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Friends of Fort Laurens

Depiction of Fort Laurens "You may depend on my defending it [Fort Laurens] to the last extremity and of my care to prevent surprise."

--Col. John Gibson to Gen. Lachlan McIntosh 13 Feb. 1779

Re-enactors at Fort Laurens Named in honor of Henry Laurens, then president of the Continental Congress, Fort Laurens was built in 1778 in an ill-fated campaign to attack the British at Detroit. Supplying this wilderness outpost was its downfall, as its starving garrison survived on boiled moccasins and withstood a month-long siege by British-led Indians. The fort was abandoned in 1779.

Today, only the outline of the fort remains, but a small museum commemorates the frontier soldier, houses a video giving the fort's history and archaeological artifacts from the fort's excavation.

The large park surrounding the museum is an ideal picnic site, with two shelters, and the location for periodic military reenactments. The remains of the soldiers who died defending the fort are buried in a crypt in the museum wall and at the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot of the American Revolution.

Hours: May 1–October 31

Monday - Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Open Holidays
(Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day)
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Holidays
(New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas,
Monday holidays unless specified)

Hours: November 1 – April 30

November 1 – April 30 CLOSED

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Admission (Museum)

OHS Members FREE
Adults $3.00
Youths 6 - 12 $1.00
Youths 5 & under FREE
School Groups $3.00 for adult, $1.00 for students
Park Admission FREE

AAA discounts given. Military discounts are available to all active military personnel.

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Fort Laurens is at the south edge of Bolivar, in Tuscarawas County, on County Road 102 about 1/2 mile south of State Route 212. Exit I-77 at State Route 212.

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General Information

Fort Laurens
11067 Fort Laurens Road
Bolivar, OH 44612

Fort Laurens is managed by the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureauon behalf of the Ohio Historical Society.

1-800-283-8914 (toll free)

Site Manager:
A.Wolfe and T. Mackey


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