Fort Meigs is excited to announce that a twenty-five member section of the U.S. Navy Great Lakes Band will be playing a concert during the fort’s Life in Early Ohio event on Sunday, August 26th. “We highlight the skilled trades and non-combat, yet essential, functions of the military during our Life in Early Ohio event” stated Rick Finch, director of Fort Meigs. “Music was an integral part of early military life, and having the Navy band will add a wonderful new addition to the event,” said Mr. Finch. The band will play an approximately half-hour concert starting at 11:00 a.m. that will feature patriotic and martial music.
This is one component of a weekend-long event at Fort Meigs. Come learn about the trades and skills you might have used in the early U.S. military and in Ohio’s frontier period at the Life in Early Ohio event at Fort Meigs on August 25th and 26th.
Historical interpreters and skilled trades people will be demonstrating their crafts. Many demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend including period cooking, threshing wheat, blacksmithing, Indian beadwork and woodcarving, candle making, rope making, Windsor chair making, violin making, spinning wool, painting portraitures, and more!
Soldiers and civilians dressed in clothing of the time period will provide demonstrations and hands-on activities that highlight life in Ohio’s early frontier period. Make sure to try your hand at making a haversack, a 19th century lunch bag. Kids can also learn to dip candles and play period games. War of 1812 soldiers will demonstrate how to fire muskets and cannons throughout the day.
Fort Meigs is open from 9:30 – 5:00 p.m. on both days of the event. Event admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children (6 – 18 years), and children five and under and active service military (with ID) are free.
Fort Meigs, the largest reconstructed, wooden-walled fort in the country, is located one mile west of downtown Perrysburg at 29100 W. River Road (S.R. 65). For more information on this event or all of the other events at this National Historic Landmark, visit us on-line at www.fortmeigs.org or call 800-283-8916.
- Fort Meigs | Perrysburg, OH