Bolivar, Ohio - Historic Zoar Village is kicking off its 2019 season this Saturday with an opportunity for visitors to interact with some famous historical figures.

The festivities kick off at 11 am with a presentation on Benjamin Franklin by living history interpreter Bill Robling as part of the Fort Laurens free Speaker Series. Robling has portrayed Franklin for the past 18 years and starred in the 2004 History Channel film, “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.” He has also portrayed Franklin in films for the National Geographic Channel, the University of Virginia Library and others. 
Robling will remain on site at Fort Laurens for the Character Walk that runs from 1 to 4 pm. Walk participants will explore the site of Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort alongside Lachlan McIntosh, John Heckewelder, Simon Girty and others affiliated with the fort and the fight for American Independence. Tickets for the walk are $10 each and include a tour of the Fort Laurens Museum. For more information, call 330-874-2059 or visit

About Fort Laurens

Fort Laurens is Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort and features a museum, memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Patriot and visible outline of the original fort. The site was considered a stepping stone across the West to stage an attack on the British at Fort Detroit during the American Revolution. Fundraising and plans are currently underway to eventually rebuild the fort. Along with Historic Zoar Village, Fort Laurens is managed by the Zoar Community Association.

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