BOLIVAR – Fort Laurens officials invite the community to join them as they welcome historical reenactors from around the country this weekend for their 43rd annual Revolutionary War encampment.
The event runs Saturday, July 13th, from 10 to 5 and Sunday, July 14th, from 10 to 4. Visitors will have an opportunity to explore British and Continental camps at Ohio’s only Revolutionary War-era fort, meet soldiers from both sides of the conflict, and learn about colonial American life.
Battles each day will demonstrate Revoluntary War military tactics with reenactors and others providing lecture demonstrations on weaponry, military music, army medicine, uniforms and other aspects of the fight for American independence. There will also be a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot on both days to honor the sacrifice of Revolutionary War soldiers.
Also on Saturday, George Baggett will be giving a free presentation on the story of Fort Jefferson, a short-lived frontier outpost along the Mississippi River. The presentation is from 11 am to noon in the Fort Laurens auditorium.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. All event activities and access to the Fort Laurens museum are included in the ticket price. For more information, call 330-874-2059 or visit www.fortlaurens.org.
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 by the Friends of Fort Laurens Foundation to eventually rebuild the fort. Along with Historic Zoar Village, Fort Laurens is managed by the Zoar Community Association.