Historic Fort Laurens

Fort Laurens was built as a strategic location for staging an attack on the British at Fort Detroit during the American Revolution. From November  1778 to August 1779, there were many twists and turns to the story of Fort Laurens. Twenty one soldiers perished before the fort was abandoned.

Today’s visitors can walk the grounds and see the fort’s original outline. A small museum pays tribute to the “frontier soldier” through video and artifacts excavated onsite. Memorializing all unknown casualties of the Revolution, Fort Laurens’ Tomb of the Unknown Patriot is the final resting place of one of the fort’s  soldiers who are unable to be identified.

We are located just two miles from Historic Zoar Village along the Ohio and Erie Canalway Towpath Trail. Stop by to learn about the Fight for Independence on the Ohio frontier! We recommend planning about an hour for your visit.