Plan Your Visit

Located just moments from I- 77 in Bolivar, Ohio, Fort Laurens is a must-see destination for anyone with a thirst for history. Home of the Fort Laurens Museum, a park area, two picnic shelters, and a trailhead for the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, this site is a nice addition to any day trip to the area. Its location is convenient to nearby Historic Zoar Village as well as shops, restaurants, museums, theaters, gardens, and wineries. There is something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

MUSEUM HOURS
May:                   Sat. 11-4; Sun. 12-4
June-Aug.:         Wed.-Sat. 11-4; Sun. 12-4
Sept.:                  Fri.-Sat. 11-4; Sun. 12-4
Oct.:                   Sat. 11-4; Sun. 12-4
Nov.-April:         CLOSED

Events
See our Special Events Calendar for upcoming Speaker Series presentations and other events.

TICKET PRICES
Fort Laurens Museum Admission: $5/adult (18+); $3/child (5-17)

Combo Tickets for Fort Laurens Museum and Historic Zoar Village are available: $10/adult (18+); $5/child (5-17), Combo tickets can be purchased as both Fort Laurens and the Historic Zoar Village Visitors Center.

Free Admission for Active Duty Military and Families (Memorial Day – Labor Day)
Fort Laurens Museum is a Blue Star Museum and admits all military personnel and up to five family members for free. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and over 2,000 museums across America that offer free admission to our nation’s active military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR

March 19, 2016

Free Speaker Series: The Native Americans of Fort Laurens and Tuscarawas County
Presenter: Dr. James Seeley, Kent State University

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

April 16, 2016

Free Speaker Series: How Fort Laurens Became a Park
Presenter: Thomas Pieper
Learn the story of Christian Baatz, the Massillon DAR and how they helped to make Fort Laurens a park in 1917.

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

May 21, 2016

Free Speaker Series: The American Revolution Vs. the French Revolution
Presenter: Dr. Anne York, Youngstown State University
A comparison of the American Revolution and the French Revolution. Did the Americans inspire later Revolutions?

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

May 21, 2016

Let Them Eat Cake!
Join us as we sample various treats, desserts and teas from around the 18th century British empire all while enjoying a history of the role of women in the realm.

Start: 2 pm
End: 4 pm
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: $10 per person

May 28, 2016

Veteran’s Speaker Series: The History of Memorial Day
Presenter: Leslie Gordon, University of Akron
Civil war expert, Dr. Gordon, discusses the historic origins of Memorial Day and why it still matters today. This presentation is part of a special series discussing the historic lives and current lives of America’s veterans.

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

June 18, 2016

Free Speaker Series: The New Deal in Tuscarawas County
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Bindas, Kent State University
Dr. Bindas discusses the Great Depression, the New Deal and the many WPA and CCC projects that took place in Tuscarawas County and in Ohio, including many projects completed right at Fort Laurens.

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

July 4, 2016

4th of July Ceremony

Join us at Ohio’s Only Revolutionary War Fort as we salute Independence Day. A ceremony will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier featuring guest speakers and a firing salute by local Revolutionary War re-enactors.

Start: 10 am
End: Noon
Venue: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

July 4, 2016

Veteran’s Speaker Series: Pension Problems after the Revolutionary War
Presenter: Doug Angeloni
What happened to the soldiers of the Revolution after the war ended? Doug Angeloni discusses what soldiers had to do to prove they served, and receive their pensions, in an era long before digital records. This presentation is part of a special series discussing the historic lives and current lives of America’s veterans.

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

July 9 & 10, 2016

Revolutionary War Reenactment
Ready, aim, fire! The soldiers of the Brigade of the American Revolution take over Fort Laurens in this two-day event. Weapons demonstrations, medical demonstrations, camp life and a mock battle are just a few of the activities featured at this must-see event.

Start: Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
End:  Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 4:30 pm
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum and Grounds
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children

July 16, 2016

Free Speaker Series: Fort Life During the American Revolution
Presenter: Dr. Martha Pallante, Youngstown State University

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

July 23, 2016

Sons of the American Revolution Ceremony
Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution from all over Ohio pay tribute to the Soldiers of Fort Laurens during their annual ceremony.

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Tomb of the Unknown Solider
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

August 13, 2016

Dressed for Battle
From breeches to battle, learn the significance of each piece of clothing and equipment as our soldiers and civilians dress for battle!

Start: TBD
End: TBD
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: $5 for adults

August 20, 2016

Free Speaker Series
Not yet confirmed

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

September 3, 2016

Jog for Logs 5K Fun Run/Walk

This 5k and fun run is one unlike any you’ve ran before. Revolutionary War Soldiers line the trail encouraging you as you go! Stop for a quick drink provided by one of our water wenches! This race follows the towpath trail and begins and ends at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Racers can choose which side to fight for by picking the British or American colors. All proceeds go to the Fort Laurens museum. Pre-registration required for t-shirt.

Start: 10 am
End: TBD
Venue: The grounds of the Fort Laurens Museum
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: TBD

September 11, 2016

Veteran’s Speaker Series: The History of PTSD
Presenter: Dr. Margaret DeLillo-Storey

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

September 17, 2016

Free Speaker Series: Serge, The Voyageur
Presenter: Foster Brown

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

September 24, 2016

Moccasin Roast
Join us at the Friends of Fort Laurens’ annual fundraiser. Please contact the Friends of Fort Laurens Foundation (info@friendsoffortlaurens.org ) for reservations.

Start: 5 pm
End: TBD
Venue: Grounds of the Fort Laurens Museum
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: TBD

October 1, 2016

Archaeology Day
Join local experts at this event that has something for the whole family. Hands-on activities are planned to give children the opportunity to explore archaeology at Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort.

Start: 1 pm
End: 4 pm
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum and Grounds
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: $5 adults

October 15, 2016

Free Speaker Series: TBD

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

October 21 & 22, 2016

Trick or Treaty
This tour offers the unique opportunity to experience the museum and grounds of Fort Laurens, including the cemetery and tomb of the unknown soldier, at night. This night of thrills and chills will conclude with candy and apple cider. Reservations requested. Want even more ghostly adventures? Combo tickets can be purchased for Trick or Treaty and the Zoar’s Lantern Tours.

Start: 5:30, tours every 15 minutes
End: last tour begins at 8
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum and Grounds
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: $10

November 6, 2016

Veterans Day Ceremony and Luncheon

Mark your calendar for this Veterans Day event to be held on the Fort Laurens grounds at the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot of the American Revolution. Local reenactors from the Brigade of the American Revolution will perform a gun salute with the Fort Laurens American Legion acting as the event’s Color Guard. As part of the ceremony, a wreath will be laid at the tomb for every soldier killed in action at Fort Laurens. A lunch inside the Fort Laurens Museum for veterans and their families will follow the ceremony.

Start: 1 pm, luncheon at 2
End: TBD
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum and Grounds
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

November 6, 2016

Veterans Speaker Series: The Bonus Army
Presenter: Dr. Kevin Kern, University of Akron
Dr. Kern explores the Bonus Army and the “war” for soldiers’ benefits and job security after World War I.

Start: 3 pm
End: 4pm
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free

November 19, 2016

Free Speaker Series: Abigail Adams
Presenter: Jessica Michna
Join Abagail Adams as she discusses her life, her children, being married to a president and much more.

Start: 11 am
End: Noon
Venue: Fort Laurens Museum Auditorium
Address: 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW Bolivar OH 44612
Cost: Free