Events

Nov
18
Sat
Free Speaker Series: Gallagher the Canaler @ Fort Laurens Museum
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

November’s FREE speaker will be Foster Brown from the Cleveland Metroparks, to give a first-person interpretation as Gallagher the Canaler. The Fort Laurens Speaker series takes place March-November on the third Saturday at 11 am in the museum auditorium. The museum is located at 11067 Fort Laurens Rd. Bolivar, OH 44612. Questions? Call 330-874-2059

Mar
17
Sat
Speaker Series
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Speaker Series returns in March with author and artist, Alan Fitzpatrick. This talk centers on the previously untold number of white captives during the 18th century wars, who, once adopted by the major tribes, chose not to return to colonial society once given the chance to do so. I wrote the book with the help of the tribal archivist of the Wyandot Nation in Oklahoma, so the talk reveals the Native side of the story of the war years and deals specifically with many white men who were living and fighting alongside the Indians as adopted sons, such as Simon Girty, the most notable, and the role they played in campaigns, including the attack and siege of Fort Laurens.

Apr
21
Sat
Speaker Series
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meet the notorious Simon Girty. A white man who fought with the Indians Girty is one of the most controversial figures in American History. Early settlers in the area feared him as a violent and dangerous renegade. The British considered him an invaluable asset in their struggle to subdue the rebellious Americans. The Indians adopted him and considered him a brother. Meet the man and learn the facts behind his extraordinary life and legend.This will be a first person presentation by Dave Westrick, researcher, historical reenactor, and expert on early American History.

Character Walk
Apr 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us on a journey through history on our very first Character Walk to be held at Fort Laurens. Visitors will walk the grounds and encounter various characters associated with Fort Laurens including Simon Girty, John Gibson, and some famous Fort Laurens descendants. Admission is $10 per person which includes entrance to the museum. Tour will leave every 20 minutes from 1:00 – 4:00.

 

Apr
27
Fri
Homeschool Day
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., explore the range of history at Fort Laurens with interactive stations from American Indian activities to Revolutionary War history, and the Ohio and Erie Canal. This event is partnered with the Historic Zoar Village Spring Homeschool Day, which gives students the opportunity to experience two unique history sites in one day! Admission for Fort Laurens Homeschool Day is $3 per student. There is one free adult allowed per group, with additional adults $3 each. A combination ticket between Historic Zoar Village and Fort Laurens Homeschool Days is $6 per student, with one free adult and $8 for each additional adult. Reservations are required for Homeschool Day and can be made by calling (330) 874-3011

 

May
19
Sat
Speaker Series
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Speaker Series returns in May with a first person interpretation of George and Martha Washington as they discuss life during winter encampments in the years 1779-1783. The Washingtons will be portrayed by Bill and Cara Elder.

Jun
16
Sat
Speaker Series
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Acclaimed the “Finest Flag Show in America!” Entertainment for the whole family! Many Faces of Old Glory, tells the history of how we got our flag and how we got the United States. Because you cannot tell the story of how we got our flag without telling how we got the United States. Now this is not a history lecture. There is humor in some of the stories and we hope you will laugh when it is funny, but we know you will be thrilled when it is thrilling … there are a few sad places too. This presentation will be given by Vane Scott III who carries on the tradition of his father, the founder of the Colonial Flag Company.

Jun
30
Sat
Let Them Eat Cake
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

You’re invited to an afternoon tea on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Fort Laurens Museum. This program will focus on women of the 18th century. Those attending will sample a variety of desserts and teas. Guests are invited to dress in their finest clothing both period and modern day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-874-2059. Cost is $10 per guest.

Jul
13
Fri
History Camp
Jul 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Travel back in time and explore the America of centuries past during History Camp at Historic Zoar Village and the Fort Laurens Museum! Each day, learn about a different period in American history, including the Revolutionary War and Canal life. Students will experience history hands on through engaging interactive demonstrations, participating in a day in the life of the Separatists of Zoar, and meeting the people who lived at the time. July 11 and 12 will take place in Zoar. July 13 will take place at Fort Laurens. Each day, camp beings at 1pm and ends at 4pm. Cost for the camp is $10 per child per day, or $25 for all three days and includes an afternoon snack. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-874-3011.

 

 

 

Jul
14
Sat
Revolution on the Tuscarawas Reenactment and Encampment
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – Jul 15 @ 4:00 am

Ready, Aim, Fire! Travel back in time and spend a weekend at Fort Laurens during Revolution on the Tuscarawas: Revolutionary War Encampment and Reenactment. On Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, explore British and Continental camps, meet soldiers from both sides of the conflict, learn about colonial American life, and more! Kids can enjoy musket drills, colonial American games, and crafts throughout the event. Tours of Fort Laurens Museum and grounds will run both days. To close out each day, watch a mock battle for American Independence. Admission for the event is $10/for adults and $5 for children 12 & under. Hours for the event are Saturday 10 am -5 pm, and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.