Ready for an invasion

Two hundred years ago, British soldiers and their Native American allies attacked Ohio by land and sea. Officials are hoping for an even bigger invasion of unarmed tourists, as celebrations of Ohio’s role in the War of 1812 heat up during the next few weeks
Tom Jackson
Jul 11, 2013


Larry Fletcher, executive director of Lake Erie Shores and Islands in Ottawa County, told members of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission last month that tens of thousands of tourists are expected to come into the area.

Many will flock to Ottawa County. The Perry Monument at Put-in-Bay is expected to draw more interest than ever, and the re-enactment of The Battle of Lake Erie will take place Sept. 2 a short distance away from Put-in-Bay. Tourists are also expected to come to Port Clinton when the city hosts some of the tall ships coming to the area.

Here are some of the highlights of the War of 1812 events and exhibitions in northern Ohio:

• Ongoing — If you want to begin your War of 1812 experience right away, go to the Rutherford B. Hayes   Center in Fremont for the museum’s current exhibition, “The War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier.” Check the website,, to combine your visit with other attractions, such as a vintage base ball game played under 19th Century rules.

• Ongoing — Fort Meigs in Perrysburg bills itself as “Ohio’s War of 1812 battlefield.” The reconstructed fort was attacked twice by the British during the war. The fort’s revamped website,, lists special events held there this year.

• Ongoing — Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. If you’ve never been there, you may want to know that the visitor center has a good exhibit on the battle. The view from the top of the monument is great, and plenty of special events are planned. For information go to

• Aug. 2-4 — On Aug. 2, 1813, the defenders of Fort Stephenson repulsed a British attack in a battle that turned Maj. George Croghan into a war hero. Fremont’s Birchard Library is located where the fort once stood. Fremont organizers plan re-enactments of the battle and other events during an Aug. 2-4 celebration. Details are at

• Aug. 9 to Nov. 10 — A new Toledo Museum of Art exhibit, “Perry’s Victory: The Battle of Lake Erie,” opens Aug. 9 and continues into November. Museum officials said the free exhibit will include paintings, prints, sculpture, artifacts, letters and music, all assembled to tell the story of Perry’s decisive naval victory.        n Aug. 30-Sept. 1 — Port Clinton will bring in two tall ships from Canada for a festival in the Water Works Park area, featuring historical re-enactors, storytellers, cannon firings, vendors and the OSU marching band. Tours of the ships will be offered.

• Aug. 29-Sept. 2 — A series of events centered in Put-in-Bay, including a visit by tall ships and a Sept. 2 reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie. Details at  .

• Sept. 16 — Sandusky Library presentation at 6:30 p.m. on “The War of 1812, Fort Meigs and Fort Stephenson” by Larry Nelson, adjunct professor at BGSU Firelands. 


AJ Oliver

"British soldiers and their Native American allies attacked Ohio by land and sea."
Not exactly. It was the US government that declared war, and the rationale was shakey at best. It was our first war of choice.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could recognize the war's importance without re-writing history?


Re: "rationale was shakey at best."

The Brits harassing our merchant vessels and high jacking our sailors was a "shaky" rationale for war?


Don't mind Mr. Oliver. His mindset is much like that of his hero's (Barack Obama) in that the United States of America is nothing special and is, in fact, a greedy and bad place. It's not that the government (and the people) haven't made mistakes, some of them reprehensible (the "deal" given the Native Americans is a prime example). It's just that in the view of certain people, everything that's remotely less than warm, fuzzy, and preferably communistic — or the gods forbid, involves violence — is evil and wrong, regardless of the rationale.


The Americans gained control over Lake Erie in 1813, seized parts of western Ontario, and ended the prospect of an Indian confederacy and an independent Indian state in the Midwest under British sponsorship.


How was Ohio attacked by "sea"? Don't you have to live near an ocean for that to occur?


The Great Lakes have often been referred to as: Inland seas.

2cents's picture

Ah yes Inland Seas, a nice heavy steel power boat made in Sandusky!

AJ Oliver

Hey Sam - if you attack people from behind a screen of anonymity, you might be a sniveling coward. I think my year of service in Vietnam entitles me to a measure of free speech, don't you punk?
The US did NOT gain an end to impressment with the Treaty of Ghent, so how could that issue have been central to the war? And as to trade, the Brits and Napoleon were involved in a death struggle to which the US war was but a small side show. Both of them "harassed" US shipping by trying to block supplies to their opponents. And the British trade restricting "Orders in Council" had already been repealed when the US delcared war. The war was EXTREMELY unpopular with the Federalists, some of whom came close to seceeding over it.