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Learn about Native American culture at Fort Meigs' Woodland Indian Day

Fort Meigs, Perrysburg, Ohio
Fort Meigs, Perrysburg, Ohiocourtesy Fort Meigs

History enthusiasts, especially those interested in Native American traditions and culture, should check out the Woodland Indian Day being presented at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio on Saturday, January 25.

Woodland Indian Day Being called a Native American Interpretation, Woodland Indian Day is taking place at Fort Meigs' Visitor Center and features a huge display of Native American crafts and will include Woodland Indian re-enactors demonstrating their trades.

There will be several hands-on activities for visitors to participate in and they will be able to see a Native American costume show-and-tell.

A Bit About Woodland Indians Woodland Indian tribes (including the Iroquois, Algonquian, Mound Builders and Shawnee) lived east of the Plains Indians, extending from New England to Maryland to the Great Lakes. The Woodland tribes lived in forests near lakes and streams and all their clothing, shelter, food, tools and weapons came from the forest.

The Woodland tribes lived in wigwams (for one family) or in longhouses (shared by several families).

The Woodland Indians were considered hunters and gatherers and hunted bear, moose, beavers, raccoons, rabbits and fish and grew crops like corn, pumpkins, squash and melons.

A Bit About Fort Meigs Established by then Major-General William Henry Harrison (later the 9th President of the United States) on the south side of the Maumee River in 1813, this 10-acre fort was constructed over a three month period by 200 men using only hand tools, shovels and pick axes to dig through the frozen ground. The Fort was meant to serve as a temporary supply depot and a staging area for an invasion by American troops into Canada.

Fort Meigs was later the site of a battle during the War of 1812.

Hours for the Woodland Indian Day event are 9:30 a.m - 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (60+) and $4 for students. Children 5 and under are free.

For more information about Woodland Indian Day or about Fort Meigs call 419-874-4121 or get online at www.fortmeigs.org.

Fort Meigs is located at 29100 W. River Rd. in Perrysburg, Ohio. Perrysburg is 111 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a one hour, 50 minute drive.