220th Anniversary of historic battle to be commemorated Aug. 23
Metroparks and partners will commemorate the 220th anniversary of the Battle of Fallen Timbers Saturday, August 23, 2014, with a wreath-laying ceremony, guest speakers, and tours of the battlefield in Maumee, Ohio.
The free, public event will honor those on both sides of the battle who clashed in 1794 in the woods amid trees toppled by a storm. About 30-50 men died on each side of the battle line: On one side was General Anthony Wayne’s Legion of the United States, with help from the Kentucky Militia; on the other side were Native Americans who had joined a confederacy supported by the British to fend off Wayne’s army.
The Legion’s decisive victory in the brief battle led to the Treaty of Greenville, and ultimately to Ohio becoming a state.
2 to 4 p.m.: Open House at the Fallen Timbers Battlefied, Jerome Road, Maumee;
Presenters from The Canadian Militia, Kentucky Militia, Black Swamp Intertribal Association and Metroparks. Activities available for children and adults to experience daily life as a soldier.
3 to 3:45 p.m.: “Circle of Life”
Special presentation by Shawnee storyteller Ron Hatten (Wehyehpihehrsehnhwah).
4 to 5 p.m: Commemoration and Memorial Ceremony
Honoring the fallen in the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers. Wreath laying ceremony, historical music and keynote by State Rep. Michael Sheehy.
5 to 6 p.m: Guided Battlefield Tours.
Parking: There is limited parking at the battlefield, but parking and shuttle buses will be available at the Fallen Timbers Mall, adjacent to the battlefield. Additional parking will be available at the Fallen Timbers Monument (about a ¾ mile walk).
Metroparks owns the battlefield on Jerome Road on the north side of the Anthony Wayne Trail, and manages Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial Park, a historical monument owned by Ohio History Connection on the south side of the highway. The two are connected via a bike/pedestrian bridge. A third site, Fort Miamis on River Road in Maumee, is also a Metroparks property and preserves the site of a British fort used during Fallen Timbers and again in the War of 1812.
A visitor center has been designed for the battlefield, which will also have restroom facilities and parking to service that site and the nearby Wabash Cannonball Trail, a regional bike trail. Construction could begin as early as this fall. The park will be open to the public next spring.