News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Knight Foundation


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


Six-figure grant will help bring historic location alive
Could boost the I-77 corridor of attractions that includes Zoar, and historic sites from the days of the the Ohio & Erie canal
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


Reporter
Tim Rudell
 
What a member of the 8th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment would have looked like while building and defending Ft. Laurens in 1778
Courtesy of Rudell
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The long-disappeared walls and blockhouses of Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort may be visible again in Tuscarawas County.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on new funding to get the historical reconstruction project going.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:46)


(Click image for larger view.)

Fort Laurens was built by American soldiers in 1788 near where the Great Trail crossed the Tuscarawas River south of what is now Bolivar—where the path of the Ohio & Erie Canal would also eventually run; and where traffic now whizzes by on I-77.  

The fort’s wooden palisades, 240 feet long to a side, have been gone for two centuries.  But Tom Pieper who wrote the published history of the fort is on hand for a weekend gathering of historical re-enactors at the current state memorial park.  He and the on-site museum’s Tammi Mackey say Fort Laurens is on the way to rising again.  A community benefit fund created some years ago from fines levied on a landfill operation north of Bolivar has granted $165,000 to help rebuild Fort Laurens.  Mackey says a total reconstruction will cost more than that.  She says a price check on just the timber to replace the walls ran $50,000 and that didn't include the costs of treating the logs and installing them.  

Pieper says a portion of the grant is already being spent  for a comprehensive survey of what may be under the ground around the state memorial park…that includes the use of ground penetrating radar. 

There’s no estimate yet on how long all the necessary planning and preparation may take,  and eventually it all has to be approved by the  Ohio Historical Society, which owns the park.  

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

The Sierra Club is launching ads against Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
“'I don’t know what the ad’s going to say. But I hope it’s truthful,' said Portman." This from a man who voted "no" last winter on a Senate resolution s...

Ohio Republicans protest the loss of Mt. McKinley
I believe the U.S.gov't. was overstepping its bounds by renaming a mountain that belongs to Alaska. How would we like it if Alaska (or any other state) telling ...

Pluto: University of Akron cuts baseball - should football be next?
remember when akron and Youngstown state were both in the ovc. As a Morehead State fan, made trips to both schools and had a wonderful experience. Played Akron ...

Ohio to aid young adults who age out of foster care
I think it's a great idea. I worked for an at risk high school and it was really sad to see the amount of kids who had no where to go because they had aged out...

Could University Circle developments ripple into East Cleveland?
Outsiders are so far off the beaten path and you all need to attend the meeting being held today 8/31/15 Cleveland Public Library, 1:00 PM. http://44112news.co...

ResponsibleOhio leader says the state is trying to set Issue 3 up for failure
Ohio suppose to believe that a group of investors were united under one cause to legalize marijuana.Once legal they all of sudden turn into 10 different compani...

Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
It is a hard sell. The Students do not want to go to the football games and they do not want to pay for the program. They have a lot of student loan debt and t...

Akron considering the future of the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks
This BFGoodrich alumna says, "Thank you, Dave Lieberth!"

State creates panel to look at Ohio charter school sponsors
It is more than disturbing that charter schools, which seemed like a good idea years ago, have begun to cripple public school education.

DEVO mural in Akron is now on display downtown
The installation is not at the former site of Chili Dog Mac. CDM was one block north on the other side of Main St.

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University