History

Updated: March 18, 2021

Fort Meigs Presents Author Peter Cozzens

Fort Meigs will host author Peter Cozzens to discuss his latest book, Tecumseh and the Prophet, via Zoom on Thursday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. To join the webinar, use the link below:

https://zoom.us/j/95266489166.

Enter Meeting ID: 952 6648 9166.

Zoom Presentation Features Pioneer Princess

The Waterville Historical Society presents “Eleanor Lytle: Pioneer Princess” in honor of Women’s History Month on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Eleanor Lytle lived with her family until she, her mother and infant brother were kidnapped by the Seneca Indians when Eleanor was only 8 years old. Eleanor became a princess of the Seneca when she was adopted as a sister to Chief Cornplanter. Follow the life of Eleanor through her Indian childhood, two marriages, the birth of several children and all the adventures that a life on the frontier in the old northwest in the latter part of the 18th century could provide. Ultimately, Eleanor and her second husband, John Kinzie, became one of the founding families of the city once known as Checagou.

Julia Wiley, president of Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission, will offer insight into the life of Eleanor Lytle.

RSVP to jwiley@rcolaw.com to receive a Zoom invitation the day prior to the program so you may log in. The program is free of charge.

Wood County Courthouse Tours Offered In April

The Wood County Bicentennial Committee and the Wood County Board of Commissioners invite the public to explore the historic Wood County Courthouse during guided tours that will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.

The tours are part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Wood County in 2020, and the 125th anniversary of the Wood County Courthouse in 2021.

Tours will take place every 30 minutes and last about an hour. They will be led by former Wood County Auditor Mike Sibbersen and Wood County Common Pleas Judge Matthew Reger and explore areas that are not typically open to the public, including the basement, attic and all floors of the courthouse.

Each tour group will be limited to 10 people to allow for social distancing, and everyone must wear a mask while inside the courthouse.

Tours must be reserved ahead of time by e-mailing Jen Heffernan at jheffernan@woodcountyohio.gov or by calling (419) 354-9210.

Wood County Museum Offers Evening Hours

New in 2021, the Wood County Museum will be open for extended evening hours on the third Thursday of each month, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This will offer a chance for visitors who normally cannot visit during the day to come out and tour the museum. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children, with discounts for seniors, students and military servicemembers. Historical Society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount.

Due to state and county COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and masks are required inside the museum buildings at all times. There are multiple hand sanitizer stations set up throughout the building as well. The museum is handicapped-accessible with an elevator, handicapped-accessible restrooms and ample parking in the visitor lot as well as behind the museum (south side). The south elevator entrance is also behind the museum.

The museum’s normal hours for self-guided tours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and weekends from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All events are detailed at woodcountyhistory.org or information can be viewed by following the Wood County Museum on Facebook and Instagram. The museum is located at 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green.

Fort Meigs Site Offers Reduced Admission

Fort Meigs will offer reduced museum admission until the fort reopens in April of 2021. Winter rates are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors age 60 and older, $3.00 for students and free for ages 5 and younger and for Ohio History Connection members. Winter museum hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.

The fort’s top priority is the safety of its visitors and staff. Staff are following guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Health to create the safest environment possible for reopening.

Fort Meigs is located at 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. For more information, visit www.fortmeigs.org or call (419) 874-4121.

I Hear Tell Too Available For Purchase

The Whitehouse Historical Society recently published a second volume of village stories, titled I Hear Tell Too.

Books are available at the Whitehouse village office and at Whitehouse Motors on Providence Street in Whitehouse.

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