On the banks of the Maumee River, Fort Meigs played a crucial role in the War of 1812. The British and their Native American allies attempted several times to control Fort Meigs. One of the bloodiest battles during a seige of Fort Meigs claimed over 600 lives.
Fort Meigs in later years passed through several owners, eventually being restored first in the 1970s and then again in the 2000s. It’s current purpose as part of the Ohio History Connection is to share the history of its significance during the War of 1812. With that history come many stories. Sharing this history requires many volunteers. To benefit those dedicated volunteers, Fort Meigs annually hosts a Garrison Ghost walk.
The Garrison Ghost Walk is set in historic times with guides dressed in period costumes. Groups of 40 depart every 15 minutes from 7-9 PM on October 20-21 and October 27-28. Guests must buy their tickets in advance and only online. The first time slots are suitable for guests of all ages, while the last two time slots of the day are reserved exclusively for those over 18 years of age.
Volunteers man five different story stations throughout the walk, which occurs rain or shine. Be prepared for the weather, but realize that there are concessions made if the weather becomes disagreeable. Be prepared to walk on uneven ground and mostly outdoors.
The five different story stations take guests back to the past. The spooky stories relate to the fort, to the area or to the period of time and all have a kernel of truth to them. One of the popular stories is about a spotter who predicted where the cannonballs would land. Well acquainted with trajectories, this man was able to direct soldiers out of harm’s way. His success rate was impressive until one time he was unable to see the path of a cannonball. He didn’t know what had happened and his misjudgment led to his untimely death. (You will have to join the Garrison Ghost Walk to hear the ending.) Some say that this spotter still haunts the grounds of Fort Meigs.
The stories do change every year, so even if you have visited before, don’t assume that it is a repeat of the past. Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase. Join a tour and enjoy a spooky evening of history and fun.
For more eerie encounters, Find It Here at Ohio.org.