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General Anthony Wayne Blockhouse

 
 
General Anthony Wayne Blockhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
1. General Anthony Wayne Blockhouse Marker
Inscription.
In Memory of
General Anthony Wayne
Who Died Here Dec. 15th, 1796

 
Location. 42° 8.404′ N, 80° 4.46′ W. Marker is in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Ash Street 0.2 miles from East 3rd Street, on the left. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Erie PA 16507, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Presque Isle Forts (approx. 0.3 miles away); American Fort (approx. 0.3 miles away); Erie Heritage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Erie Area Native Americans (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Presque Isle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort de la Presqu'ile (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Erie Stone (approx. 0.3 miles away); Anthony Wayne (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Erie.
 
More about this marker. To view this historical marker drive north on Ash Street until it ends at the entrance of the Soldiers and Sailors Home. Proceed through the entrance, onto the grounds of this facility, and bear to your left on the facility's service road. This road will lead you to the facility's gated cemetery. Do not enter the cemetery, but instead bear left once again to a gravel service road which initially follows
General Anthony Wayne Blockhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
2. General Anthony Wayne Blockhouse Marker
View of the historical marker displayed over the entrance to the Wayne Blockhouse.
the southern boundary of the cemetery, and then takes you to the Wayne Blockhouse.
 
Regarding General Anthony Wayne Blockhouse. On December 15, 1796 General "mad" Anthony Wayne died and was buried at the foot of the flag pole at Fort Presqu'Isle. In 1853 the abandoned fortification was burned down and the land around it leveled. The gravesite of General Wayne was lost until rediscovered again in 1878. In 1880 the state of Pennsylvania built a replica of the fort's blockhouse over the re-discovered grave of General Wayne and called it the Wayne Blockhouse.

The story of Major General "Mad Anthony" Wayne, Revolutionary War hero and Commander-in-Chief of the American Army, being buried in two separate locations nearly 400 miles apart, is truly strange, but true. The Wayne Blockhouse is the original location after his death in 1796, and the place where his flesh was buried after his remains were dismembered and the flesh boiled off of his bones in 1809. The rest of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne was buried at St. David's Church, in Radnor, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .
1. Anthony Wayne. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on August 6, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Anthony Wayne.
General Anthony Wayne Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
3. General Anthony Wayne Blockhouse
View of the Anthony Wayne Blockhouse, built upon the site of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne's original grave. The historical marker is located over the entrance to the blockhouse.
(Submitted on August 6, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Wayne Buried in Two Places. This web link was published by Paoli Battlefield Historical Park. (Submitted on August 6, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Where Mad Anthony Wayne Died. This site is published by RoadsideAmerica.com as part of their guide to offbeat tourist attractions. (Submitted on January 16, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesMilitaryNotable PersonsWar, US RevolutionaryWars, US Indian
 
American Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
4. American Fort Marker
View of a neighboring marker (located several blocks away) that describes the American fort that was located at the site of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne's grave at the time of his death.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,339 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 1, 2016.
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