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Williamstown in Hancock County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fort Necessity

Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 
 
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1. Fort Necessity Marker
Inscription.  
7/8 mile west – site of
Fort Necessity
Erected in 1812 by Hull’s
army on its march north-
ward from Fort McArthur,
when incessant rains and
mud made further advance
impossible.

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker series.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 40° 49.173′ N, 83° 39.093′ W. Marker was in Williamstown, Ohio, in Hancock County. Marker was at the intersection of U.S. 68 and County Route 10, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 68. This marker was most probably located on the northwest corner of the intersection of U.S. 68 and County Road 10. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Williamstown OH 45897, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Hull’s Trail 1812 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hull's Trail, 1812 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Dunkirk Veterans Memorial
Fort Necessity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2019
2. Fort Necessity Marker
View looking north along U.S. 68. On the right you can see the green sign that indicates the Hancock and Hardin County line, and County Road 10 is a Hardin County Road, but the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker is a Hancock County marker, so it would be on the north side of this intersection.
(approx. 3.1 miles away); Hog-Creek Marsh (approx. 4.9 miles away); Village of Arlington / The Arlington Heritage (approx. 5.3 miles away); a different marker also named Hull's Trail, 1812 (approx. 6.1 miles away); a different marker also named Hull’s Trail (approx. 6.1 miles away); Johnny Appleseed (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is part of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail series (type C) which was put in place in 1930 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ohio's Revolutionary War era Battle of Piqua, by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission.

In order to accomplish this, in 1929 the state of Ohio created the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, and then in 1930 this commission created 22 military trails, throughout western Ohio, between Cincinnati, Ohio on the state's southern border and Toledo, Ohio on the state's northern border. Each of these military trails represented the routes, or trails, used by military leaders during either the Revolutionary War, the Indian Wars of 1790 to 1795, or the War of 1812. Each of these military routes connected various related historical sites, that were marked with Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission (type C) markers, along each of the military trails.

The routes of these military trails were in turn marked by type A and type B Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers that served as directional (type B) and distance (type A) markers.

Originally, back in 1930, there were erected 70 some of these Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, type C, markers. To date, there are only 20 some of them that have been located and posted on the Historical Marker database. A number of them are presently missing, and presumed to be permanently lost.
 
Also see . . .  Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on July 17, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRoads & VehiclesWar of 1812
 
Fort Necessity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2019
3. Fort Necessity Marker
View looking north along U.S. 68. This marker was most likely located on the northwest corner of this intersection, because the Fort Necessity site is to the west of U.S. 68, and the north side of the intersection is in Hancock County.
Fort Necessity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2019
4. Fort Necessity Marker
View looking west along County Road 10, with the marker most probably being on the right hand corner and the site of Fort Necessity being almost a mile away, and off the north side of the roadway (and into the woods).
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the MidPointe Library System (www.MidPointeLibrary.org)
5. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map
A view of an original Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map, from 1930. For a better view double click on this picture.
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types image. Click for full size.
Image provided by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission publication, dated 1931., June 26, 2019
6. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types
View of the three types of markers used by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. The marker on the left is a type A marker, the marker in the middle is a type C (just like our featured marker), and the marker on the right is a type B. For a better view double click on this picture.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 17, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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