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Near Zanesfield in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wapatomica

 
 
Wapatomica Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
1. Wapatomica Marker
Inscription. Historically a political center and site of several intertribal councils, Wapatomica is considered the most significant site of Shawnee history in Ohio. As such, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma donated the funds for this monument.

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Dedicated to Dr. William K Laidlaw, Jr. Executive Director of the Ohio Historical Society from 2003-2009, for his respect for and commitment to Native American history and the relationship he fostered between the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and the Ohio Historical Society.

(reverse side)
In memory of all our Tribal Ancestors who walked the path of life before us, may we follow with dignity.

Wapatomica was the principal village from its founding near this location sometime before 1778 until October 1786, when it was burned by militia led by Col. Benjamin Logan. The raid on Wapatomica was intended to intimidate the Shawnee; however, it caused the various Shawnee groups to join forces, increasing their collective strength. After the raid, Wapatomica residents returned to the site for a brief period, staying until the winter of 1786-87 when they relocated to Detroit.

At Wapatomica, on a pole 60 feet high, flew the flag of Moluntha, the great chief of the Shawnee wo was killed surrendering during the 1786 raid. Nearby stood the honored council

Wapatomica Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
2. Wapatomica Marker
house measuring about 75 feet wide, 150 feet long, and 16 feet high. It was built with split wood poles and covered with bark. Remnants of an ancient circular earthwork surround this memorial.
 
Erected 2010 by Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and the Ohio Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 18.6′ N, 83° 42.333′ W. Marker is near Zanesfield, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker can be reached from County Route 5S near Local Route 29, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Zanesfield OH 43360, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Wapatomica (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monroe Township School (approx. 1.7 miles away); Underground Railroad Station (was approx. 2.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Gunn's Tavern / Trading Post (was approx. 2.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); In Memory of Isaac Zane (approx. 2.3 miles away); Gen. Simon Kenton (approx. 2.3 miles away); Isaac Zane & Princess Myeerah (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of Fort Wapatomica (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zanesfield.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on land
Another area marker related to Wapatomica image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
3. Another area marker related to Wapatomica
belonging to the Ohio Historical Society and is not open to the public. It is not on or near any adjacent roadway.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 542 times since then. Last updated on April 25, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 20, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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