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Near New Paris in Darke County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fort Nesbit

A Forgotten and Lost Fort on the Ohio Frontier

 

—War of 1812 —

 
original Fort Nesbit Marker image. Click for full size.
"Phantom Beemer" downloaded from remarkableohio.org, February 18, 2006
1. original Fort Nesbit Marker
this photo was downloaded from remarkableohio.org, it was taken 2/18/2006 by "Phantom Beemer". As it was downloaded from a public site, I can only assume it is in the public domain, but certainly give credit to "Phantom Beemer", and THANK him/her for their effort to record this now extinct marker.
Inscription. Built on this high ridge, Fort Nesbit (Nisbet) offered protection for settlers, travelers, and army supply trains in northern Preble and southern Darke counties during the War of 1812. It was part of a chain of forts that extended from Fort St. Clair to Fort Wayne and Fort Meigs during this conflict. Captain James I. Nesbit built the stockade fort and was stationed there with a company of fifty-six soldiers. After the siege by the British in the summer of 1813, Captain Nesbit's company was sent to northwest Ohio to defend Fort Meigs. Captain Richard Sloan's and Lieutenant Silas Fleming's companies of Ohio militia, which largely consisted of Preble county men, garrisoned the fort after the departure of Captain Nesbit's company. Details concerning the appearance of the fort are lacking, but there was at least one blockhouse and a stockade. The last documented use of the fort was for a wedding in 1826.
 
Erected 2002 by Harrison Township Trustees, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3- 19.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 55.388′ N, 84° 47.047′ 
Fort Nesbit replacement Marker also missing image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 29, 2007
2. Fort Nesbit replacement Marker also missing
this photo was also downloaded from remarkableohio.org, with the same understanding as the first. Again, THANK YOU- "Phantom Beemer". This is a less expensive replacement of the original marker. Unfortunately, it too, as destroyed o stolen
W. Marker was near New Paris, Ohio, in Darke County. Marker could be reached from Fort Nesbit Eaton Road (County Route 138) ¼ mile south of Gibbs Road (County Route 246). Touch for map. site is approximately 5 miles north of New Paris, Ohio. Road 138 ("Primrose Rd." in Preble County) runs north off of St Rt 121. As it crosses to Darke County, it becomes Fort Nesbit Eaton Road, #138. It is approximately 1 mile east of the Indiana State Line. Marker was at or near this postal address: 300? Fort Nesbit Eaton Road, New Paris OH 45347, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Fort Black (approx. 5.2 miles away); Home of Levi Coffin (approx. 7.4 miles away in Indiana); Levi Coffin (approx. 7.4 miles away in Indiana); Madonna of the Trail (approx. 8 miles away in Indiana); The First Toll Gate (approx. 8 miles away in Indiana); Richmond's Record Roots (approx. 8.4 miles away in Indiana); Camp Maple Swamp (approx. 8.5 miles away); Sailor Street (approx. 8.6 miles away in Indiana).
 
More about this marker. the marker is missing, and the site has been abandoned. A few concrete blocks are all that remain of the small park. A sign noting an "historical site ahead" is just south of Gibbs Rd.
 
Regarding Fort Nesbit. original marker was stolen
Fort Nesbit site marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2013
3. Fort Nesbit site marker
this is the only remaining marker of Fort Nesbit. It is on Fort Nesbit Eaton Road, just south of Gibbs Road. This sign is on the right , when traveling south.
or destroyed, a nice replacement was erected, it too, was stolen or destroyed. Fort site faces the East Fork of the Whitewater River. It is approximately 5 miles down the trail from Fort Black
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Fort Nesbit site image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2013
4. Fort Nesbit site
a few concrete blocks in the undergrowth, are all that remain of the small park which once held the Fort Nesbit marker
Fort Nesbit site image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2013
5. Fort Nesbit site
my Explorer, at about the same vantage point of "Phantom Beemer's" motorcycle in his 2007 shot. Again, THANK YOU, Phantom Beemer, I hope I have given proper credit for your work. Your pix were the only record I could find of this marker.
Fort Nesbit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2013
6. Fort Nesbit Marker
the legacy of Fort Nesbit lives on in geographical features of the neighborhood
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 5, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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