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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bolivar, Ohio

Clickable Map of Tuscarawas County, Ohio and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Tuscarawas County, OH (84) Carroll County, OH (25) Coshocton County, OH (73) Guernsey County, OH (51) Harrison County, OH (42) Holmes County, OH (15) Stark County, OH (90)  TuscarawasCounty(84) Tuscarawas County (84)  CarrollCounty(25) Carroll County (25)  CoshoctonCounty(73) Coshocton County (73)  GuernseyCounty(51) Guernsey County (51)  HarrisonCounty(42) Harrison County (42)  HolmesCounty(15) Holmes County (15)  StarkCounty(90) Stark County (90)
New Philadelphia is the county seat for Tuscarawas County
Bolivar is in Tuscarawas County
      Tuscarawas County (84)  
      Carroll County (25)  
      Coshocton County (73)  
      Guernsey County (51)  
      Harrison County (42)  
      Holmes County (15)  
      Stark County (90)  
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1 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — 4 — BarracksFort Laurens
The archaeologists uncovered many clues to how the fort was constructed. It had palisaded walls made of unpeeled logs, 10 to 12 inches in diameter, some of which were split in half. They were placed against the inner wall of a trench averaging 36 . . . Map (db m163029) HM
2 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — 3 — BlockhouseFort Laurens
This open space in the fort wall is the gate, as indicated by the mold of a massive anchoring post found by the archaeologists. Beside the gate was a two-story blockhouse that afforded a view of the surrounding countryside and was used as a safe . . . Map (db m163027) HM
3 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — BolivarCorporation Limit Marker
Named for Simon Bolivar, South American liberator. Site of Ohio's only American Revolutionary Fort, 1778Map (db m159671) HM
4 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — CanalFort Laurens
After it was abandoned in 1779, Fort Laurens slowly decayed. When the Ohio & Erie Canal was constructed here in 1828, it destroyed the two eastern bastions of the fort that faced the river's edge. In 1850, when Charles Whittlesey drew this . . . Map (db m166394) HM
5 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — 7 — CemeteryFort Laurens
Twenty-one men died at Fort Laurens and were buried here, the fort cemetery. Several remains were in single or double burials, but a mass grave of at least 13 individuals is the resting place of an ill-fated wood-gathering party who were ambushed by . . . Map (db m163038) HM
6 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — 2 — ExcavationFort Laurens
The site of Fort Laurens, which had been farmed, became a state memorial in 1917. In 1968, state funds were appropriated to construct a museum, which was completed in 1971. In 1972, archaeologist R. Michael Gramly began to excavate the site. The . . . Map (db m163026) HM
7 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — Fort Laurens
The first and only fort of the Revolutionary War, established within the limits of what is now Ohio, was built here in December 1778 by General Lachlan McIntosh, as a defense against the British and Indians, and held until early in August 1779 . . . Map (db m3277) HM
8 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — 6 — HospitalFort Laurens
The hospital, a cross-shaped structure, was located here, outside the fort walls to reduce the possibility of spreading disease. Its position was in view of the sentries at the main gate and blockhouse. The hospital was partially excavated in 1973 . . . Map (db m163036) HM
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9 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — In Commemoration of Our Patriot Ancestors
In commemoration of our patriot ancestors who served with the 8th Pennsylvania and the 13th Virginia regiments at Fort Laurens from November 18, 1778 - August 2, 1779. To assure that their sacrifice to the newly founded republic was not in . . . Map (db m81585) HM WM
10 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — 10 — Interstate 77Fort Laurens
Interstate 77 was built here in the late 1960s. The highway construction caused the river, always the natural defense of the fort's east side, to be moved, and the road was built in the old river bed. With the increased traffic brought by the . . . Map (db m166396) HM
11 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — 1 — IntroductionFort Laurens
Fort Laurens was constructed in 1778 as part of an ill-fated campaign led by American Gen. Lachlan Mcintosh to neutralize the Indian threat and establish a western supply post for an attack on British Detroit. Twelve hundred men left Fort . . . Map (db m163022) HM
12 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — 5 — Northwest BastionFort Laurens
The fort was designed by the French military engineer Col. Louis Cambray-Digny. The first sections constructed were the corners, or bastions, which served as strong points against attack. A firing step, or elevated platform, was built into each, . . . Map (db m163033) HM
13 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — 8 — TombFort Laurens
The 1976 Bicentennial of the American Revolution was the occasion for the reburial of the remains of the first Fort Laurens soldier excavated in 1973. This fallen defender of the fort was buried with full military honors by the Ohio National Guard . . . Map (db m163041) HM
14 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — 4-79 — Treaty of Greene Ville
Treaty of Greene Ville With the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763, England lost the American Revolution and ceded to the former colonies land from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. By this time, pioneer settlers had reached . . . Map (db m77320) HM
15 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — Unknown SoldierFort Laurens, Ohio
In this place of honor rests an unknown soldier who gave his life in the struggle for American IndependenceMap (db m109095) WM
16 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar — Welcome to Ft. Laurens
Ohio's Only Revolutionary Fort 1778-79 Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier Museum - Theater - Information- Gift Shop Picnic Area- Parking Access to the Ohio & Erie Canal Historic Zoar Village and Trail Head Parking area Information . . . Map (db m166390) HM
17 Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Bolivar, Lawrence Township — 28-79 — Fort Laurens Continental Outpost of the Ohio Frontier / Survival on the Frontier
Fort Laurens Continental Outpost of the Ohio Frontier. During the American Revolution, Fort Laurens became the only Continental military fort in what would later be Ohio. Continental army troops and militia, led by General Lachlan McIntosh, . . . Map (db m225417) HM
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Dec. 4, 2023