Defiance's Original Plat
Historic Homes of Defiance began researching Defiance's Original Plan in 2000 with the intent of nominating a significant number of blocks to an historic district. The district is significant and eligible for . . . — — Map (db m165821) HM
The site of the fort was set aside as a public park in 1823 by the Village of Defiance.
Enter and follow the series of in-ground bronze plaques that highlight the fort's 1794-96 storyline and features.
The Glaize was the name . . . — — Map (db m160519) HM
Buffalo were recorded here in 1718 to the east across the river.
This entire area was an important Indian trade center from early times to c. 1830.
Trading posts were established here in the middle 1700's including George Ironside's and Peter . . . — — Map (db m28539) HM
Caboose 90950 was built in 1929. A caboose is usually
the last car on a freight train and is used by the train
crew. This caboose has a wood-burning stove for cooking
and heat, an ice box for food storage, and three bunk beds.
Train crews . . . — — Map (db m173586) HM
Practiced medicine and surgery at Defiance Ohio, from 13th July 1871. He carried cheer, hope and relief into many afflicted households.
The names of the American ancestors of Charles Elihu Slogum are:
Caleb W. Joseph Eleazer John . . . — — Map (db m173129) HM
These cannons, used for coastal defense, were located in North Carolina's
Confederate Fort Fisher. They were captured by Union forces during the Civil
War. They were given to the community of Defiance in 1896 by the U.S. Government.
Originally . . . — — Map (db m160541) HM WM
On August 9, 1794, General Anthony Wayne ordered Major Henry Burbeck to erect a garrison
at the confluence. Though it was constructed in only six days using crude implements and
materials that were on hand, it was the strongest fort built during . . . — — Map (db m160528) HM
Mineral Spring 1790
Birthplace of Ottawa
Chief Shabonee 1775
Lodge of Shawnee Chief
Blue Jacket 1792
Winchester Camp No 1
Blue Jacket . . . — — Map (db m28354) HM
This bell was cast for the courthouse clocktower in 1873.
The metal for the bell was obtained by breaking up an
old brass cannon found sitting at a foundry in
The old field piece was made in Strassburg, Germany and
dated . . . — — Map (db m171219) HM
A trench sixteen feet wide by eight feet deep was dug on three sides of the fort. Earth removed from the trench was used to form a six-foot high earthen parapet next to the fort's wall of pickets and exterior sides of the blockhouses. The parapet . . . — — Map (db m160536) HM
Baker, Clifford E.
Groll, George R.
Humbarcer, Max R.
Keener, Demar D.
Michoff, Donald L.
Mohr, Richard D.
Neff, William H.
Rowe, William E.
Vajen, Lloyd C.
Weber, Richard A.
Yeager, Ralph . . . — — Map (db m175440) WM
To the veterans
of wartime & peacetime
of the USA
thank you for your service
yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
You are not forgotten by those of us
who treasure our freedoms.
Your sacrifice, and that of your loved one
is still very . . . — — Map (db m172997) WM
French Mission 1650
Jesuit Mission 1670
Moravian Christian Indians 1781
Great Indian Cornfields 1794
Cabin and Home of Delaware
Chief Whingy-Pooshies and
Boy Captive, John Brickell
1791 - 1794 - 1795
British . . . — — Map (db m165819) HM
This area was first seen by the Europeans c. 1650, and following the Indian Wars, the first white settlers arrived in the spring of 1815.
Five prehistoric Indian mounds were found in this area.
The three rivers, prior to paved roads, . . . — — Map (db m173057) HM
This bridge a pratt through truss, was built in
1906 by the Massillon Bridge Company of Toledo,
Ohio at a cost of $3,967.50. It replaced a bridge
built in 1882. Dey road was petitioned for as a
public road in 1832 In what was then . . . — — Map (db m159985) HM
The Response – Defiance Crescent-News
Thursday, March 27, 1913
"The great yellow flood of muddy water that swept the Maumee
Valley and seemed to make Defiance its central point was followed by a fall of pure white snow . . . — — Map (db m165820) HM
The Beginning, Sunday March 23, 1913
The rain began on Sunday, no one knew that the Maumee
and Auglaize Rivers would rise to record heights and not
crest for four days. By Monday, the Wabash Pumping Station was completely surrounded by . . . — — Map (db m173054) HM
The arrival of the Legion of the United States at this point on August 8, 1794 marked the end of General Anthony Wayne's difficult march, through swamps and forests, from Fort GreeneVille. On this site, in the center of the Indian country, General . . . — — Map (db m18668) HM
Fort Defiance was erected upon this site by General Wayne August 9-17, 1794 and thus "The Grand Emporium of the hostile Indians of the west was gained without loss of blood."
From this point General Wayne advanced against the Indians and . . . — — Map (db m18751) HM
Here in 1794 General Anthony Wayne built Fort Defiance during the Indian Wars prior to the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
Fort Winchester was built south of here during the War of 1812.
Down river from here is Preston Island, former site of Indian . . . — — Map (db m28542) HM
[Front Text] : "Fort Winchester"
General William Henry Harrison ordered the construction of Fort Winchester at the beginning of October 1812 and it was completed October 15. The fort served as a forward observation post and supply . . . — — Map (db m37974) HM
As Anthony Wayne marched up the Maumee River to Kekionga (Fort Wayne, Indiana), another
Native American stronghold, he placed Major Thomas Hunt in command of the garrison.
Major Thomas Cushing was second in command of the 200 to 300 remaining men. . . . — — Map (db m160532) HM
A camp was established September 1, 1861, for the drill and organization of the 38th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The camp was named after Allen Trimble, an early Governor of the State of Ohio. Camp Trimble was located on the former Hull farm, . . . — — Map (db m159753) HM
This house is a typical early 19th century
family dwelling. It is constructed of logs
and has one room. All family activities took
place within this space. The parents usually
slept on the ground floor and the children
bedded in the loft . . . — — Map (db m173587) HM
On May 5, 1945, the American troops commanded by
COl. Richard R. Seibel entered Mauthausen in
Austria, bringing freedom to 18,000 prisoners still
alive in the final Nazi death camp.
A famous Holocaust picture was taken that day by a
U.S. Army . . . — — Map (db m171217) HM
Anthony Wayne's army was made up of four sub-legions totaling nearly 2500 men plus a group of about 1200 mounted Kentucky militia led by general Charles Scott. Wayne's second in command was General James Wilkinson. Since Fort Defiance was a small . . . — — Map (db m160524) HM
[Text on the south side of the Marker]:
Little Turtle (Me-she-kin-o-quah)
1752 - 1812
Little Turtle, a war chief of the Miami People, was born near
present-day Fort Wayne, Indiana. From 1790 to 1794, he lived in a . . . — — Map (db m52992) HM
Officers stayed in their own log structure. It may have been divided into four rooms. Enlisted men were quartered within the four log blockhouses. All structures had fireplaces. — — Map (db m160534) HM
Evidence of a stone or shale storehouse was found in this general area. The gunpowder may have been stored here below ground level. Shale-slate building material was plentiful along the Auglaize River. — — Map (db m160545) HM
Connecting the Maumee, Miami and the Wabash Rivers for economical
transportation was advocated by George Washington as early as 1773. Captain
John Riley surveyed the route in 1820. After further surveys, the Ohio
legislature in . . . — — Map (db m173037) HM
Sorghum was introduced to this area in the late 1850's. Farmers, at first, believed it would provide a local supplement for expensive sugar produced in the South but it never became practical. However the molasses made from sorghum was of good . . . — — Map (db m173589) HM
The sorghum is cut from the field, the tops are cut off and the leaves stripped from the main stalk. Juice is extracted from the sorghum by running it through the rollers of the press. The juice is then poured into the long, baffled pan called an . . . — — Map (db m173588) HM
A memorial to all who served in the Navy Armed Guard and Merchant Marine
1810 lives from the Armed Guard
6839 lives from the Merchant Marine
731 ships sunk
1941 - 1945
"We aim to deliver . . . — — Map (db m173001) WM
Here, in 1712, was born the
Great Indian chief who in-
cited Pontiacs Conspiracy.
He federated the tribes and
with the aid of the French
threatened British suprem-
acy. Killed in Illinois . . . — — Map (db m28350) HM
Named for the Ottawa Indian chief said to have been born here c. 1712. Site of the largest recorded apple tree "French and Indian" c. 1680 to 1887. Here Oliver Spencer spent his Indian captivity 1792. Bark cabins and cultivated fields fields of the . . . — — Map (db m30297) HM
Anthony Wayne defeated the Indian Confederation at the Battle of Fallen Timbers on August 20, 1794.
The retreating Indians were locked out of Fort Miamis by their British allies. Wayne noted the artillery
mounted at the British Fort. Upon . . . — — Map (db m160530) HM
Built in Highland Township in the late 1800's
Donated by Rex & Diane Hale in memory of:
Edgar Hale, father 1923-2010
Lavern Hale, grandfather 1899-1979
William Hale, great-grandfather 1876-1942
John Hale, great-great-grandfather . . . — — Map (db m182988) HM
"Spemica Lawba-Johnny Logan"
In September 1786, Captain Benjamin Logan of Kentucky captured a young Indian boy during a raid across the Ohio River on the Machachac tribe towns of the Shawnee nation. Upon returning to Kentucky, Captain Logan . . . — — Map (db m28338) HM
This church building was constructed in 1875 by the congregation. It was moved in 1902 to land purchased by the church for future development. A new church was constructed and dedicated in 1904. After moving into a new structure, this building . . . — — Map (db m182986) HM
[Front Side of Marker]: "Tale of Ensign James Liggett"
After American militia troops forcibly ended the 1812 siege of Fort Wayne, General James Winchester's Army of the Northwest marched down the north side of the Miami [Maumee] . . . — — Map (db m28336) HM
Back in the 1800s there was a trail that ran from Route 66 to the Banner
School Road. This was known as the “Hornish Pike”. The west end of
the Hornish Pike started at Route 66 and what is now the Steinberger
Road. It was about Ό . . . — — Map (db m158962) HM
When American pioneers attempted to settle the area north and west of the Ohio River, following the Northwest Ordinance (1787), the Indians, aided by the British in Canada, fought valiantly and fiercely for their homes in the Ohio Country. They . . . — — Map (db m168307) HM
William C. Holgate (1814-1888) settled in Defiance in 1836. A lawyer by profession, Holgate rode on horseback to Columbus, Ohio during the winter of 1844-45 with a petition he had drafted, which resulted in the establishment of Defiance County. . . . — — Map (db m173030) HM
[Front Text on Marker] : "Winchester's Camp #2"
After completing Fort Winchester, Brigadier General James Winchester ordered his troops to cross to the north side of the Maumee River. The troops occupied the new site, Camp #2, from . . . — — Map (db m54318) HM
Founded in 1959, Ohio's Buckeye
Trail (BT) is the only long-distance
hiking trail entirely within Ohio.
More than 1,400 miles loop through
wooded footpaths, abandoned
railroads, historic towpaths, back
roads, rivers and lake shores, . . . — — Map (db m173056) HM