CELINA — It’s been 200 years since the fight for the Northwest Territory was played out through this area, but weapons from the War of 1812 are on display Sunday at the Mercer County Museum.
“This exhibit is hosted by the Museum of the Soldier in Portland, Ind., and by our local gun collectors, so it’s really a double exhibit,” said Joyce Alig, president of the Mercer County Historical Society. In addition to the military weaponry on display, there will also be accoutrements used by the soldiers of that day.
“We have so much. That includes water canteens, powder horns, leather pouches, just everything a soldier would have carried. And of course, we have identification tags on everything that includes explanations on the use of each item,” Alig said.
Also, maps of the battles will be available. “My favorite is a 1755 map of ‘Half Way Cross’ which was later known as Shane’s Crossing, where General Harrison and his troops camped enroute to the north during the War of 1812,” Alig said, noting that the name of the spot was changed in 1890 from Shanesville to Rockford. “That’s a popular map, and one of many that will be open for display on Sunday,” she said.
Remembering the War of 1812 is important, Alig said.
“In northwest Ohio, that was a big event. You can follow the path of Anthony Wayne through this area, where supply forts were established with names we still recognize: Fort Meigs, Fort Defiance, and the last battle, the Battle of Fallen Timbers. Names we all know, with a rich history,” Alig added.