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Fort Laurens

Fort Laurens paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 07/04/2022
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Fort Laurens was built in 1778 under the orders of Lachlan McIntosh, an American commander sent to the Ohio territory to defeat the British-allied Wyandot people and attack the British in Detroit.

11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW
Bolivar , OH 44612
Phone: 330.874.2059
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 40.637140
Lon: -81.458030

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 2
Evidence: 0
Resources: 3
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Fort Laurens was built in 1778 under the orders of Lachlan McIntosh, an American commander sent to the Ohio territory to defeat the British-allied Wyandot people and attack the British in Detroit. With winter quickly approaching, McIntosh decided to delay attacks until spring. His men constructed Fort Laurens along what is now called the Tuscarawas River to wait out the harsh weather. The structure was completed in early December 1778 and was named after Henry Laurens, the president of the Continental Congress.

Added by: sdonley on 07/04/2022 DB#:564


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After soldiers were stranded in the fort during a harsh winter, they were forced to boil their moccasins for nourishment until aid arrived. Several soldiered were ambushed during an excursion outside of the fort to attempt to collect firewood and food. These soldiers were buried on the grounds and later interfered within the visitor's center after an archeological dig.

Added by: sdonley on 07/04/2022 DB#:1559
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3248 07/04/2022 sdonley People have reported seeing the apparitions of soldiers roaming the grounds.
3249 07/04/2022 sdonley People have reported hearing the sounds of musket fire late at night.

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Fort Laurens
Added: 07/04/2022 By: sdonley
Fort Laurens was an American Revolutionary War fort in what is now the U.S. state of Ohio. The fort was built by General Lachlan McIntosh, in 1778, on the west bank of the Tuscarawas River, now in Tuscarawas County near the town of Bolivar.
Fort Laurens
Added: 07/04/2022 By: sdonley
Masks are no longer required but please practice social distancing whenever possible. Explore the site of Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort, built-in 1778 as a wilderness outpost, and visit a museum that tells the story of soldiers on the frontier.
Fort Laurens Museum
Added: 07/04/2022 By: sdonley
Fort Laurens Museum ​11067 Fort Laurens Rd. Bolivar, Ohio 44697 May -Sat. 11 am-4pm Sun. Noon-4pm June-Aug. Hours Wed-Saturday 11am-4pm ​Sunday 12am-4pm September-October Friday-Saturday 11-4 Sun. Noon-4

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