Interesting Facts

Key things to see or do while visiting the site:

The large park surrounding the museum is an ideal picnic site, with two shelters, and the location for periodic military reenactments. The remains of the soldiers who died defending the fort are buried in a crypt in the museum wall.

Just outside the Fort Laurens Museum, which houses many artifacts from the fort site, is The Tomb of the Unknown Patriot of the American Revolution. It pays lasting homage to at least one of the unknown defenders of the fort. The young man was laid to rest with full military honors from the Ohio National Guard in 1976. A small museum commemorates the frontier soldier and houses a video giving the fort's history and archaeological artifacts from the fort's excavation.

Also visit the Ohio and Erie Canal Corridor towpath—a three and a half mile path stretching from Fort Laurens to Historic Zoar Village with much to see along the way. The trails are great for walking and riding a bicycle and can provide up to three hours of entertainment. The trail begins in the picnic areas at Fort Laurens, travels along the canal, over Interstate 77 and the Tuscarawas River into Zoar. Open dawn to dusk year round.