Wood County Historical Center

Herb Gardens at the Wood County Historical Center

All of the wonderful cultural and sports activities one associates with a college town are evident in Bowling Green, home of Bowling Green State University. It is also the county seat. The Wood County Historical Center served as the County Home, providing community services from 1868 until 1970. Among the attractions is an operating drilling rig which tells about the 1880s oil boom.

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Perrysburg

Platted in 1816 by an act of Congress, this historic community has a splendid showcase of buildings and well-preserved stately homes in a variety of architectural styles. Self-walking tour guides are available. The 577 Foundation, with an 1804 log cabin and a 21st century
geodesic biodome, is fascinating to visit.

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Fort Meigs

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Fort Meigs, named after then Governor of Ohio, Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr., was first built as a reaction to British attacks on American forts in the Northwest Territory during the War of 1812. It was built in what is now Perrysburg, Ohio, on a bluff overlooking the Maumee River rapids. Ground was broken on February 2, 1813 under the orders of General William Henry Harrison, who wanted to fortify the region. Throughout the next three months professional soldiers and militiamen alike persevered through cold winter weather and mud that would at times be knee-deep. Despite horrid weather and disease in the camp, the American army was able to complete Fort Meigs by the end of April, 1813, just in time for a British attack.

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Fallen Timbers Battlefield

The Battle of Fallen Timbers was the culminating event that demonstrated the tenacity of the American people in their quest for western expansion and the struggle for dominance in the Old Northwest Territory. The events resulted in the dispossession of American Indian tribes and a loss of colonial territory for the British military and settlers.

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Oak Openings Region

Oak Openings Region

“One of America’s Last Great Places,” that’s the Nature Conservancy’s Oak Openings Region of the Maumee Valley. Its globally-rare ecosystem, covering 130 square miles of Fulton, Henry and Lucas counties, hosts more rare species of plants and animals than any other area in Ohio. The region includes state
forests, nature preserves and several Metroparks.

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Lima

The Allen County Museum in downtown Lima is typical of the many wonderful museums run by county historical societies in the Maumee Valley. Among Its exhibits are Native American and pioneer collections, a steam and electric railroad display and a children’s museum with hands on activities.

Visit county museums to understand local history.

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Napoleon

A landmark visible for miles is the recentlyrestored Henry County court house in Napoleon. It’s a great stop on the county’s interesting driving tour.

In the mid and late 1800s, these magnificent court houses rose above the horizon to proudly mark county seats. Most magnificent of all is in Fort Wayne.
Built in 1897 and also recently restored, it is considered on a par with the Library of Congress and the Paris Opera House. Don’t miss it.

Sauder Village

Sauder Village, a non-profit historical center near Archbold, features history, education and fun. Dozens of 19th century buildings house live demonstrations of the crafts of the time. A campground, a modern country inn, 350-seat restaurant and exhibit halls provide unique experience and hospitality, just 5 minutes from the Ohio Turnpike. Nearby attractions include the Oberhaus antique car museum, Harrison State Park and Goll Woods, a state nature preserve with the last remnants of the Great Black Swamp, with its wildflowers and 200-400 year old trees.