The story of Fort Recovery begins 225 years ago, and from June 12-19th, Fort Recovery is planning an 8 day celebration to remember so many of the adventures that have occurred throughout these years. Opening ceremonies are Sunday, June 12th at Monument Park, near the 101 foot obelisk that stands proudly for the 1000 plus men and women who gave their lives for our country in the battle of 1791. At this time an additional monument will be dedicated to remember all those local men and women who have given service to our proud country since the 1791 and 1794 battles.
The highlight of our festivities is an outdoor drama. This fantastic, hugely popular show originated in 1941 and is presented every twenty-five years to reflect the changes to the modern time. The first half of the show tells the battle history with actors portraying the U.S. Army and Native Americans that led and fought in the 1791 and 1794 battles. The second half of the drama tells the history of the town, from the first settlers to modern day. This drama will take place June 12, 13, and 14 at Ambassador Park which has ample seating and great sound.
The Fort Recovery State Museum will be hosting a week of special activities during the celebration. On Sunday, June 12, at 3:00, Christine Thompson, archaeologist from Ball State University, will give a presentation “New Archaeology Discoveries at Fort Recovery.” From June 12-17, a large exhibit at the museum will showcase the last six years of archaeology research done by Ball State University. A field school is investigating a parcel that is thought to hold archaeological remains of the original Fort Recovery. A public open house will be held June 13-14 at the field school site. All of these events are free and open to the public.
Monday, June 13 is Business and Industry Day. This day will include narrated historic walking tours of the downtown, a tour of the former Morvilius Opera House, and narrated tours of the Fort Recovery manufacturing companies. A “Taste of the Fort” will be served on the brick street in town along with a beard judging contest and a costume contest. The drama will follow.
Tuesday, June 14, is Patriotic Day. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are presenting the medals, uniforms, and other items from our veterans along with a Power Point presentation. A wedding style meal will be served (presale tickets only). The drama will follow.
Wednesday, June 15, is Ag Day, emphasizing the strong presence of agriculture is our area. An old fashioned threshing will take place, with shocks of wheat on display all week. Displays of antique tractors and J & M wagons from oldest to newest will be on the grounds. A wine and beer tasting event will be held with various wines produced by the grapes grown by local farmers. A German meal will also be served (presale tickets only). Students will present an Ag Olympics, and a scavenger hunt for families will be held.
Thursday, June 16, is A Proud Past, A Promising Future Day. Photos of the downtown streets, businesses and homes from years past will be shown and discussed, Jim Wagner will speak about the Royal Theatre once located in town, and narrated tours of the downtown buildings will be given. Children will present a play about the battles fought here and a time capsule will be buried. In the evening our annual Jubilee celebration begins.
Friday, June 17 includes a wood carving exhibition, a Thien Snipps Harmony Group 25 year concert, and tours of the Fort Recovery Depot in addition to the Jubilee activities planned for the day.
Saturday, June 18 features a antique and vintage fashion show and tea, a quilt show, and an Indian artifact show, all held at the high school during the day. Motorcyclists can choose to join the Poker Run which will include stops at the sites of former forts erected by Arthur St. Clair or Anthony Wayne on their way to Fort Recovery from Fort Hamilton. Jubilee activities will continue all afternoon and evening.
Sunday, June 19, is parade day in the downtown streets. Following the parade the Sisters of the Disorder will perform, and an auction will be added to the regular Jubilee activities.
All proceeds benefit the parks in town. Visit www.fr225.com for more information. The headquarters is located in Brockman Appliances in Fort Recovery, and is open Fridays and Saturdays in May and Monday to Saturday, June 1-14. All tickets, brochures, and souvenirs will be available.
The 225th anniversary of Fort Recovery will be a real adventure!
For details on numerous festivals, fairs and celebrations check out GreaterGrandLakeRegion.com.