Fort Meigs lecture: Hull's Trace - May 15/2014
The Fort Meigs Bentley Lecture Series
"America's First Military Road: Hull's Trace"
Daniel Harrison, historical archeologist at Wayne State University, will present America's First Military Road: Hull's Trace on Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Meigs visitor center. The presentation is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
In the desperate summer of 1812, General William Hull, at the head of over two thousand troops, blazed a 200-mile supply road from Urbana, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan. Traversing the notorious Black Swamp, the route, known as "Hull's Trace," crossed the Maumee some two miles west of Fort Meigs. While much of the route is still in use, time and human progress have all but eradicated the "traces of the Trace." Daniel Harrison, a historical archaeologist at Wayne State University, tells the story of the only known surviving remnant of the original roadway. As an archaeological site, it sheds historical light on this little-known but crucial episode in the struggle for control of the Old Northwest.
Daniel Harrison is a doctoral student in Anthropology at Wayne State University, and a reference librarian at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan. During the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, he has focused on this turbulent period. His ongoing research centers on the maritime archaeology of the Great Lakes.
The presentation will be held at Fort Meigs in the Visitor Center located at 29100 West River Road in Perrysburg, Ohio on Thursday, February 20th at 7:30 PM. The program is sponsored by the Anderton Bentley Fund in memory of Christopher Perky, who served at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812. For more information on this and all of the events at Fort Meigs call 800-283-8916 or visit us on-line at www.fortmeigs.org