Thursday, February 14, 2013
Last standing War of 1812 blockhouse in Mansfield, OH
Mansfield, Ohio is home to the last standing original wooden fortification from the War of 1812 in the state... and perhaps the entire region.
The Mansfield blockhouse has been extensively reconstructed-- only the lower level is part of the original structure. The upper story was salvaged from another original log cabin.
There were a number of Civil War-era cannons and howitzers in town. These 24-pounder flank howitzers stood near a stone monument to Johnney "Appleseed" Chapman--who settled nearby--and a memorial for the victims of the Sultana steamboat explosion.