Historic trail on presidential grounds

Last week I talked about the home of former President Rutherford B. Hayes in Fremont, Ohio. On the grounds of the estate is a walking/jogging trail. At least part of the trail on the property, if not all of it, was once a military road used during the War of 1812 and known as the Harrison Trail. It connected two forts in the Sandusky Valley. Apparently, too, this was also part of an old French and Indian trail. You will see in the photo a rock alongside the trail. On the rock is a small sign with brief information about the Harrison Trail. The grounds around the President Hayes estate are known as Spiegel Grove. There is quite a bit of history associated with Spiegel Grove, too, but for this week I will just note the fact the walking trail was once an important military road. Roads, of course, would have been fewer in number in the early 1800s and not nearly as developed as they are now. It was common for the military to build roads in order to develop needed connections.

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Former military trail in Ohio.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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