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On January 10, 1996 a group of concerned citizens and local history enthusiasts met to form the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission. The FTBPC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the events leading up to, during, and as a result of the Battle of Fallen Timbers, which occurred on August 20, 1794.
The organization was initiated to be a voice for the preservation of an historic battlefield which was being considered for commercial development. That goal was reached in 1999 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation creating the Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis National Historic Sites. Under the terms of the legislation, both sites are managed by the Metroparks of the Greater Toledo Area. The Commission works with the Metroparks and the National Park System to protect the sites and promote awareness of the Battle and related events of the 1794 era.
For 201 years, it was generally believed that, what history refers to as, the Battle of Fallen Timbers occurred on the floodplain of the Maumee River, generally where the current, nine-acre monument park exists on the east side of the Anthony Wayne Trail (OH 25). However, in 1995, the renowned archaeologist, Dr. Michael Pratt, then of Heidelberg University, spearheaded an archaeological survey of land he believed was the true battlefield. This was the wooded area on the west side of the Anthony Wayne Trail. The endeavor proved his theory and effectively re-wrote history.
On October 25, 2015 the site officially opened to the public, offering a 1.4 mile path through the battlefield with several lookouts and interpretive history signage. A meeting facility is onsite and is currently being developed into a visitor center.
The Fort Miamis National site, a few miles downriver along RIver Road, is also visitable with interpretive history signage and its still visible mounds marking the former British fortress. The FTBPC continues to promote this site as well, through educational events.
Each year, the FTBPC is becoming more active and involved in the community. We offer a Memorial Day tribute each year to the battle participants: American and Native American. Anniversary events continue to grow in participation; usually including guided tours of the battlefield. Special re-enactments, movie presentations, guest history speakers, and other events are ongoing and broadening in scope.
Both sites are visitable daily, sunrise to sunset. Memberships are encouraged to further our educational and promotional efforts by contacting us through our website, Facebook, or directly at PO Box 758, Maumee, Ohio 43537.