Fayette Historical Preservation Group 12.09

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Historical Preservation Group has no meetings scheduled over the winter, but there are several ways to continue learning about local history, says Kathleen Fix.

The Toledo Blade is publishing excerpts from the latest book by Toledo historian, Kenneth Dickson called “Benjamin Franklin Stickley and the Maumee Valley.”

“Readers will learn more about such famous characters as the American Indian chief, Pontiac, and Col. Howard Dresden, of Winnameg, who befriended the Indians and looked out for their safety,” Fix said.

Readers will also get a better understanding of the battles that were fought and the forts that were built to make possible the opening of Northwest Ohio to the settlers. Land was sold to settlers who would clear the land, build homes, and farm, she said, and towns like Fayette sprang up everywhere.

Verna Williams, former director of the Fayette Normal Memorial Library, pointed out at the Fayette History Day last month that photos and historical information about the Fayette area is available at the website blackswampmemories.org.

Black Swamp Memories is a service of the Wood County District Public Library in partnership with the BGSU Center for Archival Collections and the Northwest Regional Library System (Norweld), with other area historical museums and the Wood County Genealogical Society.

Many museums are open through the holidays and the winter for the public to visit. The Fulton County Historical Museum is open Tuesdays, 1 to 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum’s new director is John Swearingen, Jr. The museum can be contacted by calling 419/337-7922 or writing to [email protected]

Other area museums to include the Lenawee County Historical Museum in Adrian (517/265-6071); the Fort Meigs Museum and Visitors Center at Perrysburg (419/874-4121); and the Wolcott House Museum in Maumee (419/893-9602).

If anyone is interested in making a group visit, call Kathy at 419/237-2418 to make arrangements. Some of the museums provide guided tours. A small fee is usually charged for all visits unless you are a museum member.

Fayette’s history group will resume meeting in the spring.

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