The Peace Park Blog is about the park we're establishing at the intersection of the Greenville Treaty Line and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail between the McDonnell Trailhead and the village of Bolivar. The Greenville Peace Treaty was the first peace treaty authorized by President George Washington and our current US Congress! 2020 will be the 225th anniversary of the treaty signed on August 3 1795 by Mad Anthony Wayne and the American Indians.
The Towpath Trail Peace Park is located where the Greenville Treaty Line intersects with the Ohio-Erie canal towpath trail just west of the village of Bolivar, Ohio. The Greenville Peace Treaty specifically refers to Fort Laurens and runs from Greenville, Ohio on the west side of the state to about a mile and a half to where the Sandy creek enters the Tuscarawas River and from there north to Cleveland, Ohio. Fort Laurens is located only 1.5 miles east of the Peace Park on the towpath trail and we encourage everyone to hike there to visit. The Canal Lands section of the towpath trail has been adopted by the Bolivar-Zoar Rotary club who does a great job of helping the Tuscarawas Parks and Recreation to maintain the trail from Fort Laurens to Route 800.
Here's a very well-produced video by the Ohio Historical Connection of the story of Fort Laurens that's only 20 minutes long. It is also the story of how Ohio became settled shortly after the American Revolution and became the 17th state admitted to the Union on March 1st, 1803
Fort Laurens Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/fortlaurens/
The historical community of Zoar, Ohio Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/HistoricZoarVillage/
The Ohio-Erie Canalway Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/OECanalway/
and Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau at https://www.facebook.com/TuscarawasCoCVB/
We love the abundant wildlife on our property and have sighted four species of squirrel including the black, grey, fox, and flying squirrels! We've decided to name our resident black squirrel "Flash" to honor Kent State University, it's Alumni, and of course Superintendent Larry Wooddell and retired Davey Tree employee who introduced the black squirrel to Kent State in 1961. Kent State University has a Tuscarawas County Campus so it seems fitting that we adopt the black squirrel that lives in our front yard and name her Flash! We've even bought Flash a friendly-looking squirrel feeder who shares unsalted peanuts, sunflower seeds, and corn.
Riding the Ohio-Erie Canalway Towpath Trail our first group of bicyclists decided on staying Sunday, June 29th, 2020 at the Towpath Trail Peace Park to rest up for their trip back to Akron, Ohio. Of course, our photobombing mascot Airbud had to get in the photo too. We enjoyed hosting our first group of cyclists and look forward to sharing our property with many more yet to arrive at our historic Tuscarawas county destination.
It's inevitable that someone may lose or leave something behind. When we find anything, it's put in our lost and found drawer and we attempt to notify who we think it belongs to. If we haven't a clue who the item it belongs, we add it to our lost and found collection with the hope that it's claimed later.
We do not mail the items back, be sure to check your site before leaving.
If you suspect that you left something behind or lost anything, please telephone Joe Rinehart at the Towpath Trail Snack Shack & Peace Park 330.389.1192