Friday, September 18, 2015
Gnadenhutten Historical Park & Museum
During the Revolutionary War Native Americans were often caught in the conflict between the British and the colonists. The Lenape tribe migrated to Ohio after being pushed west by settlers. Situated with the American Fort Pitt to the east and the British Fort Detroit to the west, some of the Lenape sided with the British and some sided with the colonists. A group at the the Moravian missionary village of Gnadenhütten remained neutral to no avail. In September 1781, British-allied Indians forced them to move to another village known as Captive Town. In February 1782, about 100 Lenape were permitted to return to Gnadenhutten to gather stored food only to be met by a raiding party of 160 Pennsylvania militia. The militia killed all but two of the Lenape. A large mound marks the group burial site.
The little park has a historic marker with the story of the massacre, a 35’ granite monument, two reconstructed log houses, and a museum. The houses are only opened for special events and the museum, which should have been opened, was closed the day that we visited.
The park has paths with loose gravel that are very hard to roll along. The museum looked to be accessible.
Short RVs will fit in the parking lot. Museum