Ohio Passport: Big Bottom Memorial Park


d17Yesterday I began my Ohio History Connection Passport journey. In case you missed it, I wrote about this project a few days ago and you can read all about it here. This weekend’s stop was at Big Bottom Memorial Park in Morgan County. This was the site of a 1791 attack on settlers by American Indians. It marked the beginning of four years of warfare in the Ohio territory.

This is a beautiful park on the banks of the Muskingum River. Enormous old trees provide shade and all sorts of birds are prolific here. You’ll find a historic marker, a small monument and a large park area with some picnic tables for relaxing.

This isn’t a site I would go out of my way to visit. I happened to be visiting the area and had time to swing by for my passport project. However, it is a super place to picnic and it wouldn’t be too far down to Marietta to visit the Campus Martius Museum and other sites like Blennerhasset Island in West Virginia.

There isn’t a lot to see or do here but I have to say – it feels like hallowed ground. It felt important that I be there and know what happened. I suppose this is what the passport project is all about.