For my first post on this site, I thought I would talk about the important historical site located just 10 minutes from my house. The tree that once stood here is such an icon, that my high school was named after it.
THE HISTORY OF THE PARK (in 2-3 paragraphs)
Back in the mid 1700s, this area was mostly populated by various tribes of the Iroquois Nation. Logan the Orator was a noted leader that moved into what would become Ohio in the mid-1760s. He was known for being a good negotiator, and friend to the early white settlers in the area. In 1774, the Yellow Creek Massacre took place in modern day West Virginia. Settlers brutally killed several members of the Mingo tribe (and be warned, if you read about this attack some of the descriptions about what happened are TRULY disturbing), including several members of Chief Logan’s immediate family. In the days and weeks that followed, Logan went on a violent revenge killing spree.
This event, among a couple others, led to Lord Dunmore’s War, a short war that ended with the Native Americans being pushed out of the areas south of the Ohio River. There was a treaty signing in Camp Charlotte, but Chief Logan refused to go to the Treaty signing. Instead he gave the speech known as “Logan’s Lament” under a large elm tree. This speech was read at the treaty signing, and has become one of the best known speeches given by a Native American. The entire speech is inscribed on a monument in the park.
The treaty did not exactly end the animosity between the Native tribes and the settlers. When the American Revolution flared up, the Native Americans originally tried to stay neutral, but in the end got pulled into both sides the conflict. Some Iroquois tribes fought with the settlers, but those in this area fought with the British troops.
ABOUT THE PARK ITSELF
The park is a tiny roadside park, littered with 8-10 stone monuments depicting important people and places that relate to the events that led to Logan’s Lament.
Unfortunately, the original old elm tree died in 1962. A new elm tree was planted in the same spot just a few years ago.
THE WEIRD THING
The largest monument in the park is for Major John Boggs.
It’s a fascinating read (although one side is nearly impossible to read because the text is virtually the same color as the backing stone), but it has absolutely nothing to do with Logan or any of the other events that took place in the area. His parents bought the land, and lived in a cabin on this spot before John became a Major in the Army during the War of 1812. The Boggs family does have some relevance to the settling of the area, but absolutely nothing to do with Logan…and yet, he has the biggest monument in Logan’s park.
VISITING THE PARK
A couple quick tips for visiting…
- It’s only open during the day, although I question how often the gate actually gets closed at night.
- There’s not much to do beyond reading the various monuments. It is out in the middle of nowhere, so it is very quiet. There is a small shelter house for picnics, and if one of the caretakers comes by soon, the port-a-potty might be standing upright again! If you’re just coming to check out the monuments, though, expect to spend no more than 30-45 minutes here.
- The field gets muddy, and footing can be treacherous after rain.
The park sits just a couple miles off of Route 23, so it’s dead simple to get to.
If you visit the Logan Elm State Memorial, let me know in the comments below!
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If you would like to see more pictures from the park, check out the flickr album linked below.
Logan Elm Park