Historically a political center and site of several intertribal councils, Wapatomica is considered the most significant site of Shawnee history in Ohio. As such, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma donated the funds for this monument.
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Dedicated to Dr. William K Laidlaw, Jr. Executive Director of the Ohio Historical Society from 2003-2009, for his respect for and commitment to Native American history and the relationship he fostered between the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and the Ohio Historical Society.
In memory of all our Tribal Ancestors who walked the path of life before us, may we follow with dignity.
Wapatomica was the principal village from its founding near this location sometime before 1778 until October 1786, when it was burned by militia led by Col. Benjamin Logan. The raid on Wapatomica was intended to intimidate the Shawnee; however, it caused the various Shawnee groups to join forces, increasing their collective strength. After the raid, Wapatomica residents returned to the site for a brief period, staying until the winter of 1786-87 when they relocated to Detroit.
At Wapatomica, on a pole 60 feet high, flew the flag of Moluntha, the great chief of the Shawnee wo was killed surrendering during the 1786 raid. Nearby stood the honored council
house measuring about 75 feet wide, 150 feet long, and 16 feet high. It was built with split wood poles and covered with bark. Remnants if an ancient circular earthwork surround this memorial.