|A replica of Dunlap's Station mentioned in a book.|
I had to e-mail some folks to get find its location next to
this coat rack in a closet.
Sometimes referred to as Fort Dunlap, Dunlap's Station, or Fort Coleraine this pioneer settlement was founded at the horseshoe bend of the Great Miami River by an Irish immigrant named John Dunlap in 1790. He named the settlement after his birthplace of Coleraine, Ireland.
Today this is the location of Heritage Park where the Boy Scouts have placed a marker commemorating the settlement.
|you may have sped right by this informative sign|
It was nearly impossible for Indians to overtake a Station since they were not equipped with any sort of artillery. The British who sometimes instigated these attacks and provided intelligence rarely lent direct assistance since there was no formal declaration of war at this time with the US. The Native Americans had to resort to intimidation, surprise attacks or just burning stuff down.
|Dunlap's Station Marker in Heritage Park|
Settlers returned in 1794 when the area was made more secure after the American win over the Ohio area Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers and some of the legal hassles were sorted out.
There is a scaled down replica of the station in the Colerain Township Administrative building. I have since learned that there are plans to build a full sized replica of Dunlap's Station somewhere in the area as a museum but funding is an issue so the plans are on hold for now. I already let them know that I would love to help build it! I also promised not to attack it.
my kids and I made this grossly inaccurate re-enactment
of the Siege of Dunlap's Station
|Hedges Pioneer Cemetery a stones throw from Dunlap|
When Heritage Park was being planned in the early 2000's, they ran some ground radar over the area looking for any remnants of Dunlap's Station and they claimed to have found none. The Great Miami River has in fact changed course in this area several times, so what little remained is likely to have been washed away over the years.
What they did uncover in the radar survey was more evidence of an ancient 95 acre Indian village that little was known about previously. Rumor has it that the information was hushed to keep the park project on target. Frisbee golf has a higher priority than history.
|Adena Mound atop the hill at River & Dunlap Roads|
|Adena mound with a house on top|
The other Adena mound is 4 miles away near the Colerain Township Administration building and visible from the road. What is especially odd about this mound is that some time in the 1920's a Tudor style home was built right on top of it. You can still make out the shape of the mound. This home is now used as a garage for the newer home next to it.
Oh and what happened to the "E" in ColerainE? No one is really sure. Sometimes things just fade away over time and I think they just liked extra E's in words in ye olde days.
Findagrave.com for Hedges cemetery - specifically entries for Cunningham, Sloan, and Hunt who died at the Siege of Dunlap's Station