PAULDING – Reservoir War Historical Marker will take part in Ohio Open Doors.

Discover Ohio’s amazing heritage Fri., Sept 11 through Sun., Sept. 20, as historic buildings and landmarks across our state open their doors virtually for online tours and events during the statewide Ohio History Connection event Ohio Open Doors. Explore fascinating places that reflect Ohio’s rich heritage.

All Ohio Open Doors events are free and available online.

This year, Ohio’s historic places will share their stories virtually, with a full listing of events and activities available at ohiohistory.org/opendoors. In 2020 the state history organization is placing a special spotlight on historic theaters and opera houses across Ohio. With closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, these important places in our communities need support more than ever.

“Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured places,” says Amanda Schraner Terrell, Director of the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. “Our theaters and opera houses are tremendously significant to our shared history. We’re using this event to highlight their impact in our communities and to encourage support for them during this difficult time.”

During the past twelve months, thirty-four local communities have been working with the Ohio History Connection to create new state historical markers. Ohio Open Doors will highlight these new markers with a virtual celebration that lifts up the Ohio stories put on hold by the pandemic. A list of these new markers will be posted on the marker program’s website RemarkableOhio.org and virtual greetings will be sent out via social media and the Open Doors calendar.

The Reservoir War marker tells the story of the 1887 destruction of the Six Mile Reservoir and several locks on the Wabash & Erie Canal by locals who were fed up with the stagnant and disease causing waters of the abandoned reservoir. The marker will be placed at the site of the event—the intersection of the Canal Road (County Road 180) and High Road (Township Road 77) in Crane Township, Paulding County—closer to the time when a public dedication is possible.

For more information about Ohio Open Doors, visit ohiohistory.org/opendoors. To see a listing of our new markers and over 1,750 other markers in Ohio, visit RemarkableOhio.org.