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West Lafayette, Ohio: Ohio's (Maybe) Oldest Building

A little square, empty, stone building that some say was built in 1679. Flanked by a cornfield and someone's house; exalted with several official markers and plaques.

Old Stone Fort

22921 Co Rd 254, West Lafayette, OH
Old Stone Fort. From West Lafayette head east out of town on OH-751 about five miles. Just before crossing the Tuscarawas River, turn east on CR-254. Drive approximately one mile and the fort will be on the right, just after a big curve in the road.
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Old Stone Fort.

Old Stone Fort

Approximately five miles northeast of West Lafayette is an old stone building that is believed to have been built by French explorer D'Iberville around 1679. There is no actual proof that he built it, but records indicate he did build a fort in the general vicinity at that time, and the local historical society thinks this is it. It is a small two story building about the size of a cabin. It has cornfields on one side of it and a currently occupied house on the other side of it. It was open when I visited, but there is nothing inside, just an empty room. Interesting to see, considering where it is located.

[signmanjoe, 12/11/2022]

Is it really a 17th century building? A big engraved granite slab out front says that it was restored in 1953, and that roof looks pretty new.

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