“Back in Ohio to stay…wait, did she write stay?” Yes, I did. As a matter of fact, we are planning to stay in or near Zanesville, Ohio, by our friends, the Hoffmans (I wrote about them in this post). Some reasons for this choice is wanting to fellowship with likeminded believers in Christ and to share the good news of the Gospel with people in this area. But more on that later.
On the way to Zanesville, we stopped at George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Indiana. George Clark was the older brother of the famous William Clark (if you don’t know who that is, maybe the phrase “Lewis and Clark” will trigger your memory). George Clark is known mostly for his success in gaining the Northeast territory for America, from the British.
In the late 1700’s, the British claimed land west of the Appalachian Mountains and proclaimed that no one should settle in the land there. When settlers did not listen, and the Revolutionary War was intensifying, the British sent Native American groups to fight the disobedient people. As a result, George Clark took a party of Kentucky militia to fight back where the raids were happening the most. This went on for a while, but when Clark learned that the British would be attacking in the spring, he organized a group of tough, persistent Americans and Frenchmen to travel through the freezing, flooded lands of Illinois to get to the British fort of Hamilton, believed to have been where the park now is – Indiana. They captured the fort, the British surrendered, and the British had been stopped from achieving their goal of stopping Americans from gaining the Northwest.
The park had a very tall memorial that was circular, made of granite. According the the NPS website, it is 80 feet tall, 90 feet wide, and the walls are two feet thick. Steps led to the memorial’s inside, where a statue of Clark stood, just a bit taller than he was in real life, and seven murals painted on Belgium linen lined the walls, depicting Clark’s mission. The memorial was completed in 1933.
We took much longer than we’d expected to get to the Hoffman’s house, due to traffic, bumpy roads, and construction. We arrived around 10 o’clock, but we took long to park. The neighborhood had steep streets and narrow roads lined with vehicles, which made it difficult to navigate the area. We got stuck a few times, had to ask neighbors to move their vehicles, and in the end, we couldn’t make it into the Hoffmans’ driveway. The neighbors were really nice and accomodating, and the people at the bar down the road offered to move their vehicles out of a parking lot so we could park there. We parked, but the space was too unlevel to take out our slides, so we stayed in the Hoffmans’ house for the night.
The next day, we moved to Campers Grove RV Park in Hopewell, Ohio, about 10 minutes away from the Hoffmans. We are here right now (check the published date at the top to make sure you don’t get confused when “now” is), and we plan on staying here until we can find some land to buy.
More updates will come later!