Fort Industry Square
| 136 N Summit Street | The buildings located on the corner of Monroe and Summit are known as Fort Industry Square. We’re probably all familiar with the city of Toledo seal but few of us actually know what it represents or how it ties Toledo to the Revolutionary War. The fort you see on the city seal is Fort Industry, a stockade fort built around 1800 on this site and used on July 4, 1805 for the signing of the Treaty of Fort Industry which opened the Firelands area to settlement.
You remember the Firelands area – roughly Huron and Erie counties – it was offered to people who lost their homes in Connecticut when the British burned them during the Revolutionary War. Seems our government offered this land up after the Revolutionary War but forgot to ask the Ottawa, Chippewa, Pottawatomie, Wyandot, Shawnee, Munsee and Delaware tribes. So they managed to negotiate a settlement here at Fort Industry in 1805.
The buildings you see here today date back to the 19th century. The building on the south end is actually newer, built in the 1980s when the SeaGate Convention Center was built, a façade was removed from a building that was torn down to make room for the convention center and placed here to help the new building blend in with the rest of the older ones. Okay, all together now: “Gee, I didn’t know that!”