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John Baptiste Flemmond Trading Post Site – Revisited

Col. Nahorn, director of the New Indian Ridge Museum has worked to organize and scan certain slides from Col. Vietzen’s  collection and Indian Ridge Museum.  One view depicts Col. Vietzen standing beside the John Baptiste Flemmond trading post plaque across from the Huron River in Huron, Ohio.

Flemmond was a trader, guide, and interpreter who had a trading post near the mouth of the Huron River, at the bend just a short distance from Huron.  This was 1805.  In 1945 Col. Vietzen located the original foundation of hearthstones, which was a part of Flemmond’s log home/trading post, located on a prehistoric Native American Indian site.  This piece of land is slightly elevated and nicely overlooks the Huron River.  It provides an ideal spot for a campsite.  A large marsh was located to the west (part of this is still evident).

In his “Yesterday’s Ohioans” (1973), Col. Vietzen tells of what was found at this site, “Fragments of early English china and pottery were in evidence around the cabin site – perhaps some of the dishes were used by Flemmond, the French trader.  Some rusted iron artifacts were recovered such as knife blade sections, etc.”

Col. Vietzen was responsible for much of the work in documenting the site and ultimately getting the plaque erected, which still stands today.  The photo below, (left) was taken not long after the plaque was installed in 1969.  On July 26, 2013, Col. Nahorn, with the same hat that Col. Vietzen wore in the original photo, posed for a very similar picture that was made at the identical site (right).  We wanted to re-document this site and believed this was a unique way in which we might be able to do so.