The Camp Charlotte Chapter of the Ohio Society of Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Camp Charlotte Treaty at a public event set for noon on Saturday at Logan Elm Park on state Route 361.
Rick Hartinger, past chapter president and project coordinator, has compiled about three years worth of research into this event, which took place Oct. 19, 1774, and was basically held as an informal ceremony. Now scholars and historians have reexamined its contributions and how it affected the grand scheme of molding this nation. Many now agree this event was pivotal.
“The original Camp Charlotte Treaty may be lost to time,” Hartinger said. “I wanted to personally examine it.”
He soon learned, though, that no one seemed to know the treaty’s physical whereabouts, and as an independent researcher, he began a quest to obtain additional information.
The early volumes of the Ohio Archaeological Society published in 1922 revealed a potential clue. In one report, it suggested that Lord Dunmore placed the treaty into his saddlebags after the successful conclusion of the event and rode off headed back to Williamsburg, the capital of Virginia at that time.
Dunmore was forced to flee from Williamsburg upon his return because of his political affiliations. The colonies were now involved in open rebellion against England. Dunmore, as royal ward of King George and representative of the British government, feared the possibility of physical harm.
Hartinger said he pursued research at the Department of Training and Research at Colonial Williamsburg, along with the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. It was there Hartinger met up with two of the nation’s leading authorities and expert scholars on Lord Dunmore — Dr. James Glanville from Virginia Tech University and Dr. Pete Wrike from the University of Virginia.
Hartinger said Dr. Glanville had been extremely helpful in their respective quests. Glanville provided undeniable evidence on the pivotal role that the Camp Charlotte Treaty contributed to the American Revolution.
The chapter would have preferred to hold this historical event on the actual date it occurred, but it conflicted with the Circleville Pumpkin Show, Hartinger said.
The event will be held Oct. 11 at Logan Elm Park, where the original ceremony was held. Hartinger said Glanville will make a powerful presentation, and the vice president general of the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution and the president of the Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will be speaking.
In addition, David Beavers, president of the Pickaway County Historical Society, and Darlene Weaver, director of the Pickaway County Genealogical Library, also will be providing presentations.
Weaver will be presenting a tribute to one of our first patriots who fought in the American Revolution and survived to return and live his last remaining years raising his family here.
Wally Higgins, local historian, also will be speaking at the event.
The chapter extends an open invitation to the community to attend this historical event. Plan to attend and enjoy this educational experience and learn about our local heritage, the political intrigue and above all, to pay tribute to our nation’s first American patriots.
Logan Elm Park is located about five miles south of Circleville on U.S. Route 23. Turn left onto state Route 361 and travel about two miles to the park.