Sunday, November 21, 2010

Motts Military Museum & America’s Military Heritage


mottssign “Preserving America’s Military Heritage From Colonial Era to Iraqi Freedom”

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I’ve travelled Rt. 33 from Lancaster,Ohio to Columbus,Ohio hundreds of times and I have often seen the sign for Motts Military Museum. For years I’ve said someday I’ll stop in. Well little did I know what I had been missing. If you are ever anywhere close to Columbus,Ohio and have any interest in our military heritage Motts is a must see.

framedsign We are just outside the front door so let’s head on inside. First, I would like to offer a special thanks to Mr. Warren Motts for taking his time to speak with me and allowing me to take photos inside the museum.

framedindians  The Colonial Era. See previous post on Fort Meigs.. Motts has a fine display of flint arrowheads and implements used during the colonial era.


Mr. Warren Motts is the director and founder of Motts Military Museum 1988 to present, in Groveport, Ohio and was a Professional photographer for 40 years .He is on the advisory board for THE CENTER FOR CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPY ( CHECK OUT THIS LINK )


If you want to take a hike at the Gettysburg Battlefield (Big Round Top) CLICK . Mr. Motts has an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides Gettysburg, Pa.



Moving on to World War 1 & World War 11

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On November 1, 2007 Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets Jr., the commander and pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in the final days of World War II, died  at his home in Columbus, Ohio. He was 92. Paul Tibbets and the Enola Gay LINK . An interview of Paul Tibbets can be seen in the 1982 movie Atomic Cafe. He was also interviewed in the 1970s British documentary series The World at War.



Time to venture outside:


Vietnam Era Gunship




A new wing is being added to the museum and is about two thirds done. The museum does not receive  outside funding for it’s operation. Funding is dependent on members dues and supporters donations. Take a second to go to The Motts Military Museum website to learn more.

Well, I certainly wasn’t able to show you everything not even a small percentage of all the great exhibits. See if you can answer these questions from the photos below;


1. Portrait of ???

2. Diorama of what battle ???

3.  Replica of Who’s house and why is it at the museum?

4. Is there a Higgins Boat at the museum?

And one last question: Did  Internationally known actor, businessman and Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger have his M47 Tank on display at the Motts Military Museum? CLICK for the answer to that one.

  framedelvisjoetodd Joe Todd and Elvis say, “Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit/support Motts Military Museum.”

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Sharkbytes said...

Nice tour, Joe. I haven't been there.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Looks like a fabulous military museum, Joe.. My husband would love this --since he has a huge interest in the Civil War particularly.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You're a great tour guid yourself Joe! What an interesting place; this man has done a beautiful job of sharing history,.

Snowbrush said...

It all looks very interesting, Joe.

Snowbrush said...

Ah, but I just learned that Ohio isn't all sweetness and war machinery. It actually does have a dark underbelly.

Sylvia K said...

You are indeed a great tour guide, Joe, and what an interesting, marvelous museum! Looks as though you had a great day, thanks for sharing it with us! Hope you have a good week!


Anonymous said...

very interesting. i'm glad you finally stopped in.

someday i hope to find myself in that part of the country./

Carolyn Ford said...

The hours one could spend in that amazing! How nice to dedicate something so beautiful to the heroes of past and present. Thank you for the tour, Todd and you captured some beautiful photos.

Lona said...

Hi Joe. Thanks for the tour. I do not think I have ever seen a sign for it even. Maybe I am flapping my jaws too much while going up the road and missed it. LOL! It looks so interesting.
I think we are going to go to the Golden Coral there for our Turkey. We have eaten there a few times and love the grub.
You and Linda have a wonderful Thanksgiving and do not eat too much pie. LOL!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful museum. Terrific collection of items on display.

Arija said...

What an extensive collection for a private person to amass and display so well. Definitely worth a visit.

Anonymous said...

What an incredible post, Joe, so neat!

Re: the abandoned schoolhouse that resembles a barn... I've been thinking about expanding the subject of my meme to old run-down structures, but haven't really made up my mind as of yet, but I'd still really like to see it! I'll stay tuned in to your blog & wait for that post! Thanks so much!

Reader Wil said...

It certainly is an enormous museum. All those weapons were used in one war or another. It makes me sad to think that all my life there have been wars. People will never learn..I don't know what peace is.
Thanks for sharing.

EG CameraGirl said...

Holy cow! There's really a lot to see at that museum!

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family & GOD BLESS!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

My 14 year old son can eat 2 big pizzas at one go.

TONY LETTS said...

These are amazing places to visit whatever your country :) Good post

Unknown said...

What a great museum Joe. I have always enjoyed history and have enjoyed the visit.

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