Pilgerruh Panel

Graphic panel with two illustrations—of a village and of a massacre—and a painting of red-headed man
Somewhere near this panel, Christian Lenape and Moravian missionaries overwintered fleeing violence.

NPS / Arrye Rosser

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From 1786-87, 95 Christian Lenape and six Moravian missionaries set up a temporary village near Tinkers Creek. These pacifists were refugees displaced during the violence of the American Revolution.
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Shortly after the American Revolution, 95 Christian Lenape and six Moravian-German missionaries built a temporary village near the mouth of Tinkers Creek. Despite a good description from a diary, the exact location of Pilgerruh, or Pilgrim’s Rest, is unknown. The group was hungry and terrified, displaced during the years following the Gnaddenhutten massacre. As pacifists, they were distrusted by the British, the Americans, and other Native American groups. They took refuge in Cuyahoga Valley for ten months in 1786-1787, overwintering and raising crops before moving on.

The community found a permanent home along the Thames River in southern Ontario in 1792. Their descendants are among the Delaware Nation of Moraviantown.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Last updated: December 13, 2021