Welcome to Camp Sherman, Inc.
Hammock Hall, our potential new home
President Woodrow Wilson committed United States armed forces to engage the Germans in World War I, The Great War, the war to end all wars, on April 6, 1917.
On June 8, 1917, word was passed to the Chillicothe committee that Chillicothe was selected to be one of 32 training sites, the third largest in the country. Approximately 2,000 acres of land were purchased for $20 an acre: $5 coming from donations that the Chillicothe committee had raised to supplement the government share.
The construction contract was awarded to A. Bentley & Sons of Toledo, Ohio. Construction began on June 28, 1917, and the camp was commissioned on August 27, 1917, by Major General E. F. Glenn. Camp Sherman was nearly 95% complete in September and could house 40,000 men and 10,000 horses and mules in 2,000 nearby buildings. A total of 124,502 soldiers passed through Camp Sherman. The addition of Camp Sherman nearly quadrupled the size of Chillicothe.
The purpose of Camp Sherman, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, is to commemorate, advance knowledge of and preserve remaining artifacts and oral history from Camp Sherman and other related historic events. As the venture goes forward, we plan to create the Camp Sherman Museum to house the artifacts and from which to tell the stories.
Please help us if you are able. Yours for service,
Camp Sherman, Inc.
P. O. Box 1914
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601-5914
Telephone: (740) 772-MUSE (6873)