Commemorating the life of the first African-American colonel Charles Young, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument is a great RV destination for the history buffs. Located in the southwest of Wilberforce, Ohio, the house ties in to the history of this influential person.
Charles Young was born into slavery in Kentucky in 1864 before his father earned his family their freedom by fighting in the American Civil War. Mr Young was the only African American at Ripley and he graduated in 1880 at the top of his class. After graduation and before joining the military he taught for several years in the new black high school that opened in the area.
Young was one of the very first African-Americans to attend and graduate from the West Point Military School. He later served in the military for 28 years in the the Ninth U.S. Cavalry and the Tenth U.S. Cavalry and was the first black U.S. national park superintendent, first black military attaché and the first black man to achieve the rank of colonel.
The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument is a house that he built while teaching military science at Wilberforce University. He called it "Youngsholm" and it is a uniquely styled two and a half story brick building that has a gabled roof with deeply overhanging eaves.
President Barack Obama designated the house as the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in March of 2013 under the Antiquities Act. The house is available for tours and viewing by appointment. If you are looking for RV camping there is none available on the grounds of the monument but you can camp at the nearby Ceasar Creek State Park.