Vignettes To Tell Story Of The Underground Railroad In Delaware County

20 Feb , 2020  

The next public program of the Delaware County Historical Society, “Voices of the Underground Railroad,” will present a poignant look at the way that escaping slaves impacted Delaware County in the years before the Civil War.

On Sunday, March 1 at 1:30 PM, the Curriculum Support Committee of the Society will present this a series of 10 vignettes about local people who were involved in the activities of the Underground Railroad in and around Delaware County during the era prior to the Civil War. More…

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Historical Society Program To Focus On African-American Hidden Communities

14 Feb , 2020  

The time has come to shed light on an important piece of Delaware County and Ohio history.

Professor Ric S. Sheffield from Kenyon College will be speaking about rural Ohio areas with long-established black communities which are often invisible to the larger white communities in which they reside. In recognition of Black History Month, this program relates the adventure of reclaiming the lost history of African Americans while showcasing the benefits of including minority populations within celebrations of heritage and sharing strategies for undertaking such projects in communities of various sizes and racial and ethnic makeups. More…

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History/Tourism, In Our Backyard

In Our Backyard: Living History At The Statehouse To Celebrate Black History Month

1 Feb , 2020  

With the new year. 1808Delaware has expanded our coverage to highlight attractions and events within easy driving distance of Delaware Countians. We’re calling this new set of postings, “In Our Backyard.” This will be in addition to our regular coverage of Delaware County happenings.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a free historical performance each Tuesday at noon. More…

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History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware: Slocum Hall

29 Jan , 2020  

One of the historic gems on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University is gaining new shine these days.

The University is undertaking an $11-million project to renovate Slocum Hall, including the restoration of its iconic Reading Room and its 70-foot-by-20-foot leaded glass ceiling. Slocum Hall is one of 10 locations on campus included on the National Register of Historic Places. More…



Visit The Zoo For Free

24 Jan , 2020  

This year, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will continue its tradition of offering free admission on President’s Day.

The offer will be valid during operating hours (10 AM to 4 PM) on February 17. Standard parking fees ($10 per vehicle, free for Zoo members) will still apply. More…

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In Our Backyard: State Tourism Unveils 2020 Winter Travel Inspiration

17 Jan , 2020  

In the “In Our Backyard” series, 1808Delaware highlight attractions and events within easy driving distance of Delaware Countians. In this instance, several of them, including ones very close to home.

Ohio’s wintry temperatures, majestic snowfalls and seasonal scenery invite visitors to experience some of the “coolest” activities of wintertime – and the new Winter in Ohio microsite provides locals and visitors alike a free, easy-to navigate tool for planning the perfect winter escape. More…

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1808Delaware, History/Tourism

Nominate A Favorite Local Landmark

8 Jan , 2020  

As 2020 begins, we here at 1808Delaware are reaching out to our readers with a request.

Our sister site, 1812Blockhouse,  has shared details about pieces of local history that dot Richland County throughout the last 3 2/ years. Through our Landmarks of Mansfield series and our Landmarks of Richland series, we have presented research on over 40 buildings, monuments, and downtowns. More…


Learn About Delaware County’s Last Covered Bridge

2 Jan , 2020  

Take a guided mental journey to the past later this month, after which you can follow by traveling to visit the actual site.

Noted speaker David Simmons, President of the Ohio Historic Bridge Association and Senior Editor of TIMELINE Magazine of the Ohio History Connection (formerly known as the Ohio Historical Society), will be presenting a talk about Delaware County’s last authentic covered bridge, the Chambers Road Covered Bridge on Chambers Road. More…

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Take The Delaware County Vine & Bine Trail

30 Dec , 2019  

Delaware County’s Vine & Bine Trail

Warm, welcoming and outstanding pours. Ready for an adventure? You’ve come to the right place: find all the information you need about Delaware County’s Vine & Bine Trail here! Love craft beer and wine? We have some of the best. Our Trail hosts can tell you about their award-winning offerings when you visit them.


Rutherford B. Hayes And The Christmas Telegram

25 Dec , 2019  

We’re starting a new holiday tradition here at 1808Delaware by sharing a Christmas story about Delaware’s best-known native.

Earlier this year, hundreds joined on the streets of downtown Delaware as a statute of President Rutherford B. Hayes was unveiled at the southwest corner of Sandusky and William Streets, a stone’s throw from the site of his birth. Throughout the year, much has been written about Hayes as the community came together to honor his legacy. More…

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New Ohio State Park Reservation and Registration System Coming Soon

9 Dec , 2019  

Richland Countians are certainly fans of Ohio’s many state parks, particularly those close to home. Visitors should take note that the way you reserve rentable amenities in this parks is about to change.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will roll out the new Ohio Reservation and Watercraft Registration System (ORRS) starting Friday, December 20. The online system will reduce reservation fees for customers, improve the user experience, and enhance the Ohio Parks rewards program. More…

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Holiday Open House To Highlight Past Residents Of The Nash House

29 Nov , 2019  

The Delaware County Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7 from 2 to 5 PM and on Sunday, December 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Nash House Museum, 157 E. William St. in Delaware.  The 1878 brick Italianate-style house will be decorated in traditional Victorian style and will feature toys and other Christmas gifts dating from 1880-1900.  Refreshments will be served. More…

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