History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Williams’ Opera House

17 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Lovers of the arts in 19th century Delaware knew the venue on East Winter Street very well. Williams’ Opera House was s staple of the city’s cultural scene, with its four storefronts on the street level and the large auditorium/opera house on the second floor.

The building originally featured a large mansard roof, giving the appearance of a third story. The 1885 Sanborn Map of Delaware, shown here, called it a “French roof.” More…

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History/Tourism

It’s Time To Take The Columbus Ale Trail

14 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, Experience Columbus

With more than 50 unique craft breweries in the region, including in Delaware County, Columbus’ beer scene is an adventure waiting for you to explore. Pick up your free copy of the Columbus Ale Trail Volume 6 books at any participating Central Ohio brewery and launch your own journey of exploration.

Use the guide to learn about Central Ohio’s craft breweries, get rewarded for trying new brews and make great memories along the way.

This year’s edition features a new Delaware County addition, Spires Social Brewing Company, 8757 Sancus Boulevard, in addition to other participating breweries in Powell, Lewis Center, Westerville, and Delaware. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Felkner-Anderson House

12 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

They are called “I Houses,” and while Delaware County has several of them there is reputedly only one located in Scioto Township.

The house at 9716 Fontanelle Road dates from 1858, and was built by William Hall Felkner, replacing a log home dating from twenty years earlier built by his father Jacob. The Felkners were early settlers in western Delaware County, coming from Tennessee.

The phrase “I House” is not an official term, but it is a widely accepted way to describe houses from the early to mid 19th century across the Midwest and South that follow a particular pattern. More…

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History/Tourism

Delaware On The Map: The Beginning

9 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We are re-launching our series, “Delaware On The Map,” which looks at how local history is revealed on maps — maps of the area, county, and nation.

Students of local lore will know that the city of Delaware had its origins in 1804 when Moses Byxbe came to central Ohio from Massachusetts. Four years later, he laid out a town on the east, then the west bank of the Olentangy River. More…

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History/Tourism

Zoo Offering Free Admission On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

6 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has announced that the it will be continuing its tradition of free admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This year’s holiday will be on January 18.

The offer will be valid during regular operating hours (10 AM to 4 PM).

Open year round, the Columbus Zoo has much to see even in the winter months. From the comfort of indoor areas,guests can enjoy the gorillas in Congo Expedition; the wombat and other nocturnal animals in the Australian amd islands region; iguanas, snakes, and turtles in the Reptile Building; manatees, stingrays, and sharks in Manatee Coast and the Discovery Reef; langur monkeys and the sloth bear in Asia Quest; and more. More…

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History/Tourism

Zoo Offering Winter Half-Priced Days and No Reservation Required

2 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Remember the days of not having to make a reservation to visit the Zoo – well, those days are back… at least temporarily. Beginning January 4 through February 28, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s admission will be half price, members and non-members do not need a dated, timed ticket to enter. (Subject to change due to due weather and limited capacity).

Also, beginning January 4, the Zoo’s operating hours will be 10 AM to 4 PM.

Several animals enjoy the colder weather in their outside exhibits, such as those living in the North America region like the polar bear and cougars. Let’s not forget the newest residents at the Columbus Zoo; if you haven’t met the sea lions and harbor seals at Adventure Cove – you need to stop by.

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History/Tourism

Triple the Excitement! Columbus Zoo Welcomes Third Giraffe Calf Of 2020

31 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

There’s even more cause for celebration in the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Heart of Africa region, where a female Masai giraffe calf was born on Wednesday, December 9, at 11:06 AM. This is the third giraffe calf to be born at the Columbus Zoo this year, marking an important achievement for the conservation of this endangered species.

The Animal Care team, who was on 24-hour birth watch and observed the birth through a camera in the giraffe barn, reports that the calf born to 9-year-old mother, Digi, appears to be strong and alert. The calf was already fully standing and nursing shortly after birth. The care team was also delighted to observe the calf testing out her little “bunny hopping” and “running” (or “zoomies”) skills later that day. More…

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History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Slocum Hall

27 Dec , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

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…

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History/Tourism

Rutherford B. Hayes And The Christmas Telegram

25 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

We’re continuing a 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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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Ohio State Route 61

20 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Delaware County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks. In particular, we are continuing our look at the County’s collection of highways and byways.

Today, we look at a state highway which may not be the most exciting route in Ohio, but nevertheless starts (or stops, depending on your perspective) in Delaware County, travels through several other counties, and finishes within a stone’s throw of Lake Erie.

We’re talking about Ohio State Route 61, which has its southern terminus at the US36/State Route 37/Interstate 71 intersection near Sunbury. It travels from that point over 91 miles to a junction with US Route 6 near Huron and Vermilion. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Limestone Vale

18 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

It’s a piece of Pennsylvania-inspired architecture sitting in the middle of Ohio, and one can easily see why pioneer settler Daniel Stout chose this location on which to build.

Limestone Vale, which consists of a limestone house and stone end barn, was built in the 1850s along what is now Olentangy River Road. It remains in much the condition and setting it enjoyed when constructed.

The unique barn is one of four that survive along the Olentangy dating from before 1860. It is the only one of those to be paired with a stone farmhouse. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: Mark Twain

16 Dec , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware – Updated

The date was February 10, 1885. That afternoon, three visitors to Delaware exited the train and secured transportation downtown. Making their way to the new City Hall and Opera House, they made their way to the second floor.

One of the men was a well-known novelist of the day, a man known for his written and vocal representations of life in the southern United States. One of the others was an American icon of the first order, an author, raconteur, and humorist.

The two, who were in the midst of their “Twins of Genius” Tour, were George Washington Cable and Samuel L. Clemens, better known as “Mark Twain.” More…

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