History/Tourism

Harlem Township Dedicates Historic Marker

11 Nov , 2019  

Joe On the GO: Harlem Township Heritage Dedication Ceremony

Harlem Township Heritage will be hosting a dedication ceremony of an Ohio historic marker honoring Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veteran, Richard W. Thompson. The ceremony will be held in Fancher Cemetery on Fancher Rd (Delaware County Rd 20), 0. 9 miles west of State Route 605 in Harlem Township.

History/Tourism

A Look Back: Delaware Celebrates The Original Veterans Day

11 Nov , 2019  

Before the name was changed to “Veterans Day,” it was known as “Armistice Day” in recognition of the armistice agreement that ended World War I. Major hostilities in that conflict ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

It was a day that was celebrated up and down the streets of Delaware. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society conducts Old Jail Tour

2 Nov , 2019  

On Saturday, October 26, the Delaware County Historical Society held its 3rd annual guided tour of the old Delaware County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence in Delaware, located at 20 W. Central Ave. Despite the rain, over 100 people gathered to learn about the history of this iconic historic jail, which housed prisoners from 1878 to 1988. Historical Society volunteers, Brent Carson and Dave Hejmanowski, conducted the tour, and invited visitors to walk through the building, including the cellblocks. More…

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History/Tourism

City Of Delaware Reportedly Planning To Demolish Endangered Historic Site

20 Oct , 2019  

The City of Delaware may be planning to demolish the historic Caretaker’s House at Oak Grove Cemetery soon, 1808Delaware has learned.

Earlier this year, the structure was named to the 2019 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites by Preservation Ohio, the state’s oldest statewide historic preservation organization. In a press release, the organization stated, “The original plans for Delaware’s historic city cemetery called for this house to be built, the oldest portion of which dates to the 1850s. More…

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History/Tourism

Courthouse Views

6 Oct , 2019  

On the way to the unveiling of the President Rutherford B. Hayes statue, we took a stop to see progress on the Historic Delaware County Courthouse. It was a beautiful, clear, crisp evening and, of course, restoration work had halted for the weekend.

We’re pleased to share a few of those photos with you today. More…

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History/Tourism

Society, City Celebrate Legacy of Delaware Native EWB Curry

6 Oct , 2019  

The Delaware County Historical Society is joining the City of Delaware in commemorating the life of a native son.

On October 9, the City will unveil two honorary street signs which will commemorate the life and work of Elmer Washington Bryant Curry (1871-1930), who was the first African American teacher in Delaware and founder of the Curry Institute. More…

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History/Tourism, Life in Delaware County

Hayes Statue Unveiled; Delaware Celebrates

5 Oct , 2019  

Perhaps it was the cooler weather, or maybe it was the scene of fire engines and equipment lining two blocks of Sandusky Street. Or, just as likely, it was the opportunity to watch history take place before one’s own eyes. Whatever the reason, a very large crowd filled downtown Delaware on Friday night for the October First Friday.

The event was marked by the official unveiling of a new statue of native son President Rutherford B. Hayes, one which, speakers noted often, looks in the direction of the site of his birthplace on East William Street. Fittingly, it took place on Hayes’ 197th birthday. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: Frederick Douglass

28 Sep , 2019  

Editor’s Note: We originally shared this post in November of 2018.

Throughout its 210 year history, this part of Ohio has been visited by several individuals with significant places in history. Today, we look at one man who visited Delaware County no fewer than three times over a 27 year period. More…

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History/Tourism

Join Around The Campfire And Relive Ohio’s Past

27 Sep , 2019  

This weekend, experience an ‘Ohio Frontier Encampment’ courtesy of the Powell-Liberty Historical Society.

For the second year in a row, R.J. Basista, professional reenactor, will set up an encampment on the Martin Perry House yard. R.J. will be on the grounds on Friday evening for campfire activities, and on Saturday for a whole day of exploring our past from the Revolutionary War, into the Ohio frontier and beyond. More…

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History/Tourism

Fun Ideas for an Ohio Mini Vacation This Fall

18 Sep , 2019  

Just in time for cooling temperatures and vibrant foliage, Ohio. Find It Here and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) are teaming up to launch the Fall in Ohio microsite  – an easy-to-navigate online resource perfect for locals and visitors seeking leaf-peeping tips, incredible fall color views, quintessential festivals and must-see attractions. Delaware County is very very much included in the mix. More…

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Delaware County, History/Tourism

Commissioners Seek Appointee For Delaware County CVB Board

12 Sep , 2019  

The Delaware County Board of Commissioners is currently seeking to appoint a Delaware County representative to the Delaware County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees to fill an unexpired term. The mission of this board is to promote tourism and attract visitors and conventions to Delaware County. This Board consists of eleven (11) members who each serve a three (3) year term. More…

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History/Tourism

Little Brown Jug Memories Featured At Historical Society Program

11 Sep , 2019  

Two presenters, Roger Huston, the long-time announcer, and Jay Wolf, unofficial historian of the Little Brown Jug harness race, will be featured at the next community program offered by the Delaware County Historical Society. Following their comments, audience members will be asked to share their own stories about the race which will be recorded as part of the Little Brown Jug Oral History Project, a digital archive for capturing and sharing local community history. More…

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History/Tourism

New Exhibits At Meeker Homestead Museum

6 Sep , 2019  

What we now know as the present-day village of Stratford, near US 23 and SR 315 south of Delaware, was settled in 1807 by John Beard and was the site of early pioneer mills in Delaware County.

The exhibit “Stratford a Mill Town” explains how the town grew from 1807 through 1902 along the banks of the Whetstone (Olentangy) River, which provided power for these mills which produced grain, wool, and paper. More…

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Delaware County, History/Tourism

Commissioners Provide Update On Courthouse Renovation Project

28 Aug , 2019  

In June 2019, Delaware County launched a construction project to preserve and renovate the Historic Courthouse.

Begun in 1868 and completed in 1869, this iconic structure at the northwest corner of North Sandusky Street and Central Avenue originally housed most of Delaware County’s elected officials and their staffs. The building was vacated in November 2017 when the offices working there (including the Court of Common Pleas and the Clerk of Courts) moved to the new Delaware County Courthouse complex at 117 N. Union St.. More…

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History/Tourism, Life in Delaware County

Delaware County’s Newest Residents Are Ready To Roar

27 Aug , 2019  

Three African lion cubs were born earlier this month at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Mother Naomi is doing well and is being very attentive to the cubs, who appear to be healthy. All are being monitored behind the scenes by the Zoo’s veterinary and Heart of Africa animal care teams. More…