History/Tourism

There’s A New Baby Giraffe Calling This County Home

1 Jul , 2020  

From: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; 1808Delaware

Recent births at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are contributing to important species populations at risk for survival, including a Masai giraffe calf, a sea lion pup, two red panda cubs, and a siamang (gibbon) baby.

Today on 1808Delaware, we are sharing information about the first of these births, a giraffe calf who arrived in the world this past weekend. More…

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History/Tourism

Delaware Roots: Senator Preston B. Plumb

29 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

We introduce a new series today on 1808Delaware, Delaware Roots.

Over the last two centuries, Delaware County has produced a remarkable set of individuals who have led lives of discovery. This series will reveal short insights into the lives of the well-known and less commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history.

We begin with a trailblazing newspaper entrepreneur who was both a Delaware County native and who served as a United States Senator, a man with the name of Preston B. Plumb. More…

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History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Slocum Hall

28 Jun , 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

The Day That Main Street Came To Delaware: Part One

26 Jun , 2020  

By: Owner/Publisher Thomas Palmer, 1808Delaware

Fans of downtown Delaware are well aware of the organization known as Main Street Delaware.

That organization’s first baby step took place with a phone call. I know this, as I am the person who made that call over two decades ago.

Locally, Main Street Delaware spearheads the revitalization of Delaware’s central business district using a model which has been successfully used across the country for 40 years. More…

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History/Tourism

One Year On, Great American Rail-Trail Work Continues

24 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

At this time last year, we shared a post here on 1808Delaware relaying news that promoters of the Great American Rail-Trail had unveiled a preferred route for the project, and that that route crossed Delaware County.

The thoroughly researched route ended up one which would travel through 12 states and the District of Columbia along 3,700 miles. Of that distance, 1,700 miles were “gaps” in which trail development needed to take place.

In that year, the initiative moved ahead at breakneck speed. More…

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History/Tourism

Essential Guide To Ohio State Parks Is Now Available

22 Jun , 2020  

The Ohio State Parks Passport, the essential guide to all 75 Ohio State Parks, is now available.

“Our state parks, all 75 of them, are truly wonderful, unique, and always free to enter,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Throughout the Buckeye State, in every season, there are state parks waiting to be explored.”

The Ohio State Parks Passport is a must-have for visitors of all ages as they travel and experience the great outdoors at state parks. Printed in full color and with a page for every park, the passport includes a full set of custom state park decal stickers that visitors can use to commemorate each new visit. State parks will also feature exclusive ink stamps that park staff can use to mark a visitor’s book each time they visit. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Hotel Blee

21 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

The three story building sits prominently on the southwest corner of Union and Winter Streets, just as it has since 1890.

The Hotel Blee may have had a troubled beginning, but it continues to provide residential space 130 years later — albeit of a more long-term variety.

The sturdy brick structure at 42-46 East Winter Street was built as a hotel to replace a frame structure on the site, but that purpose didn’t last long. While it is not known who built the building, it is known that a railroad conductor was either involved or purchased the property very shortly after construction. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: Mark Twain

19 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

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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History/Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Summer Treasure Hunt Challenge At Malabar

16 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Delaware County. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Delaware County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Ohio’s State Parks are open, and Malabar Farm State Park has activities available for those who want to get outside and explore.

Malabar’s Summer Treasure Hunt Challenge combines that exploration with discovering a new hidden gem each week. Here are the rules: More…

History/Tourism

Cool Down Soon At Zoombezi Bay

12 Jun , 2020  

Zoombezi Bay is joining the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in re-opening after weeks of closure.

The attraction is is pleased to welcome back Season Pass Holders and Gold Members beginning on June 19, 20, and 21, and all guests starting on June 22.

Zoombezi Bay will be open daily from 10:30 AM to 7 PM, and all Zoombezi Bay visits (including for Season Pass Holders and Gold Members) will require a dated, timed ticket to help ensure that social distancing and other precautions are followed appropriately. More…

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History/Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Hocking Hills Reopening By The Fourth Of July

8 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff; Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Quite honestly, we weren’t entirely sure a month or so ago that we would have the opportunity to post in our Summer Road Trip series in 2020. As Ohio re-opens in a measured and safe way, additional venues and attractions are coming online. Fair and festivals may be out for the time being, but interesting places to visit are very much on tap.

So this year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Delaware County. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Delaware County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

As you may know, Ohio’s State Parks have generally been open for hiking and visiting, but one of the best-known has been shut down. That is about to change. More…

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Delaware, History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Delaware Post Office Building

7 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

The early decades of the 20th century saw public buildings built across the country, each making a statement about the importance of institutions housed inside their walls.

And, as a bustling city with a population nearing 9,000 inhabitants, a county seat as well as the location for a prominent liberal arts college, Delaware was exactly the kind of place where those investments were being made.

Over 100 years later, the city and the college are both benefiting from the erection of a classically-designed building that has stood the test of time. More…

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