History/Tourism

Fall Road Trip: Woosterfest!

24 Sep , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

This year, we’re going to add a handful of Fall Road Trip ideas to our usual staple of Summer Road Trips. Each provides Delaware Countians with an easy day trip idea that features something unique and different.

As always, we remind our readers that Delaware County itself if full of interesting things to see and do. For the latest information on those places, visit the website of Destination Delaware County.

It’s an easy drive east along US30 to the nearby city of Wooster, home to that annual combination of fun, food, and festivity known as Woosterfest.

This year’s 39th Annual edition is a free family event will serve as a kick-off to fall, and will take place on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. More…

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History/Tourism, OWU

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Edwards Gymnasium

23 Sep , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University is home to 11 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a walk around its campus does evoke both a keen sense of the past and optimism for the future.

Perhaps this is most keenly felt in the interior of buildings like Edwards Gymnasium, long home to many OWU athletic offices and activities, and now transformed into a modern fitness and activities center.

Edwards began its life in 1906 as a 1,800 multi-purpose arena on the south end of campus. It came into existence thanks to the generosity of Trustee John Edwards of Leipsic, Ohio. More…

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History/Tourism

Ohio. Find It Here. Scares Up Fantastic Fall Fun

23 Sep , 2022  

Release shared by Ohio. Find It Here.

Fall is a favorite season for many, and fall in Ohio has something for everyone, from haunted places to scenic spaces. Ohio. Find It Here. just launched its annual Fall in Ohio campaign, filled with exciting ways to explore and celebrate autumn, including 100 Things To Do in Ohio this Fall.

“Fall is a beautiful time of year throughout Ohio,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “I encourage families to get out and make some wonderful fall memories, whether that’s attending a big football game, hiking and biking through our beautiful state parks, or checking out some of Ohio’s ‘haunted’ history.”

Stay a Night in Haunted Ohio

Amateur ghost hunters can travel across Ohio in search of spooky spots. Those brave enough can spend the night in one of Ohio’s many haunted hotels and inns where guests and staff have seen ghosts. Footsteps, voices, and moving furniture have been reported at The Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. Ghostly encounters with the spirit of a little girl have been reported at the 225-year-old Golden Lamb restaurant and hotel in Lebanon. Mysterious laughter has been heard inside the state park lodge at Punderson Manor, one of the Great Ohio Lodges. And you can take a “Ghostory Tour” of the spiritually active Buxton Inn in Granville, which hauntedrooms.com named the most haunted hotel in Ohio. More…

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History/Tourism

Division Of Wildlife Awards Grant To Columbus Zoo For Animal Conservation

22 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz and Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker recently presented The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with a $500,000 check for wildlife conservation efforts in Ohio. The funds will be used for facility upgrades to the Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center and for conservation work to restore native amphibians and reptiles.

“We are thrilled to invest in Ohio’s wildlife and help restore populations of native wildlife,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “We are grateful for the world-renowned experts at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium who help us to make sure animals can prosper.”

Freshwater mussels are Ohio’s most imperiled wild animal. Because of their at-risk status, efforts have been underway by The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and others to raise and release mussels in Ohio’s waterways.

“We are extremely grateful to ODNR for their generous support, which will help us to make an even bigger impact in protecting our native invertebrate, amphibian, and reptile species,” President/CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Tom Schmid said. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: Eleanor Roosevelt

16 Sep , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Largely because of it being the home of Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware has had its fair share of famous visitors.

Presidents and First Ladies; Governors of Ohio; noted authors and politicians have included the city on speaking and engagement tours. In 1954, that included the former First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt.

Roosevelt was on her own, of course, a highly respected political figure, diplomat, and activist. She engaged in frequent travel and was a noted public speaker. In January of that year her itinerary included an engagement at Ohio Wesleyan as part of a speaking tour at three Ohio colleges.

In her regular newspaper column (“My Day“) on January 19, 1954, she described her visit to Delaware and her lunch at Bun’s:

“Friday we spent most of the morning travelling from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, to Ohio Wesleyan University. We arrived in Delaware, Ohio, in time to be taken for lunch to a delightful little restaurant run by a gentleman known as Mr. Bun because his father was a baker. His son is called “Biscuit” and another member of the family “Crumb,” so they are well identified with their occupation! The campus is separated by the village but really the village belongs to the campus and is part of it. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware Welcomed: Abraham Lincoln

13 Sep , 2022  

By 1808Delaware – Updated with additional information

Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln was in Delaware during his lifetime?

Local historians are already aware that Lincoln’s funeral train came through Delaware County on the morning of April 29, 1865, passing through Ashley, Delaware, and Lewis Center.

It was noted at the time by news correspondents that when the train reached Ashley at 5:43 AM: “ Groups of people are clustered about the depot and the green lots surrounding. The men are all uncovered, and the women look, in deep sympathy as we speed onward.” More…

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History/Tourism

Columbus Zoo Celebrates Birth Of Endangered Masai Giraffe Calf

9 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is celebrating the arrival of an adorable—and very important—new face in the Heart of Africa region. With a fuzzy mane, unique spot pattern, enviable eyelashes, and long wobbly legs that have already supported excited “zoomies,” a male Masai giraffe calf was born on Wednesday, August 31 at 2:45 p.m. to mom, Zuri. Not only is the calf fiercely cute, but his birth is especially significant as it marks an important achievement for the future of this endangered species. At this time, the little guy doesn’t have a name, but we hope it will be forthcoming!

The Columbus Zoo’s Animal Care team is providing time for Zuri to bond with her calf in the Giraffe Barn and a behind-the-scenes yard as the calf slowly begins to be introduced to other herd members. The care team continues to observe Zuri and her newborn very closely via camera monitors and reports that Zuri is being a great mother. After many good attempts, the calf stood, took a few steps, and was nursing shortly after birth. The next day, the Animal Health and Animal Care teams completed a wellness exam on the calf and confirmed that the calf seems to be healthy and well fed.

Zuri, who is 12 years old, came to the Columbus Zoo in 2013 after living at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio, and the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, Texas, where she was born. In 2020, she gave birth to calf, Ralph, who still resides at the Columbus Zoo in the savanna with the rest of the giraffe herd, including calves, Sammie and Schaefer, who were also born that year. More…

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History/Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Visit History Starting This Week With Ohio Open Doors

6 Sep , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

This year we’re continuing our 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 Open Doors is back, the very successful statewide event that opens the doors to dozens of sites that connect Ohioans to their past.

The event takes place between September 9 to September 18, during which time building and landmark owners and operators open to the public for special tours and programs – all at no charge. It’s an opportunity to celebrate Ohio’s architecture and history.

There are no participating sites in Delaware County. Nearby Franklin County, however, has 25 historic venues opening their doors, more than any other Ohio county. Here is just a sampling of those: More…

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History/Tourism

Central Ohio’s Horror Theme Park To Return This Fall

26 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

We’re waiting for you—if you dare to visit, that is! This fall, the undead will rule the night as Zoombezi Bay transforms into ZOMBIEzi Bay, presented by Mtn Dew, to offer a thrilling Halloween experience unlike any other in Central Ohio.

At ZOMBIEzi Bay, guests will explore a fiendish world of four haunted houses, two scare zones, six amusement rides, and other sinister surprises. The terrifying fun begins with opening night on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. ZOMBIEzi Bay will be held on Friday and Saturday nights in September, and every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night in October, with additional bonus hours on Thursday, October 27. Event hours are from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on all Thursdays and Sundays, and 6 p.m. – midnight on all Fridays and Saturdays.

“The transformation of Zoombezi Bay is currently underway, and it is incredibly exciting to see the park transition from a summertime waterpark oasis to a thrilling Halloween experience as we enter the second season of ZOMBIEzi Bay. Guests—both new and returning—can expect additions and improvements to each of our six haunted attractions, including the debut of our all-new scare zone, Devastation. More…

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History/Tourism

Summer Road Trip Special: Coming To Cedar Point In 2023

24 Aug , 2022  

By 1808Delaware, Cedar Point

One of the world’s greatest amusement parks is located within only two hours of Delaware County, and generations of locals have ridden its roller coasters, gotten wet on its water rides, and eaten delicious fair food.

From time to time, we have brought our readers news of new developments announced for Cedar Point. Earlier this month, news was shared of a diverse set of new attractions for family fun coming in 2023.

The excitement and nostalgia of Cedar Point’s classic lakeside experience will be celebrated in a whole new way in 2023 when the park opens The Boardwalk, a new themed area just steps away from the very Lake Erie shoreline that made Cedar Point famous. The Boardwalk is a modern interpretation of the Cedar Point of yesteryear. New ride, dining and entertainment experiences for the entire family will round out the improvements coming to the former Lakeside Midway. More…

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