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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On Monday, the Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) announced receipt of a grant provided by the Ohio Arts Council. The grant, awarded late last year, will support the restoration of a Fraktur, a piece of German folk art featuring elaborate calligraphy and decorative embellishments.
The Fraktur was made in 1791 to commemorate the baptism of Michael Gross(en), a member of the Gross family who came by covered wagon from Hampton County in Pennsylvania to Troy Township in Delaware County, Ohio in 1821. Similar pieces were frequently created by the Pennsylvania Dutch, a cultural group descended from German immigrants, to recognize important celebrations, such as weddings and christenings.
The Fraktur, a valuable piece of the DCHS collection, is being restored by Jamison Art Conservation in Cleveland, Ohio and is scheduled to be completed later this year. The Ohio Arts Council grant was supplemented by donations from DCHS members and supporters to cover the cost of restoration.
“We are extremely fortunate to not only have such a beautiful and culturally significant piece of history in our collection but to also have the support of the Ohio Arts Council and our many DCHS donors to restore and preserve it,” said Donna Meyer, DCHS Executive Director. “It is a privilege to be trusted with the protection of such treasured artifacts and to have the opportunity to share them with our community.” More…
Updated with additional information.
You may well know about the various trails across Ohio that connect places that serve wine and ale; there are similar paths that take visitors to places that excel in ice cream, hamburgers, and pizza.
Why not coffee? What better way could there be to warm up on a chilly central Ohio day?
The folks at Destination Delaware have unveiled The Delaware County Coffee Trail, a connection of places to get a great cup of brew. To make the experience all the more enjoyable, there is an added bonus for making the trip.
Visit 10 of these coffee establishments, click a photo to memorialize your visit, and upload those photos to the Coffee Trail page on the Destination Delaware website to get a free bag of coffee beans roasted from Backroom Coffee Roasters in Galena. More…
Looking back at the annals of history, we can be certain of one thing.
The national passion for brass band music in the nineteenth century was felt here in Delaware County as well. As early as the 1850s, in fact, Delaware was home to a musical ensemble composed solely of brass instruments.
In a piece entitled “The American Brass Band Movement” on the website of the Library of Congress, it shares, “The early 1850s saw the brief flowering of a brilliant style of brass band music that constitutes an important but insufficiently explored part of our musical past.1 The cornets and saxhorns that made up the all-brass bands of the 1850s and remained a popular, though decreasingly prominent, feature of American wind bands through the nineteenth century were capable of producing, in the hands of good players, music of great charm and style.” More…
Originally shared in 2018, this article has been updated with additional information.
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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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has reported that attendance in 2022 exceeded 2 million guest visits.
“With rising costs and increased financial pressure on the families who visit us, we anticipated that 2022 would be down significantly. Fortunately, we experienced strong attendance, particularly during the fall and winter seasons. We are grateful for our wonderful community support. Revenue generated from ticket sales, membership and other purchases allows us to offer enriching educational experiences that also contribute to making a difference for wildlife locally and globally,” said Tom Schmid, President and CEO.
According to the consultant firm, ZooAdvisors, 2022 zoo attendance was projected down 9% nationwide from the previous year. The Columbus Zoo is right on par with this national trend as attendance reached 2.2 million guest visits in 2021. 2022 came in above our five year average of 1.95 million visits.
Operating revenue for the Columbus Zoo is projected to come in at approximately $75 million. With expenses tracking very close to, or under budget, the institution is anticipated to end 2022 with about $10 million in net income. More…
Stuyvesant Hall is Ohio Wesleyan University’s oldest and one of its most unique dormitories.
The building embodies tradition while at the same time its housing units boast modern amenities.
In 1925, OWU received a bequest of one million dollars from Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Stuyvesant. While neither were alumni of the university, they were childless and as they were nearing the end of their lives, were looking for someplace to donate their lifetime savings.
At this time, they became acquainted with the daughter of one of Stuyvesant’s neighbors, one Katherine Guthrey. Ms. Guthrey, an OWU student, had a character which compelled them to look more closely at the university as a possible beneficiary. More…
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The Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) has announced an author presentation and book signing event in support of The Underground Railroad in Ohio by author Kathy Schulz.
The free event will take place on Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 PM at The Barn at Stratford, located at 2690 Stratford Road, Delaware. Tours of the Meeker Homestead Museum are available following the book signing.
“We’re delighted to welcome Ms. Schulz to share her research,” said Donna Meyer, DCHS Executive Director. “Her personal knowledge, having lived near two major Underground Railroad junctions, should make for fascinating discussion and a unique educational experience for the entire community.”
The Underground Railroad in Ohio explores a dark time in American history and the role the state of Ohio played as host to nearly half of fugitive slave traffic during the antebellum era. More…
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The Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) today announced the latest offering in their regular, monthly historical education programming, Delaware County Industrial History: Rubber Products. This free virtual event, available on Zoom will take place on Wednesday, January 18, at 7:00 PM.
The program and discussion will center around the history of the County Engineering building, located on Channing Street in Delaware. The building was originally constructed by K&W Rubber company owners, Guy and Ora Krichbaum, as a production factory in 1918. The company relocated from Ashland to Delaware, enticed by members of the Delaware Commercial Club.
“Steve Schmitt, one of our many passionate volunteers, has done extensive research on Delaware County’s industrial past and we’re fortunate to have him share the interesting facts and engaging stories he’s uncovered,” said Donna Meyer, DCHS Executive Director. “These interactive events are a great opportunity for lifelong learners of all ages to discover more about our shared history here in Delaware County. The evolution of industry and manufacturing has shaped much of our local, national and global history. It’s fascinating to look back in time and think about what we might better understand to positively impact the future.” More…
By 1808Delaware; Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is celebrating a year of accomplishments, milestones, and investments in outdoor recreation. ODNR, keeping true to its mission, spent 2022 making sure Ohio’s public lands and resources were protected and improved for the use of all who step foot on them.
“We really kicked it into high gear this year, celebrating conservation and improving everything from state parks to wildlife areas to wetlands,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “I am proud of our team that works year-round to make each visitor experience better, upgrade equipment and trails, and pave the way for future generations to enjoy these lands.”
Area expansions and improvements included Alum Creek State Park and its new marina building.
ODNR marked 100 years of conservation this year, celebrating the creation of the Roosevelt Game Preserve. Known today as Shawnee State Park and Shawnee State Forest, the property was established in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1922. The area, now displaying a historic marker, was created to encourage the replenishment of natural resources and wildlife that had been depleted in Ohio’s past. More…