History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Felkner-Anderson House

20 Jul , 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

Ohio State Parks Is A National Gold Medal Finalist

13 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware:

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) dedication to enhancing the visitor experience at state parks has earned national recognition. Ohio State Parks was named a 2021 National Gold Medal Award Finalist by The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The Gold Medal honors park systems across the country that demonstrate excellence, innovation, and a strong sense of community.

Delaware County is home to two state parks, Delaware and Alum Creek.

“Being a finalist is a tremendous honor, and it’s no surprise to Ohioans who have been visiting Ohio State Parks in record numbers,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “We’re grateful for the public’s longstanding support for our parks, and, regardless of the outcome, we will continue working hard to provide visitors with a world-class experience where priceless memories can be made in the great outdoors.” More…

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History/Tourism

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

8 Jul , 2021  

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

Summer Road Trips: Animation Exploration

5 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

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.

This week’s adventure is right down the road.

The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) will host premier exhibition The Animation Academy this summer. The exhibition is open to the public through September 6. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Limestone Vale

2 Jul , 2021  

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

Summer Road Trip: 1,000 Lanterns Will Transport You Far Away

29 Jun , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, Cleveland Metroparks

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.

A trip north on I71 this summer will take you to an experience that suggests a place several thousand miles to the east.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has announced the return of the record-breaking Asian Lantern Festival presented by Meijer. Beginning July 14, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will be transformed with over 1,000 new illuminated lanterns, live acrobatic performances and culturally-inspired cuisine. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Hotel Blee

25 Jun , 2021  

By: 1808Delaware

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

AEP Ohio “Trim To Treat” Partnership Benefitting Animals At The Zoo And The Wilds

23 Jun , 2021  

Special to 188Delaware

AEP Ohio’s forestry program is critical to keeping the power on — making sure that its lines and equipment are free of trees and brush that could potentially cause outages for customers. Now, the forestry crew’s work will serve a dual purpose by donating a portion of the trees they regularly trim to benefit the animals at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds through its new “Trim to Treat” partnership.

The fresh tree trimmings, branches and twigs — also known as browse — are important to the animals’ diets, and beneficial for enrichment. From the tallest to the smallest of animals, many will enjoy the benefits of this unique partnership, whether it’s a giraffe munching on some fresh leaves as part of its daily diet or a beaver chomping at a branch to help support dental health and its ever-growing teeth. More…

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History/Tourism

Summer Road Trips: A New Presidential Museum

17 Jun , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

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.

Today we’re suggesting one of our shortest possible road trips — just 22 or so miles from Delaware, and perhaps even a shorter driving distance from Ashley. We’re also talking about a rarity — a brand new museum that commemorates the life of a President of the United States.

The Warren G. Harding Presidential Library & Museum has been the focus of local, regional, and national attention before and after its recent opening. More…

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History/Tourism, Sunbury

Landmarks Of Delaware County Special: Myers Inn, Sunbury

13 Jun , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We are celebrating this, the 20th post in our Landmarks of Delaware County series, by presenting a uniquely historic county landmark in a new way.

To access the previous 19 posts in this series, visit this link.

The Myers Inn in Sunbury, built by the community’s co-founder Lawrence Myers, is a property powerfully tied to local history. It has had more than one life, and has generated a good deal of deserved attention. More…

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History/Tourism

Hey, I Saw Your House In A Catalog: Sears Houses In Delaware: Updated

2 Jun , 2021  

Publisher’s Note: This story has been updated with additional information.

By 1808Delaware

If you live in Delaware, there’s a good chance that you might live near a residence that was bought out of a book.

A Sears catalog, to be exact.

According to Wikipedia, Sears Catalog Homes (sold under the Sears Modern Homes name) were catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company, an American retailer. More…

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History/Tourism

Support The Zoo. Adopt A Gorilla For Father’s Day

2 Jun , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

You might not equate your average father with a gorilla, but there’s still something fun about combining the two to support him while you also promote the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.

In this case, it’s actually two gorillas at the Zoo which are the dads — Mac and Kiembe.

All of your donation will be put towards the care and enrichment of the Zoo’s gorilla dads and their families. More…

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