History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About : US36

22 Oct , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s another in our series of posts sharing details and little known information about things that Delaware Countians know and see every day.

Today, we look at US Highway 36, a 1,414 mile (that’s 2,276 kilometers) highway that stretches from Ohio to Colorado, and right through Delaware County.

During its route, both in Ohio and across the US, the highway includes two lane and expressway sections as it goes through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. It intersects with interstate highways 16 times, some more than once, and actually joins those highways at various points.

Along its way, US36 bypasses many of the larger cities and metropolitan areas, and instead travels through many county seat towns. More…

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History/Tourism

Orphaned Moose Calf Welcomed Into New Home At The Zoo

21 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

She’s curious and—as her name suggests—very sweet with her devoted care team. After a challenging and heartbreaking start in her young life, Strawberry, an orphaned female moose, now calls the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium home.

The Zoo’s newest resident arrived from the Alaska Zoo on October 12, 2021 accompanied by the Columbus Zoo’s Vice President of Animal Health and the assistant curator of the facility’s North America region, where Strawberry is settling in. Estimated to be approximately 4-6 months old, Strawberry is just a little over 5 feet tall and weighed about 390 pounds when she first arrived in Columbus. Strawberry’s care team reports that while she continues to explore and learn her way around her new surroundings, she is eating well and gaining weight. She receives a bottle from her keepers in the morning as supplemental feeding and receives grain and browse throughout the rest of the day. More…

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History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Slocum Hall

14 Oct , 2021  

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

Historical Society Now Owns Former Jail And Sheriff’s Residence

10 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

A significant landmark of Delaware county and city history has a more certain future.

The sale of Delaware County’s historic Old Jail and Sheriff’s Residence has closed.

On Wednesday, October 6, the $350,000 sale from the Delaware County Land Reutilization Corporation to the Delaware County Historical Society was completed. More…

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History/Tourism

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Coming To Delaware County

7 Oct , 2021  

Lighthouse Immersive has announced the long-awaited location for their upcoming exhibition.

Set to open on October 28, the Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit will find a home at POLARIS, located at 940 Polaris Parkway in North Columbus, OH.

POLARIS, which is situated in the heart of the city’s shopping and entertainment district, is the perfect host venue for this one-of-a-kind exhibit that will introduce visitors to the post-impressionist artist. Audiences will have the opportunity to step into this unique space that will be transformed with Van Gogh’s paintbrush in a swirl of color, brought to life with over 90,000,000 pixels of animation. More…

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History/Tourism

Columbus Zoo And Aquarium Names New President And CEO

7 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

NOTE: 1808Delaware will have information on Thursday night about the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s announcement of an appeal of a denial of accreditation.

Tom Schmid, a highly regarded member of the international zoological community, was chosen as the new President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Tuesday. The Board of Directors voted to formally name Schmid to lead the Zoo, The Wilds, Safari Golf Club, and Zoombezi Bay.

Schmid, 58, begins his leadership role on December 6 after concluding his service as CEO of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. At Texas State Aquarium, Schmid led his team to grow the institution to one of the largest aquariums in North America, advancing wildlife conservation work and raising nearly $100 million to support the aquarium’s mission. More…

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History/Tourism

The Curious Case Of The Caged Convict: A Scene From Delaware History

5 Oct , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

There are hints of Hugo’s Les Miserables in the tale of one Andy Ehman, a man on the run who made Delaware his adopted home 134 years ago.

Actually, it sounds like the stuff of a good movie script – petty crimes, severe penalties, assumed identities, even bigamy.

Ehman was at one point a resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the time an industrial center in the southern part of the state. In 1879, he was convicted of burglary and sentenced to four years in prison.

In May of 1882, Andy Ehman saw a chance to escape along with 11 of his fellow inmates — even though only a few months remained in his sentence. At high noon, in full view of everyone, they scaled the prison wall and scattered to the wind. Pursuit began, and in the days and weeks that followed, the other 11 were captured. More…

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History/Tourism

Farewell, Kulu

29 Sep , 2021  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced Monday that polar bear, Kulu, will be moving this fall to another Midwest zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Staff from both zoos are working to finalize the details of the move. Kulu has gained a large following since his birth on Thanksgiving Day on November 28, 2019, and fans are encouraged to visit soon if they wish to see Kulu before he departs for his new home. The receiving facility will be announced when they unveil the exciting news about Kulu’s arrival to their community.

Kulu will be accompanied by one of his Animal Care team members, as well as a Columbus Zoo staff veterinarian, to help ensure that he arrives safely. The dedicated care team members at his new home are very excited to welcome him and are prepared to help ensure that he adjusts smoothly to his new surroundings. The date when Kulu will make his first public appearance at his new home has not yet been determined. More…

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History/Tourism

ODNR Releases 2021 Fall Color Forecast

24 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Entering the fall season, Ohio’s forests are beginning their transformation into a dazzling display of colors as the leaves change. Throughout the season, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here., will be providing weekly updates on the best locations to enjoy unique activities and beautiful hues of autumn.

“The colors of fall make our great outdoors even more beautiful,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “This is the perfect time to enjoy a walk through a state park, nature preserve, or forest and experience the transition of summer to autumn.”

When forecasting fall color, foresters must consider several variables such as sunlight, temperature, wind, and rainfall when estimating the intensity and longevity of leaf color. This year, the ODNR Division of Forestry is expecting peak color to arrive in mid-to-late October. More information on the current forecast is available at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: The Father Of Hungarian Democracy

21 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We’re doing a bit of a “spin” today on one of our standard series.

We have highlighted stories of visits to Delaware County by important figures of literary, academic, artistic, and political history in a series we call “When Delaware County Welcomed.” Through those posts, we have looked back in time to consider all of the well-known individuals who have stopped in the city.

Of course, many of these visitors came to Delaware, both because of its larger population than other county communities and because of the presence of Ohio Wesleyan University. Occasionally, these guests would some from some distance.

One of the first major world political figures to visit Delaware arrived in the winter of 1852, visiting the city on a tour across the Midwest. Lajos Kossuth, also known as Louis Kossuth, was a Hungarian nobleman, lawyer, journalist, politician, statesman and Governor-President of the Kingdom of Hungary during the revolution of 1848–49. More…

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History/Tourism

President Hayes Walking Tour On Tap

17 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Historical Society presents a special walking tour in downtown Delaware. Titled “Young and Old Rutherford B. Hayes Walking Tour”, this event will be held on Sunday, October 3. Three identical tours will be offered – at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm, and are limited to 15 people for each tour.

Tours begin at the Sulfur Spring on Ohio Wesleyan’s Campus across from Selby Stadium and will include locations related to Rutherford B. Hayes’ life. The walk will feature Society volunteers and Hayes reenactors – Devon Hardwick as young Hayes and Bill Rietz as older Hayes. Tour guides will include Brent Carson and Laurie Schaefer.

Young Hayes will describe in detail, childhood memories of what he described as “his world” around the area of West William Street and Franklin Street. Older Hayes will discuss, among other topics, his devotion to his duties as a member of Ohio Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees and in his participation in laying the cornerstone of University Hall. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Stephen Sharp House

12 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

With a setting on important routes heading to Lake Erie and freedom from Columbus, and with its known abolitionist leanings, Delaware County was on an important location for the Underground Railroad.

Many travelling along that fabled route found themselves along what is now Africa Road, which ran between Westerville and Africa.

An Ohio historic marker recounts how the settlement and the road got their names: “Samuel Patterson arrived in East Orange in 1824 and, within a few years, began to hide runaway slaves in his home. He also invited anti-slavery speakers to the pulpit of the East Orange Methodist Church, which brought Patterson and his neighbors into conflict with the bishop. Following their consciences, they became the Wesleyan Methodists and built a new church. A pro-slavery neighbor mocked them by calling their community Africa, and so East Orange was renamed. The village has disappeared but several homes owned by Patterson and his neighbors still stand in this vicinity.” More…

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