History/Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Hamlet Under The Stars

19 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Welcome back to Summer Road Trips for 2022!

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Delaware County. For the first time in two years, we’re sharing events taking place in-person, although by all means please all ahead and verify what social distancing, masking, etc.

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.

If you have never been to a presentation by The Actors’ Theatre at Schiller Park in Columbus’ German Village, you really will be in for a treat if you take this particular road trip. We at 1812Blockhouse have been there in years past, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: US Route 42

18 May , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

It may not be the most exciting federal highway in the country, but it does have an important local connection.

We’re talking about US 42, the 350 mile highway that stretches from northeast to southwest across Ohio, and which they scurries westward along the Ohio River through Kentucky.

The history of US 42 began in 1927, the year when previously numbered highways across the country were joined together and renumbered to create the official federal highway system. Along the track of US 42 from Cleveland to Louisville, four previously existing roads were joined together. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Limestone Vale

17 May , 2022  

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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Columbus Zoo And Aquarium Celebrates 50 Years Of Zoofari

16 May , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

It’s a golden celebration you won’t want to miss! On June 18, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be marking the 50th year of Zoofari, presented by Fifth Third Bank.

For one special night of the year at the Columbus Zoo, adults ages 21 years and older can explore the park from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. while enjoying delicious food, signature cocktails and live music—all to benefit the Zoo’s conservation education programs.

This year’s fundraiser will take place throughout most of the Zoo and will feature signature dishes from nearly area restaurants and establishments, adult beverages and soft drinks and multiple stages featuring bands that have been popular over the years at this event. More…

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Delaware County Landmark Named One Of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites

14 May , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Each year, Preservation Ohio, the state’s original and oldest statewide historic preservation organization, compiles and publishes a list of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites.

The 2022 list, announced on Friday, includes 13 locations around the Buckeye State including houses, a neighborhood, a church, a former county courthouse, a former school, a lake, and more.

And for 2022, that list includes a site in Delaware County. More…

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History/Tourism

In Our Backyard: A New Presidential Museum

12 May , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

From time to time, we feature information here at 1812Blockhouse about interesting events and happenings within an easy drive of Richland County. We call this series “In Our Backyard.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland 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 35 or so miles from Mansfield, and perhaps even a shorter driving distance from Bellville and Lexington. 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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The Curious Case Of The Caged Convict: A Scene From Delaware History

8 May , 2022  

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

Historical Society To Host Program On South Delaware

4 May , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

On Tuesday, May 17, the Delaware County Historical Society will present a program on the history of the southern area of the city of Delaware.

Titled “South Delaware – The First 135 Years”, this free program will explore the development and transformation of this area in the city of Delaware. It will cover the area bordered by William Street, London Road, Sandusky Street, and Liberty Street.

This program will be presented by Delaware County Historical Society volunteer, Watson Walker Jr. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a master’s degree in Guidance & Counseling, and was a longtime educator, counselor and administrator at Columbus State Community College. He chairs the Historical Society’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee. He has written numerous books on African Americans and will share his research about notable residents, businesses, schools and churches of this area. More…

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History/Tourism

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Guests Will See Some Adorable New Faces During Their Visit This Spring

4 May , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

Spring’s arrival with warmer days is exciting at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as guests will find some new additions representing a few of the international species cared for at the Zoo. Over the past few months, several babies were welcomed into the Zoo family, including a baby colobus monkey, two feathertail gliders, and two stingray pups!

Baby Colobus Monkey

The first birth of the year occurred behind the scenes on January 15 with the arrival of a male guereza colobus monkey, who was named Jif by his care team. On warmer days, Jif and his experienced mother, Jabari, and father, Sekani, can be found in the Zoo’s Congo Expedition region with the troop that includes two other females.

The colobus monkeys’ striking long black and white fur and tail make them distinctive in their range countries in equatorial Africa. This long fur also serves as an important cover as female colobus monkeys use it to help hide babies from predators. Colobus monkeys spend half their day resting and sleeping, and the rest of the time is spent eating and moving through trees to look for food. The word colobus means “mutilated one” as the species lacks thumbs. Instead, they have a little nub with a nail instead of a thumb, and they use their long fingers as “hooks” as they leap from tree to tree. While their conservation status is currently listed as Least Concern, they continue to face threats such as habitat destruction, hunting, and capture for the illegal wildlife trade. More…

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1808Delaware, History/Tourism

Nominate A Favorite Local Landmark

30 Apr , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

We here at 1808Delaware are reaching out to our readers with a request.

Over the last two years, we have presented information on 25 buildings and other iconic pieces of local history in our “Landmarks of Delaware County” series. Those posts can be read here.

We’re eager to add to that number and we’re turning to you for help. Do you have a favorite local landmark that you’d like to see profiled on 1808Delaware? Is there a building you’ve been wondering about, or a neighborhood or downtown you would like to see highlighted?

If so, please send us an email at: 1808delaware@gmail.com and we’ll get right on it!