History/Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Fly Me To The Moon

17 Jun , 2019  

With this post we begin a weekly look at unique summer festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of the Delaware area. We call these “Summer Road Trips,” and we’ll continue these weekly posts through August. One of the perks of living in central Ohio is its proximity to world-class entertainment, sporting opportunities, and more.

Of course, we want to share that there are many extraordinary places to visit right here in Delaware County this summer and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

It’s the 50th anniversary of man’s first lunar this summer, and Ohio – home to an extraordinary history of firsts in the whole field of aviation and flight – is celebrating that milestone in a huge way. More…

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History/Tourism

Frederick Douglass Returns To Delaware

13 Jun , 2019  

Frederick Douglass was a runaway slave, but also a self-educated man, author, noted speaker, activist in civil and human rights, and the first black man to hold high office in the US government. During his lifetime he spoke in Delaware, Ohio several times: in 1856 at Templar Hall (Kern Building), in 1867 at William Street United Methodist Church, and in 1870 at the Delaware Opera House. On May 10, 2008, Civil War Remembrance Day, a historical plaque was placed at 17 N. Sandusky St. to commemorate his 1856 appearance.

On Thursday, June 20 at 7 PM, the Delaware County Historical Society will present a community program at William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William Street. More…

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History/Tourism

Downtown Places, Hidden Spaces

30 May , 2019  

Ever wanted to tour some of downtown Delaware’s hidden upstairs spaces? See some unfinished spaces that have been untouched for thirty years during the June First Friday event.

These sites and several other downtown locations not typically open to the public will be part of this year’s Main Street Delaware “Hidden Spaces” tour. Usually, nearly a dozen locations are scheduled to be part of this peek into the past. More…

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History/Tourism, Life in Delaware County

Coast Into Summer With New Rides At The Columbus Zoo And Aquarium

28 May , 2019  

This summer, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering even more fun with the addition of new rides and attractions.

For starters, guests can now enjoy a journey back in time on the Dinosaur Island boat ride and get an adrenaline rush on two new rides in the Zoo’s Jungle Jack’s Landing area. More…

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History/Tourism

Zoofari Date Set

25 Apr , 2019  

For one special night of the year at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, adults can explore the park after dark while enjoying delicious food, signature cocktails and live music—all to benefit the Zoo’s conservation education programs.

Zoofari, a 48-year-old tradition and presented by Fifth Third Bank, will be held on June 15 from 7 PM to 1 PM. This signature, adults-only fundraising celebration is one of Central Ohio’s hottest summer parties, and proceeds from this party with a purpose benefit the Zoo’s conservation education programs. More…

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History/Tourism

History In Your Own Backyard Features Last Covered Bridge In Delaware County: Video

13 Apr , 2019  

A regional video database of historic attractions in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana recently had Delaware County in its sights.

According to its website, History in Your Own Backyard has as its mission a quest to, after locating interest pieces of history, “…document these structures and sites via digital video for the world to see first hand. I know that we can’t save every site but if enough people are aware of what we could possibly save, we can have a world rich in history for our great grandchildren to explore and enjoy.” More…

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History/Tourism

Nominations Open For Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites

11 Apr , 2019  

Preservation Ohio, the state’s original statewide historic preservation organization, is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites.

The annual List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites has been issued on either a biannual or annual basis since 1993. The list highlights historically significant Ohio properties that face a risky future due to demolition, disinvestment or indifference. More…

History/Tourism, Powell/Lewis Center

Retiring Police Chief To Speak At Powell Liberty Historical Society

3 Apr , 2019  

Powell Police Chief Gary Vest is retiring after 23 years of service to the Powell Police Department. He will reflect on the past two decades and share highlights during the next Powell Liberty Historical Society program at 7 PM on Monday, April 8 in the Municipal Building Council Chambers, 47 Hall Street. More…

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History/Tourism

Experience Columbus Looks Back At A Successful Year, Ahead To An Important Convention

1 Apr , 2019  

As a part of Greater Columbus, Delaware County is served not only by the Delaware County Convention and Visitors Bureau, but also by Experience Columbus. The latter recently celebrated recent successes, and also looked ahead to an extraordinary opportunity this summer to showcase the area. More…

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History/Tourism

Hayes Exhibit Worth A Trip From Delaware To Fremont

18 Mar , 2019  

As local historians know, the city of Delaware has a strong connection not only with native son Rutherford B. Hayes, but also with his wife, Lucy Webb Hayes.

An exhibition underway at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum in Fremont looks at one of both Hayes’ favorite topics – temperance. Artifacts on display include one from Lucy Hayes. More…

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History/Tourism, Life in Delaware County

Ohio—Champion Of Sport Exhibit Opens On Saturday

12 Mar , 2019  

On a regular basis, 1808Delaware highlights Columbus events and developments which provide unique opportunities for Delaware Countians.

One such event takes place over the next year and a half at the Ohio History Center on I71.

The Ohio History Connection will open a new exhibit all about sports on March 16 when Ohio–Champion of Sports begins its 18-month run at the state history museum. More…

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History/Tourism

Fighting For Freedom

11 Mar , 2019  

The next program from the Delaware County Historical Society will present a speaker focusing on African American contributions to the American Civil War. Entitled “Fighting for Freedom: The United States Colored Troops in the Civil War,” the evening will feature Anthony Gibbs, Local History Department Manager at the Ohio History Connection and traveling artist. More…

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History/Tourism

Bieber Mill Safe From Planned Road Work, Report Shares

28 Feb , 2019  

Lovers of Delaware County’s historic landmarks are undoubtedly happy that planned roadwork on State Route 315 by the Ohio Department of Transportation will not impact the location of the Bieber Mill along the Olentangy River. More…

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History/Tourism

Storytelling Taking Center Stage In Galena

17 Feb , 2019  

Tales from local and national history will be taking center stage on March 2 as the Sixth Annual “Days Gone By” Storytelling Event takes place in the Galena Village Hall.

From 1 to 3 PM, learn more about history through a special historical presentation highlighting one of our First Ladies – Dolley Madison – with a diorama created and presented by Patricia Swisher of Galena. More…

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History/Tourism

President Hayes Receives Posthumous Honor

15 Feb , 2019  

Delaware County native son and US President Rutherford B. Hayes has received an honor some 126 years after his death.

This week, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation announced the recipients of the 2019 “Great Ohioan Award.” The 2019 honorees were presented by the Capitol Square Foundation and unanimously approved by the CSRAB at the Board’s first meeting of 2019. More…

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