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.

Tickets must be purchased in advance on Eventbrite, and space is limited. Tickets are $10 for adult members and $15 for nonmembers, $10 for children ages 8 to 18, free for children under 8.

Parking is available in the parking lots beside Selby Stadium or Sandusky Street near campus. In case of rain the reenactors will give one program in The Barn at Stratford, 2690 Stratford Road, Delaware, with photos of historic and current Delaware. Time will be determined if the rain location is needed.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the walking tour, please visit Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/young-and-old-rutherford-b-hayes-walking-tour-tickets-172893598407

or delawareohiohistory.org or call 740-369-3831 (ext 3). There will be a small fee charged by Eventbrite.

The Delaware County Historical Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, preserve and sustain interest in the history of Delaware County. The Barn at Stratford is operated by the Delaware County Historical Society as an event venue for weddings, corporate meetings, and other special occasions. To learn more, visit the venue and society websites at barnatstratford.org and delawareohiohistory.org.

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