History/Tourism

Learn About Delaware County’s Last Covered Bridge

2 Jan , 2020  

Take a guided mental journey to the past later this month, after which you can follow by traveling to visit the actual site.

Noted speaker David Simmons, President of the Ohio Historic Bridge Association and Senior Editor of TIMELINE Magazine of the Ohio History Connection (formerly known as the Ohio Historical Society), will be presenting a talk about Delaware County’s last authentic covered bridge, the Chambers Road Covered Bridge on Chambers Road. More…

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History/Tourism

Holiday Open House To Highlight Past Residents Of The Nash House

29 Nov , 2019  

The Delaware County Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7 from 2 to 5 PM and on Sunday, December 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Nash House Museum, 157 E. William St. in Delaware.  The 1878 brick Italianate-style house will be decorated in traditional Victorian style and will feature toys and other Christmas gifts dating from 1880-1900.  Refreshments will be served. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Step Back Into Christmas Past

25 Nov , 2019  

Take a trip to Christmas past this December with a visit to the Victorian Christmas Open House, to be held at Delaware’s historic Nash House and presented by the Delaware County Historical Society.

Enjoy the splendor of festive seasonal decorations throughout the house, and view the elegant furnishings of a local house built in the 1870s. The decor and art from the 1880s and early 1900s are not to be missed. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Historical Society To Hold Annual Meeting

5 Nov , 2019  

The Delaware County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on November 13 at 7:00 PM at the Barn at Stratford (2690 Stratford Road, Delaware).

The program portion of the meeting, which is free and open to the public, will feature guest speaker Tom Burns, portraying Hiram M. Perkins (1833 – 1924), who was an Ohio Wesleyan University professor of Mathematics and Astronomy. Perkins and his family donated most of the funds to build Perkins Observatory located on US Route 23, just south of the city of Delaware. Burns will talk about the life of Perkins and the early history of the observatory. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society conducts Old Jail Tour

2 Nov , 2019  

On Saturday, October 26, the Delaware County Historical Society held its 3rd annual guided tour of the old Delaware County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence in Delaware, located at 20 W. Central Ave. Despite the rain, over 100 people gathered to learn about the history of this iconic historic jail, which housed prisoners from 1878 to 1988. Historical Society volunteers, Brent Carson and Dave Hejmanowski, conducted the tour, and invited visitors to walk through the building, including the cellblocks. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Walk Into History

3 Oct , 2019  

For the third year in a row, history will come alive in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

On Sunday, October 13, the Delaware County Historical Society will host the Cemetery Walk, in which actors will portray eight prominent Delawareans who are buried there. More…

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History/Tourism

Little Brown Jug Memories Featured At Historical Society Program

11 Sep , 2019  

Two presenters, Roger Huston, the long-time announcer, and Jay Wolf, unofficial historian of the Little Brown Jug harness race, will be featured at the next community program offered by the Delaware County Historical Society. Following their comments, audience members will be asked to share their own stories about the race which will be recorded as part of the Little Brown Jug Oral History Project, a digital archive for capturing and sharing local community history. More…

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History/Tourism

New Exhibits At Meeker Homestead Museum

6 Sep , 2019  

What we now know as the present-day village of Stratford, near US 23 and SR 315 south of Delaware, was settled in 1807 by John Beard and was the site of early pioneer mills in Delaware County.

The exhibit “Stratford a Mill Town” explains how the town grew from 1807 through 1902 along the banks of the Whetstone (Olentangy) River, which provided power for these mills which produced grain, wool, and paper. 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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Life in Delaware County

Hey, Young Adults: Can You Dig It?

9 Jun , 2019  

The Delaware County Historical Society has announced its second summer camp of 2019.

Following its successful summer camp experience earlier this month looking at history through the lens of cemeteries, the Society is offering kids the opportunity to indulge in a bit of local archaeology.

Those aged 8 through 14 are invited to “Can You Dig It? Adventures in Archaeology” to be held the week of July 29 from Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Historical Society Receives Grant For Barn Restoration

7 Jun , 2019  

The Delaware County Historical Society recently completed the first phase of a restoration project at The Barn at Stratford and received a grant from the State of Ohio’s Facilities Construction Commission for $250,000 which covered most of the expenses. Funding was approved by the state legislature as part of the 2018-2019 budget. 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

Historical Society Receives Grant To Assist In Preserving County History

3 Feb , 2019  

Over 70 years, the Delaware County Historical Society has amassed more than a terabyte of digital photographs, videos, audio histories, and object descriptions.  These files are made available to the public through the organization’s website and are often used for research and education.

Much of the material is irreplaceable, and if lost would leaving a gaping hole in the local collective histories. In order to reliably protect the files and make them available to the public, the Society needs a large amount of data storage and an efficient back up system. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society Announces 2019 Event Lineup

15 Jan , 2019  

One thing’s for certain: there’s something for just about everyone during the coming year who loves local history. The Delaware County Historical Society recently announced in 2019 event schedule on its website. It includes: More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society To Feature Speaker On American-Native American Relations

12 Jan , 2019  

In its initial offering of 2019, the Delaware County Historical Society will offer a look into the history of American-Native American relations.

Starting at 7 PM on Thurdsay, January 17, the presentation will be made by Stacey Halfmoon, Director of American Indian Relations with the Ohio History Connection. More…

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