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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History/Tourism

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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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!

Life in Delaware County

The Strange Case Of The Disappearing Radnor Pastor

28 Apr , 2022  

By: 1808Delaware

Updated with newly-found information

Newspaper accounts from yesteryear can sometimes reveal the most unusual stories, providing that — if the reporter got the facts right — that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction.

We’re looking into a bit of Delaware County history today on 1808Delaware which we doubt you have heard before.

On a weekday morning in 1919, the pastor of a church in Radnor set off for a trip to Delaware for some car repair.

He and his wife had been in Delaware County for just a year or so, having moved here from a small town in Allen County. After he failed to return, his wife panicked, particularly after she was unable to locate him anywhere in Delaware. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Norman Dewey Perry House

25 Apr , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The life of Norman Dewey Perry was anything but conventional.

We know this chiefly because of a lengthy autobiography he wrote near the end of his life. Another hint at his life is this quote from his obituary, ““While Norman Dewey Perry did not register success, as some men measure it, by the accumulation of great wealth, he builded for himself an honorable character and all through his life drew to himself the respect, confidence and good will of his fellowmen.”

Norman, a close relative of famed naval hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, was born in Connecticut in 1813. His youth was spent there, after which he began a series of moves that resulted in his introduction into the milling and paper production industry – first in Canada, then Michigan, West Virginia, Zanesville, and in July 1839 accepting a position near Delaware where a new mill was being constructed.

From that time on, Perry became affiliated with and eventually operated and owned a mill in the Stratford area, at one point partnering with noted Delaware businessman Hiram G. Andrews. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Felkner-Anderson House

16 Apr , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

They are called “I Houses,” and while Delaware County has several of them there is reputedly only one located in Scioto Township.

The house at 9716 Fontanelle Road dates from 1858, and was built by William Hall Felkner, replacing a log home dating from twenty years earlier built by his father Jacob. The Felkners were early settlers in western Delaware County, coming from Tennessee.

The phrase “I House” is not an official term, but it is a widely accepted way to describe houses from the early to mid 19th century across the Midwest and South that follow a particular pattern. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware Welcomed: Abraham Lincoln

6 Apr , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln was in Delaware during his lifetime?

Local historians are already aware that Lincoln’s funeral train came through Delaware County on the morning of April 29, 1865, passing through Ashley, Delaware, and Lewis Center.

It was noted at the time by news correspondents that when the train reached Ashley at 5:43 AM: “ Groups of people are clustered about the depot and the green lots surrounding. The men are all uncovered, and the women look, in deep sympathy as we speed onward.” More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Fort Morrow

29 Mar , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The name lives on in various ways.

Take, for instance, the Fort Morrow Fire District, whose 81 acres of coverage includes the village of Waldo.

Yes, we know that is not in the current Delaware County. That said, the area where the original Fort Morrow was constructed is now a bucolic landscape, while two hundred-plus years ago, it was a very busy place. It was originally located in Marlborough Township, Delaware County, which at the time was a relatively quiet part of the Ohio frontier. The area was transferred to Marion County in 1848.

Things changed with the War of 1812 and the need to move troops from places south up what became known as the Harrison Military Road, named after then General and later US President William Henry Harrison. Today the route largely follows US23 and SR423. More…

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History/Tourism

Strike Up The Music: Delaware Brass Bands Of The Nineteenth Century

18 Mar , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Looking back at the annals of history, we can be certain of one thing.

The national passion for brass band music in the nineteenth century was felt here in Delaware County as well. As early as the 1850s, in fact, Delaware was home to a musical ensemble composed solely of brass instruments.

In a piece entitled “The American Brass Band Movement” on the website of the Library of Congress, it shares, “The early 1850s saw the brief flowering of a brilliant style of brass band music that constitutes an important but insufficiently explored part of our musical past.1 The cornets and saxhorns that made up the all-brass bands of the 1850s and remained a popular, though decreasingly prominent, feature of American wind bands through the nineteenth century were capable of producing, in the hands of good players, music of great charm and style.” More…

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