History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Felkner-Anderson House

12 Jan , 2021  

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

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Limestone Vale

18 Dec , 2020  

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

Society Program Looks At Evolution Of Military Gear

10 Dec , 2020  

Military Equipment Connections Between Wars,” is the topic for Big Walnut Area Historical Society’s December Program. Richard Doritty will present the evolution of the infantryman’s equipment from WWI to the present.

The program is available for free public viewing at this location online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isJsUI_Q0cQ

Doritty was born in Erie, Pa in 1941, graduated from Erie Technical High School in 1959, entered the Air Force in 1960 where he served with the 60th Fighter Interceptor Squadron as an electrician until January 1964. He came to Columbus to work for Western Electric. He attended Ohio Technical Institute where he earned an Associate Degree in Electronic Technology. In 1967 Dick married Sharon and moved to Sunbury. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: State Route 257

3 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

At only 26.19 miles in length, it is one of the shorter state highways in Ohio. That said, there are few which are more scenic.

Starting at a roundabout in Dublin, Ohio State Route 257 is, for much of its length, closely tied to the Scioto River. With a southern terminus at a roundabout where US 33 and State Route 161 intersect, the highway travels through Franklin, Delaware, and Marion Counties, ending at State Route 47 just west of Prospect.

In six years, State Route 257 will be celebrating its centennial. Originally, the highway included only the portion which travels northward from Dublin along the east side of the Scioto; it was then expanded beginning in 1935. More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: US Route 42

17 Nov , 2020  

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: John Cook House, Harlem Township

14 Nov , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

The house on Gorsuch Road is very much part of Delaware County history, as the location on which it sits has a 210 year-plus history.

The John Cook House was the home of John and Helen Tompkins Cook; John was a farmer who also dabbled in raising livestock. When he constructed the house in 1863, doing much of the carpentry himself, he was doing so on land owned by his family since the first decade of the 19th century.

John’s parents, Benajah and Cassandra Cook, came to Ohio after buying 4,000 acres of farmland for the princely sum of $1,700 (something tells us Harlem Township land goes for a bit more today). They were the first settlers from the east to settle here. More…

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History/Tourism

Delaware Roots: Senator Preston B. Plumb

14 Oct , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

Over the last two centuries, Delaware County has produced a remarkable set of individuals who have led lives of discovery. This series will reveal short insights into the lives of the well-known and less commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history.

One such person was a trailblazing newspaper entrepreneur who was both a Delaware County native and who served as a United States Senator, a man with the name of Preston B. Plumb. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Samuel Sharp House

13 Sep , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

A bit of the old south may yet survive in, of all places, the northern reaches of Delaware County.

The beautiful Samuel Sharp House at 7436 Horseshoe Road, west of Ashley, is uniquely connected to the American Civil War. It was constructed about 1867 by Samuel and Lorinda Sharp, who had married 13 years earlier.

Samuel Sharp was the son of the well-known William Sharp, known locally as the “greatest bee-hunter” in Marlboro (then Marlborough) Township. The Sharps had several children whose given names, with the exception of one child, all began with the letter “L” — Laura, Landon, Lettie, Leslie, Lawrence, and…. Mary. More…

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History/Tourism

Oral History Project Celebrates 75th Running Of Little Brown Jug

12 Sep , 2020  

Over the last year, volunteers at the Delaware County Historical Society have been working on an Oral History Project to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the running of the Little Brown Jug Harness Race.

Hundreds of hours were spent interviewing people associated with the race and compiling a series of videos available on our website – www.DelawareOhioHistory.org. Excerpts from these interviews will be broadcast on WDLR Radio during morning and afternoon segments on the five days of racing at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association will also be broadcasting the race and using portions of the interviews during their broadcast. Leading this effort for the Society is Dr. Richard Leavy and Karen Cowan. More…

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Life in Delaware County

The Strange Case Of The Disappearing Radnor Pastor

9 Sep , 2020  

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. More…

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History/Tourism

Solving A 160 Year Old Mystery: Two Remarkable Delaware Countians

6 Sep , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

On Thursday, we shared a photo of a unidentified Civil War officer taken in Delaware over a century and a half ago, and told of our quest to identify the sitter for this portrait. That post can be read, and the photo can be seen, here.

As we stated in that story, the reverse of vintage photos can also provide clues to identification. As a reminder, the reverse of the photograph has the following information:

PHOTOGRAPHED BY
W.H. FURBISH
Over Lindsay’s Bookstore,
Delaware, Ohio

In this case, those details do help to pinpoint the date that the portrait was taken. What was unexpected, however, was that it also led us to the stories of two men who had remarkable life stories, and who, at least for a time, called Delaware home. More…

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History/Tourism

Who Was This Delaware Man? Solving A 160 Year Old Mystery

3 Sep , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Today we begin a two part series here on 1808Delaware, one which will set out to solve a question that arose recently but which involves a question over a century and a half old – who was this man?

The figure of a soldier peers out of a photograph which recently came into our possession. As with many portraits of that era, there is no writing on the photo’s front or reverse that reveals the identity of the sitter. There are clues, however — clues that, as we did research for this story, brought us face-to-face with two intriguing figures in Delaware County history whose very interesting stories you likely do not know. More…

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