History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About : US36

11 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s another in our series of posts sharing details and little known information about things that Delaware Countians know and see every day.

Today, we look at US Highway 36, a 1,414 mile (that’s 2,276 kilometers) highway that stretches from Ohio to Colorado, and right through Delaware County.

During its route, both in Ohio and across the US, the highway includes two lane and expressway sections as it goes through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. It intersects with interstate highways 16 times, some more than once, and actually joins those highways at various points.

Along its way, US36 bypasses many of the larger cities and metropolitan areas, and instead travels through many county seat towns. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society To Present Program On The Columbus Zoo

6 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Historical Society will host a free virtual program titled “The History of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium” on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 PM. The program will be on Zoom and Facebook Live with registration on Eventbrite.

From its humble beginnings in 1927 as a shelter for a few reindeer to more than 10,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact, annually contributing more than $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide.

This program will be presented by Dr. Michael Kreger, Vice President of Conservation and Sustainability at the Columbus Zoo. He will talk about where the Columbus Zoo has been and its progressive march to gaining an international reputation for excellence in animal care, conservation, and education. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Diadatus Keeler House

30 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

History records that Diadutus James Keeler, in addition to having a unique name, was an “enterprising man.”

Such a claim is borne out by the fact that after arriving from Vermont in 1819, he became an important farmer in Genoa Township and a recognized breeder of sheep and hogs.

Specifically, those would be fine-wooled sheep and China and Berkshire breeds of hogs.

Keeler was also one of the original elders of the Genoa Presbyterian Church More…

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Life in Delaware County

Statewide Organization Seeks To Highlight Endangered Historic Sites

28 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Preservation Ohio has issued its annual Call for Nominations for its list of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites.

Each year, the statewide organization searches for houses, commercial buildings, governmental structures, bridges, historic roadways, landscapes, downtowns, neighborhoods and other important pieces of Ohio history that face a potentially risky future. The list serves to highlight those properties which are both historically significant and endangered — whether it be by threats of demolition, long-term disinvestment or neglect, insensitive governmental action, uncertainty or indifference. Nominations for this important list have come from individuals, preservation organizations, downtown and neighborhood revitalization organizations, historical societies, historic road associations, local governments and other entities. More…

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History/Tourism

Take The Ohio Presidential Trail

25 Mar , 2021  

As a county with a “Presidential past,” many Delaware Countians are lovers of American history. And while no local stops are a part of the new Ohio Presidential Trail (although we wonder if the new Hayes status is deserving) , native son Rutherford B. Hayes is certainly represented.

TourismOhio, in partnership with the Ohio History Connection, has launched the Ohio Presidential Trail which can be accessed here.  The 17-stop trail invites travelers to find history here in Ohio by highlighting homes, libraries, museums and monuments that tell the life stories of eight U.S. presidents elected from Ohio.Four of those stops have been added in the last two years. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: John Cook House, Harlem Township

24 Mar , 2021  

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

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Samuel Sharp House

17 Mar , 2021  

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

Society Looking At Pioneers And Early Native Population

13 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Later this month, the Delaware County Historical Society will host a free virtual program titled “Cultural Communities: Early Settlers and American Indians.”

Covering the years between 1770 and 1850, the program will take place on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 PM. Attendees will see eleven local reenactors who will bring Delaware County history to life as they tell their stories gathered from primary resources.

Hear the recollections of William Little, Laura Carpenter, Rev. James Finley, Mrs. Moses Byxbe, and Benjamin Franklin Thomas. You will also hear the story of Africa Ohio, Drake’s Defeat, and see some examples of American Indian games.  Viewers will also see a dance inspired by the traditions of the Lenni Lenape, as well as see artifacts from the period. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Stephen Sharp House

6 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

With a setting on important routes heading to Lake Erie and freedom from Columbus, and with its known abolitionist leanings, Delaware County was on an important location for the Underground Railroad.

Many travelling along that fabled route found themselves along what is now Africa Road, which ran between Westerville and Africa.

An Ohio historic marker recounts how the settlement and the road got their names: “Samuel Patterson arrived in East Orange in 1824 and, within a few years, began to hide runaway slaves in his home. He also invited anti-slavery speakers to the pulpit of the East Orange Methodist Church, which brought Patterson and his neighbors into conflict with the bishop. Following their consciences, they became the Wesleyan Methodists and built a new church. A pro-slavery neighbor mocked them by calling their community Africa, and so East Orange was renamed. The village has disappeared but several homes owned by Patterson and his neighbors still stand in this vicinity.” More…

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History/Tourism

Delaware On The Map: County Boundaries Take Shape, Change

25 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Through our “Delaware On The Map” series, we share posts looking at the history of Delaware County as that history is revealed on maps – maps of the area, county, and nation.

The initial post in the series can be read here.

The first fifty years of Ohio statehood saw the creation of counties and establishment of county boundaries – and then a re-shuffling of those boundaries, often by taking property from one and adding it to another or to an entirely new county. All of the above happened here. More…

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Life in Delaware County

The Strange Case Of The Disappearing Radnor Pastor

22 Feb , 2021  

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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Landmarks, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Sanborn Hall

22 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The location of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Sanborn Hall hearkens back to a key part of the university’s history.

It stands on Elizabeth Street on the Monnett Hall campus, an area named for the former Monnett Hall which stood near it. That building was constructed in 1857 to house the Ohio Wesleyan Female College, and for most of its life served as a women’s dormitory before its demolition in 1978.

That area seemed ideal to OWU Trustees when they received a generous gift from an alumna earmarked for a new music building. More…

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