History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About : US36

22 Oct , 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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OWU

Delaware’s Union General

19 Oct , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

In Sunbury stands an equestrian statue of William Starke Rosecrans, a native of Delaware County who vaulted to success as a businessman, soldier, and very nearly one of the Civil War’s finest army commanders.

Arguably a single mistake in a single moment destroyed a great reputation, said Mark Grimsley, Ph.D., an associate professor of history at The Ohio State University.

“This destruction was made more complete, according to some, by a ruthless effort at character assassination by another native Ohioan, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who minimized Rosecrans’ successes and let no one forget his failures,” said Grimsley, who will discuss Rosecrans’ legacy when he presents Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2021 Richard W. Smith Lecture in Civil War History. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: State Route 257

12 Oct , 2021  

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

Historical Society Now Owns Former Jail And Sheriff’s Residence

10 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

A significant landmark of Delaware county and city history has a more certain future.

The sale of Delaware County’s historic Old Jail and Sheriff’s Residence has closed.

On Wednesday, October 6, the $350,000 sale from the Delaware County Land Reutilization Corporation to the Delaware County Historical Society was completed. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: The Father Of Hungarian Democracy

21 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We’re doing a bit of a “spin” today on one of our standard series.

We have highlighted stories of visits to Delaware County by important figures of literary, academic, artistic, and political history in a series we call “When Delaware County Welcomed.” Through those posts, we have looked back in time to consider all of the well-known individuals who have stopped in the city.

Of course, many of these visitors came to Delaware, both because of its larger population than other county communities and because of the presence of Ohio Wesleyan University. Occasionally, these guests would some from some distance.

One of the first major world political figures to visit Delaware arrived in the winter of 1852, visiting the city on a tour across the Midwest. Lajos Kossuth, also known as Louis Kossuth, was a Hungarian nobleman, lawyer, journalist, politician, statesman and Governor-President of the Kingdom of Hungary during the revolution of 1848–49. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Stephen Sharp House

12 Sep , 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

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: US Route 42

7 Sep , 2021  

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

Historical Society To Receive Award

7 Sep , 2021  

The Delaware County Historical Society was recently informed they will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA) in the category of History Outreach – Public Programming.’

The selected program, titled “Cultural Communities of Delaware County: Early Settlers and American Indians 1770-1850”is an entertaining and educational experience, geared for both school-age and adult audiences. Featuring costumed reenactors and produced by members of the Society’s Curriculum Support Committee, the program consists of eleven vignettes which illustrate the interactions between the Lenni Lenape (Delaware People) and early pioneers who settled Delaware County.

A narrator introduces us to historical experiences of early settlers and American Indians which are depicted through multi-media presentations incorporating re-enactment, art, dance, and music. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Houses: History Can Be Yours

31 Aug , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We don’t know about you, but we here at 1808Delaware are fond of occasional window-shopping… of houses. Delaware County is, of course, home to a rich variety of houses of all types, prices, and sizes. From time to time, almost all of them become available on the market for interested buyers.

That’s the basis for a series here on 1808Delaware called “Delaware County Houses.” With each post, we share a sampling of what is now on the market that fits a particular description. We have no connection with any property or realtor represented.

Today we are looking at “History Can Be Yours.” These period residential properties exude quality and character. Click on any to be taken to a listing site, where additional photos can be viewed. More…

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1808Delaware, History/Tourism

Nominate A Favorite Local Landmark

26 Aug , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We here at 1808Delaware are reaching out to our readers with a request.

Over the last year, we have presented information on 14 buildings and other iconic pieces of local history in our “Landmarks of Delaware County” series. Those posts can be found and 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!

History/Tourism

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

24 Aug , 2021  

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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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Felkner-Anderson House

20 Jul , 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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