Delaware Roots: Senator Preston B. Plumb

29 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

We introduce a new series today on 1808Delaware, Delaware Roots.

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.

We begin with 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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Life in Delaware County

The Strange Case Of The Disappearing Radnor Pastor

14 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

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 a little over 100 years ago, the pastor of a church in Radnor set off for a trip to Delaware for some car repair. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Announces $4 Million Renovation Project For Branch Rickey Arena

14 Apr , 2020  

On Monday, Ohio Wesleyan University announced a $4 million project to fully renovate Branch Rickey Arena, home of the Battling Bishop wrestling, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The six-month project, beginning this week, will improve the 44-year-old arena with new flooring, bleachers, scoreboards with statistics panels, lights, sound system, air conditioning, and more. The project is fully funded with contributions from alumni, parents, and friends, including lead gifts from 1955 OWU graduate and life trustee Douglas H. Dittrick, a pioneer in the cable television industry, and from First Commonwealth Bank. More…

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History In Your Own Backyard Features Last Covered Bridge In Delaware County: Video

12 Apr , 2020  

A regional video database of historic attractions in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana recently had Delaware County in its sights.

According to its website, History in Your Own Backyard has as its mission a quest to, after locating interest pieces of history, “…document these structures and sites via digital video for the world to see first hand. I know that we can’t save every site but if enough people are aware of what we could possibly save, we can have a world rich in history for our great grandchildren to explore and enjoy.” More…


Vignettes To Tell Story Of The Underground Railroad In Delaware County

20 Feb , 2020  

The next public program of the Delaware County Historical Society, “Voices of the Underground Railroad,” will present a poignant look at the way that escaping slaves impacted Delaware County in the years before the Civil War.

On Sunday, March 1 at 1:30 PM, the Curriculum Support Committee of the Society will present this a series of 10 vignettes about local people who were involved in the activities of the Underground Railroad in and around Delaware County during the era prior to the Civil War. More…

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1808Delaware, History/Tourism

Nominate A Favorite Local Landmark

8 Jan , 2020  

As 2020 begins, we here at 1808Delaware are reaching out to our readers with a request.

Our sister site, 1812Blockhouse,  has shared details about pieces of local history that dot Richland County throughout the last 3 2/ years. Through our Landmarks of Mansfield series and our Landmarks of Richland series, we have presented research on over 40 buildings, monuments, and downtowns. More…


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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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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Join Around The Campfire And Relive Ohio’s Past

27 Sep , 2019  

This weekend, experience an ‘Ohio Frontier Encampment’ courtesy of the Powell-Liberty Historical Society.

For the second year in a row, R.J. Basista, professional reenactor, will set up an encampment on the Martin Perry House yard. R.J. will be on the grounds on Friday evening for campfire activities, and on Saturday for a whole day of exploring our past from the Revolutionary War, into the Ohio frontier and beyond. More…

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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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Tour The Town: Updated

26 Jul , 2019  

UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – There’s a different kind of “parade of homes” taking place soon in Delaware County. Unlike the just-built variety at Evans Farm, this one showcases structures with a few more years under their belts.

The Delaware County Historical Society is hosting the Historic Stratford Mill Town Tour on Sunday, August 11 from 2 PM to 5 PM in the vicinity of the Stratford Road/US 23 intersection. More…

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