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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History/Tourism

The Curious Case Of The Caged Convict: A Scene From Delaware History

8 May , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

There are hints of Hugo’s Les Miserables in the tale of one Andy Ehman, a man on the run who made Delaware his adopted home 134 years ago.

Actually, it sounds like the stuff of a good movie script – petty crimes, severe penalties, assumed identities, even bigamy.

Ehman was at one point a resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the time an industrial center in the southern part of the state. In 1879, he was convicted of burglary and sentenced to four years in prison.

In May of 1882, Andy Ehman saw a chance to escape along with 11 of his fellow inmates — even though only a few months remained in his sentence. At high noon, in full view of everyone, they scaled the prison wall and scattered to the wind. Pursuit began, and in the days and weeks that followed, the other 11 were captured. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society To Host Program On South Delaware

4 May , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

On Tuesday, May 17, the Delaware County Historical Society will present a program on the history of the southern area of the city of Delaware.

Titled “South Delaware – The First 135 Years”, this free program will explore the development and transformation of this area in the city of Delaware. It will cover the area bordered by William Street, London Road, Sandusky Street, and Liberty Street.

This program will be presented by Delaware County Historical Society volunteer, Watson Walker Jr. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a master’s degree in Guidance & Counseling, and was a longtime educator, counselor and administrator at Columbus State Community College. He chairs the Historical Society’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee. He has written numerous books on African Americans and will share his research about notable residents, businesses, schools and churches of this area. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Hotel Blee

8 Apr , 2022  

By: 1808Delaware

The three story building sits prominently on the southwest corner of Union and Winter Streets, just as it has since 1890.

The Hotel Blee may have had a troubled beginning, but it continues to provide residential space 130 years later — albeit of a more long-term variety.

The sturdy brick structure at 42-46 East Winter Street was built as a hotel to replace a frame structure on the site, but that purpose didn’t last long. While it is not known who built the building, it is known that a railroad conductor was either involved or purchased the property very shortly after construction. 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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Delaware

Delaware Landmark Sells For $100K

15 Mar , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

When all was said and done, the intense interest in the former Sunny Vee Nursing Home structure at 54 West Lincoln in Delaware ended with a Columbus couple purchasing the local landmark property.

The three story brick building, built circa 1870 as a private residence, later became a OWU fraternity house and a senior citizen residence. It has sat vacant since 2008, with rumors of water running down interior walls and possible animal intrusions.

Analyses performed prior to sale noted the presence of asbestos in the building, which must be abated prior to renovation.

At Tuesday morning’s auction there were 29 registered bidders, highlighting the strong local and regional interest in the house. More…

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History/Tourism

Historic Landmark In Delaware Coming Up For Sheriff’s Sale

2 Mar , 2022  

By 1808Delaware, Delaware County

A key historic resource in Delaware’s traditional Northwest Neighborhood is coming up for sale later this month.

The former Sunny Vee Nursing Home at 54 W. Lincoln Ave. will be part of the Delaware County Auditor’s Forfeited Land Sale on Tuesday, March 15, at 10 AM. The auction will take place in the first-floor lobby of the Hayes Administration Building at 145 N. Union St. in Delaware.

This sprawling, three-story Italianate structure dates from the 1870s when it was built as a private home by Velorus Todd Hills, manager of a wholesale grocery company. It sits across the street from Asbury United Methodist Church and in the midst of a neighborhood populated with large, nineteenth century single-family homes.

In 1915, the building became home to an Ohio Wesleyan University fraternity, as several large residences in Delaware once were before the university built on-campus fraternity houses. From 1963 until 2008, the building served as a nursing home under two different owners. It has been vacant for the last 13 years and has accrued more than $150,000 in unpaid property taxes. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Mrs. Murray’s School

24 Feb , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The number of buildings in Delaware which still stand and which have a direct connection to favorite son President Rutherford B. Hayes are few in number.

President Hayes’ family lived in two separate houses along William Street during his childhood. Both have been demolished. That fact makes surviving tangible built reminders of his past worth remembering.

The Mrs. Murray’s School and Orphanage along East Franklin Street is one such building. Built in 1821 as a private institution by Sophia Moore, one of its front rooms was a school where young Rutherford Hayes was educated as was his sister Fanny. It is also the oldest residence inside the current Delaware corporation limits standing on its original site. More…

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History/Tourism

When Delaware County Welcomed: The Fisk Jubilee Singers

15 Feb , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Did you know that Delaware is one of the places where American musical history was made?

In fact, it was made over 150 years ago, in November 1871.

That month a concert took place in Delaware featuring a group of singers from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. That institution of learning, founded a few years previously to provide African American students with the best education possible, was struggling in the post-War south and faced bankruptcy. The idea was advanced by Fisk’s treasurer to have a number of students form a choir which would travel to raise funds for the college. More…

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History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware County: OWU Student Observatory

10 Feb , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

In 1896, the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University welcomed a substantial new addition — a wonderful observatory constructed, according to a college catalogue of the time, “…after the most approved modern ideas.”

The building was the idea of noted OWU Professor Hiram Mills Perkins, himself an institution and one of the foremost academic astronomers of this day. He was so esteemed as Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy that the building was soon referred to as Perkins Observatory.

Perkins taught at OWU from 1873 to 1907. You can read more about Perkins here. More…

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