Landmarks Of Delaware County: Templar Hall

25 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

To celebrate Memorial Day here at 1808Delaware, we’re sharing another post in our Landmarks of Delaware County series. Our first two posts can be accessed here.

There are few buildings in central Ohio as connected with regional and national history as that at 17-19 North Sandusky Street in downtown Delaware. This spring and summer, the structure is reconnecting with its past in a very visual manner.

It is believed that the three story Templar Hall was constructed about 1853 or shortly thereafter. It was certainly standing on June 6, 1856, when it was the scene for the first visit and speech of noted national political and social leader Frederick Douglass in Delaware (see more about that visit here). More…

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Invite President And Mrs. Hayes In For A Visit

6 Apr , 2020  

Here’s an idea for some family-friendly fun and education during the time when Delaware Countians are heeding calls to stay at home.

What better time is there to get to know Delaware County’s best-known native son just a bit better?

That is the opportunity this month during the closure of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums in Fremont. While the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is shut down for the health and safety of all during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is offering online activities patrons can do. More…

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Hey, I Saw Your House In A Catalog: Sears Houses In Delaware

21 Mar , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: Realizing that many Delaware Countians are now working from home or forced to remain there due to self-quarantining or reduced travel, we are sharing stories from our archives, and adding some new ones, over the next few weeks in what we hope will be occasional diversions from coronavirus worries. This post was published by 1808Delaware last July.

If you live in Delaware, there’s a good chance that you might live near a residence that was bought out of a book.

A Sears catalog, to be exact.

According to Wikipedia, Sears Catalog Homes (sold under the Sears Modern Homes name) were catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company, an American retailer. More…



Delaware On The Map: The Beginning

9 Mar , 2020  

This spring, we begin a new series, “Delaware On The Map,” which looks at how local history is revealed on maps — maps of the area, county, and nation.

Students of local lore will know that the city of Delaware had its origins in 1804 when Moses Byxbe came to central Ohio from Massachusetts. Four years later, he laid out a town on the east, then the west bank of the Olentangy River. More…

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An Ohio President In Ohio Magazine

28 Feb , 2020  

Delawareans are proud of the city’s connection to the 19th President of the United States, a fact which is clearly evident by reading a story on downtown’s newest statue in the current edition of Ohio Magazine.

The article by Linda Feagler, entitled “Rutherford B. Hayes Statue, Delaware,” is accompanied by a now familiar view of the new art work honoring the city’s most famous native son. It can be read here. More…

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Rutherford B. Hayes And The Christmas Telegram

25 Dec , 2019  

We’re starting a new holiday tradition here at 1808Delaware by sharing a Christmas story about Delaware’s best-known native.

Earlier this year, hundreds joined on the streets of downtown Delaware as a statute of President Rutherford B. Hayes was unveiled at the southwest corner of Sandusky and William Streets, a stone’s throw from the site of his birth. Throughout the year, much has been written about Hayes as the community came together to honor his legacy. More…

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A Look Back: Delaware Celebrates The Original Veterans Day

11 Nov , 2019  

Before the name was changed to “Veterans Day,” it was known as “Armistice Day” in recognition of the armistice agreement that ended World War I. Major hostilities in that conflict ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

It was a day that was celebrated up and down the streets of Delaware. More…

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Courthouse Views

6 Oct , 2019  

On the way to the unveiling of the President Rutherford B. Hayes statue, we took a stop to see progress on the Historic Delaware County Courthouse. It was a beautiful, clear, crisp evening and, of course, restoration work had halted for the weekend.

We’re pleased to share a few of those photos with you today. More…

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Society, City Celebrate Legacy of Delaware Native EWB Curry

6 Oct , 2019  

The Delaware County Historical Society is joining the City of Delaware in commemorating the life of a native son.

On October 9, the City will unveil two honorary street signs which will commemorate the life and work of Elmer Washington Bryant Curry (1871-1930), who was the first African American teacher in Delaware and founder of the Curry Institute. More…

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History/Tourism, Life in Delaware County

Hayes Statue Unveiled; Delaware Celebrates

5 Oct , 2019  

Perhaps it was the cooler weather, or maybe it was the scene of fire engines and equipment lining two blocks of Sandusky Street. Or, just as likely, it was the opportunity to watch history take place before one’s own eyes. Whatever the reason, a very large crowd filled downtown Delaware on Friday night for the October First Friday.

The event was marked by the official unveiling of a new statue of native son President Rutherford B. Hayes, one which, speakers noted often, looks in the direction of the site of his birthplace on East William Street. Fittingly, it took place on Hayes’ 197th birthday. More…

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Little Brown Jug Memories Featured At Historical Society Program

11 Sep , 2019  

Two presenters, Roger Huston, the long-time announcer, and Jay Wolf, unofficial historian of the Little Brown Jug harness race, will be featured at the next community program offered by the Delaware County Historical Society. Following their comments, audience members will be asked to share their own stories about the race which will be recorded as part of the Little Brown Jug Oral History Project, a digital archive for capturing and sharing local community history. More…

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Frederick Douglass Returns To Delaware

13 Jun , 2019  

Frederick Douglass was a runaway slave, but also a self-educated man, author, noted speaker, activist in civil and human rights, and the first black man to hold high office in the US government. During his lifetime he spoke in Delaware, Ohio several times: in 1856 at Templar Hall (Kern Building), in 1867 at William Street United Methodist Church, and in 1870 at the Delaware Opera House. On May 10, 2008, Civil War Remembrance Day, a historical plaque was placed at 17 N. Sandusky St. to commemorate his 1856 appearance.

On Thursday, June 20 at 7 PM, the Delaware County Historical Society will present a community program at William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William Street. More…

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