History/Tourism

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…

, ,

History/Tourism

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…

, , ,

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…

, , , ,

History/Tourism

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…

, , ,

History/Tourism

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

7 Jul , 2019  

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…

, ,

History/Tourism

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…

, ,

History/Tourism

Hayes Exhibit Worth A Trip From Delaware To Fremont

18 Mar , 2019  

As local historians know, the city of Delaware has a strong connection not only with native son Rutherford B. Hayes, but also with his wife, Lucy Webb Hayes.

An exhibition underway at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum in Fremont looks at one of both Hayes’ favorite topics – temperance. Artifacts on display include one from Lucy Hayes. More…

, , ,

History/Tourism, Life in Delaware County

Holiday Home Tour Celebrates History

5 Dec , 2018  

The Northwest Neighborhood of Delaware, several square blocks of wonderful nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture, will be hosting its biennial Holiday Home Tour this weekend.

The 2018 edition will occur on Saturday, December 8 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. More…

, , ,

Life in Delaware County

Take A Video Ghost Tour Of Delaware

31 Oct , 2018  

As a Halloween treat, we share a link to an episode which aired on WOSU back in October of 2017. In it, Local historian Jeff Darbee tours the Northwest Neighborhood of Delaware with one of the guides from their annual ghost walk to talk about history and haunted tales.

Enjoy!

Watch the video here.

,