Rutherford And Lucy’s Thanksgivings

26 Nov , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Delaware native President Rutherford B. Hayes and Lucy Hayes were certainly no strangers to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Originally, Thanksgiving Day commemorations were declared on a state-by-state basis, and so varied from date to date and from one year to another. Even though President James K. Polk hosted the first such dinner at the White House, it was during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln that a national celebration was established, the President declaring in October the last Thursday in November to be that date.

The Hayes’ first Thanksgiving in the White House was celebrated on November 29, 1877. More…

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Delaware, History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Delaware Post Office Building

24 Nov , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

The early decades of the 20th century saw public buildings built across the country, each making a statement about the importance of institutions housed inside their walls.

And, as a bustling city with a population nearing 9,000 inhabitants, a county seat as well as the location for a prominent liberal arts college, Delaware was exactly the kind of place where those investments were being made.

Over 100 years later, the city and the college are both benefiting from the erection of a classically-designed building that has stood the test of time. More…



Historic Delaware House Available Via Auction

30 Oct , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

A historic Delaware house is undergoing a foreclosure auction, providing the possibility of obtaining a unique piece of local heritage.

According to the website OhioForeclosures.com, the brick Italianate house at 249 North Sandusky Street is undergoing an online foreclosure auction ending on November 17. The current bid is $1,000, which has not met the reserve price.

A number of conditions apply, all of which can be read on the auction site. More…


Life in Delaware County

Take A Video Ghost Tour Of Delaware

15 Oct , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

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.


Watch the video here.

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay



President Hayes Turns One

6 Oct , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Well, not really… it’s the statue of President Rutherford B. Hayes that became one year old on Sunday.

It was on Friday evening, December 4, 2019 that hundreds of onlookers crowded closely together on South Sandusky Street in downtown Delaware — a scene which would certainly not happen in the ear of COVID-19 — and celebrated the unveiling of the city’s statuary tribute to its best-known native son.

We thought that we’d take a look back at that event today on 1808Delaware, including photos we took that evening. Our coverage can be accessed below. More…

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Take A Walk Back In Time

30 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

For the fourth year in a row, history will come alive in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

On Sunday, October 11, the Delaware County Historical Society will host the Cemetery Walk, in which actors will portray eleven notable Delawareans who are buried there.  This year’s tour will feature a completely new list of historic figures from Delaware, including Allie Mathews, wife of the William Mathews – the last town Marshal and first chief of Police for the City of Delaware; Robert G. Lybrand, owner, business manager, and president of the Delaware Chair Company; Harriet Calista (Clark) McCabe, activist and author of publications for churches and the Temperance Union; Hosea Williams, entrepreneur and businessman in early Delaware; William Little, merchant and owner of vast properties in the city of Delaware. More…

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Solving A 160 Year Old Mystery: Two Remarkable Delaware Countians

6 Sep , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

On Thursday, we shared a photo of a unidentified Civil War officer taken in Delaware over a century and a half ago, and told of our quest to identify the sitter for this portrait. That post can be read, and the photo can be seen, here.

As we stated in that story, the reverse of vintage photos can also provide clues to identification. As a reminder, the reverse of the photograph has the following information:

Over Lindsay’s Bookstore,
Delaware, Ohio

In this case, those details do help to pinpoint the date that the portrait was taken. What was unexpected, however, was that it also led us to the stories of two men who had remarkable life stories, and who, at least for a time, called Delaware home. More…

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Who Was This Delaware Man? Solving A 160 Year Old Mystery

3 Sep , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Today we begin a two part series here on 1808Delaware, one which will set out to solve a question that arose recently but which involves a question over a century and a half old – who was this man?

The figure of a soldier peers out of a photograph which recently came into our possession. As with many portraits of that era, there is no writing on the photo’s front or reverse that reveals the identity of the sitter. There are clues, however — clues that, as we did research for this story, brought us face-to-face with two intriguing figures in Delaware County history whose very interesting stories you likely do not know. More…

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: The First OWU-OSU Football Game

30 Aug , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Football, or the lack of it, is on sports fans’ minds these days, and so we thought we would share a gridiron-related post on this last weekend of August.

The storied football history of The Ohio State University started right here in Delaware County. Here are details about the school’s first football contest, hosted by the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University.

Date: May 3, 1890

Final Score: OSU 20, OWU 14 More…

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

20 Aug , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: This story has been updated with additional information.

By 1808Delaware

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 County Roots: The War Governor

19 Aug , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

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.

The second Governor of the State of Kansas was a native Delaware Countian.

He was also someone so respected by his constituents that he earned the nickname, “The War Governor.”

His name was Thomas Carney, and he was born in 1824 near Berkshire. More…

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Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Edward E. Neff House

15 Aug , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

We continue our ongoing look at the historic resources of Delaware County with a stop in the Northwest Neighborhood, home of an extraordinary collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century residences and churches.

Today, we look at a house which might best be known as the childhood home of a prolific and prominent architect.

The house at 123 North Franklin Street is a magnificent Queen Anne style structure. It was built by prominent local merchant Edward Erford Neff, who was born in 1830 in Dover, Ohio. Neff was married to Mary Ann Glover in 1862, and the couple went on to have three children — John, Addella, and Clarence. More…

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