History records that Diadutus James Keeler, in addition to having a unique name, was an “enterprising man.”
Such a claim is borne out by the fact that after arriving from Vermont in 1819, he became an important farmer in Genoa Township and a recognized breeder of sheep and hogs.
Specifically, those would be fine-wooled sheep and China and Berkshire breeds of hogs.
Keeler was also one of the original elders of the Genoa Presbyterian Church More…
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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It’s a piece of Pennsylvania-inspired architecture sitting in the middle of Ohio, and one can easily see why pioneer settler Daniel Stout chose this location on which to build.
Limestone Vale, which consists of a limestone house and stone end barn, was built in the 1850s along what is now Olentangy River Road. It remains in much the condition and setting it enjoyed when constructed.
The unique barn is one of four that survive along the Olentangy dating from before 1860. It is the only one of those to be paired with a stone farmhouse. More…
The life of Norman Dewey Perry was anything but conventional.
We know this chiefly because of a lengthy autobiography he wrote near the end of his life. Another hint at his life is this quote from his obituary, ““While Norman Dewey Perry did not register success, as some men measure it, by the accumulation of great wealth, he builded for himself an honorable character and all through his life drew to himself the respect, confidence and good will of his fellowmen.”
Norman, a close relative of famed naval hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, was born in Connecticut in 1813. His youth was spent there, after which he began a series of moves that resulted in his introduction into the milling and paper production industry – first in Canada, then Michigan, West Virginia, Zanesville, and in July 1839 accepting a position near Delaware where a new mill was being constructed.
From that time on, Perry became affiliated with and eventually operated and owned a mill in the Stratford area, at one point partnering with noted Delaware businessman Hiram G. Andrews. More…
They are called “I Houses,” and while Delaware County has several of them there is reputedly only one located in Scioto Township.
The house at 9716 Fontanelle Road dates from 1858, and was built by William Hall Felkner, replacing a log home dating from twenty years earlier built by his father Jacob. The Felkners were early settlers in western Delaware County, coming from Tennessee.
The phrase “I House” is not an official term, but it is a widely accepted way to describe houses from the early to mid 19th century across the Midwest and South that follow a particular pattern. More…
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…
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…
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.
A bit of the old south may yet survive in, of all places, the northern reaches of Delaware County.
The beautiful Samuel Sharp House at 7436 Horseshoe Road, west of Ashley, is uniquely connected to the American Civil War. It was constructed about 1867 by Samuel and Lorinda Sharp, who had married 13 years earlier.
Samuel Sharp was the son of the well-known William Sharp, known locally as the “greatest bee-hunter” in Marlboro (then Marlborough) Township. The Sharps had several children whose given names, with the exception of one child, all began with the letter “L” — Laura, Landon, Lettie, Leslie, Lawrence, and…. Mary. More…
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…