History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Slocum Hall

14 Oct , 2021  

By: 1808Delaware

One of the historic gems on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University is gaining new shine these days.

The University is undertaking an $11-million project to renovate Slocum Hall, including the restoration of its iconic Reading Room and its 70-foot-by-20-foot leaded glass ceiling. Slocum Hall is one of 10 locations on campus included on the National Register of Historic Places. More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Stephen Sharp House

12 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

With a setting on important routes heading to Lake Erie and freedom from Columbus, and with its known abolitionist leanings, Delaware County was on an important location for the Underground Railroad.

Many travelling along that fabled route found themselves along what is now Africa Road, which ran between Westerville and Africa.

An Ohio historic marker recounts how the settlement and the road got their names: “Samuel Patterson arrived in East Orange in 1824 and, within a few years, began to hide runaway slaves in his home. He also invited anti-slavery speakers to the pulpit of the East Orange Methodist Church, which brought Patterson and his neighbors into conflict with the bishop. Following their consciences, they became the Wesleyan Methodists and built a new church. A pro-slavery neighbor mocked them by calling their community Africa, and so East Orange was renamed. The village has disappeared but several homes owned by Patterson and his neighbors still stand in this vicinity.” More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Edward E. Neff House

6 Sep , 2021  

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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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The CCC&I Depot

11 Aug , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The 134-year-old railroad passenger depot on Delaware’s Lake Street is a real survivor.

Known by some as the “Big Four” Depot, it actually predates Delaware’s connection to that famed route. In January 1887, when it opened to the public, it was on the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railroad, known as the “Bee Line.”

In 1889, the Bee Line was purchased by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad, the “Big Four.” More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Williams’ Opera House

10 Aug , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Lovers of the arts in 19th century Delaware knew the venue on East Winter Street very well. Williams’ Opera House was s staple of the city’s cultural scene, with its four storefronts on the street level and the large auditorium/opera house on the second floor.

The building originally featured a large mansard roof, giving the appearance of a third story. The 1885 Sanborn Map of Delaware, shown here, called it a “French roof.” More…

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Landmarks

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Templar Hall

28 Jul , 2021  

By: 1808Delaware

Today we’re sharing another post in our Landmarks of Delaware County series.

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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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Felkner-Anderson House

20 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

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…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Limestone Vale

2 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

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…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Hotel Blee

25 Jun , 2021  

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, Sunbury

Landmarks Of Delaware County Special: Myers Inn, Sunbury

13 Jun , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We are celebrating this, the 20th post in our Landmarks of Delaware County series, by presenting a uniquely historic county landmark in a new way.

To access the previous 19 posts in this series, visit this link.

The Myers Inn in Sunbury, built by the community’s co-founder Lawrence Myers, is a property powerfully tied to local history. It has had more than one life, and has generated a good deal of deserved attention. More…

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History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Landmarks Of Delaware County: OWU Student Observatory

9 May , 2021  

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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Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Strand Theatre

21 Apr , 2021  

By 1808 Delaware

This week, we take a brief look at Delaware’s Strand Theatre, one of the oldest continually operating movie theatres in the country.

The celebrate this local icon, we thought we would share a special edition of Landmarks of Delaware County by looking back at the day that “The House Beautiful,” as it was referred to by the Delaware Daily Journal-Herald, opened to the public.

The paper’s April 8, 1916 edition heralded the arrival of the theatre with a full page ad featuring a letter from proprietor Henry Bieiberson, Jr.. More…

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