Rutherford And Lucy’s Thanksgivings

25 Nov , 2021  

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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Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Hayes Mirror, OWU

9 Nov , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Just inside the main entrance to University Hall on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University sits a piece of American history.

The item is a 10 foot tall frame made of black walnut, and housing a large pier mirror. The frame was a gift to the University by a former US President and his wife, a member of the OWU Class of 1853.

It is said that Rutherford B. Hayes, a native of Delaware, proposed to Lucy Webb Hayes on the steps of OWU’s Elliott Hall. What is certain is that the Hayeses maintained  lifelong relationship with the University, and made more than one gift to the school during their lifetimes. More…

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Summer Road Trips: President And Lucy Hayes Have Reopened Their Front Door

12 Jul , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

This year we’re continuing our look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Delaware County. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Delaware County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Celebrating Delaware County’s only native born US President, we always include a look at what’s taking place at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museum in Fremont, home to President and Mrs. Hayes’ magnificent house, Spiegel Grove. While closed for some time like the rest of the state’s museums and historic attractions, it has now reopened with heath and safety protocols in place. More…

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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…

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