The Delaware County Fair:  Ponder the Past and Prepare for a Blast

Hungry as horse at the fairgrounds
Hungry as horse at the fairgrounds

Delaware County Fair’s history and tradition leads makes the fair what it is today.

So it’s almost time for the Delaware County Fair.  While dinner options might include fried candy bars and pepperoni sticks, or perhaps a trip to the Buckeye Valley booth for healthier fare, there was a time when the county fair meant [Read more…]

OWU Officer First to Author Delaware’s Ghostly Encounters


Ghosts and its paranormal branches have been a very popular subject for millennia, appearing in countless publications, such as “Macbeth,” to the Bible, and now in John B. Ciochetty’s books “Ghosts of Historic Delaware, OH” and “The Ghosts of Stuyvesant Hall and Beyond.”

Front cover of Ciochetty’s book ‘The Ghosts of Stuyvesant Hall and Beyond’ written in 2007

Ciochetty currently holds a position at Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of [Read more…]

The Delaware Chair: A Seat Worth Saving




The Sturdy Line (greetingsfromdelawareohio.com)

The Sturdy Line (greetingsfromdelawareohio.com)

Grab a reader, take a seat, and lets explore the Delaware Chair Company.

The Delaware Chair Company was an international award winning manufacturer of chairs, some of which found their way to the White House.  Ranging from institutional chairs for firehouses and schools including Ohio Wesleyan University, to more plush versions for the nation’s capitol and such places as the Great Southern Hotel and the Neil House, the chairs were eventually sold around the world.

Known for their unique [Read more…]

Take a Bite Out of Orange Township

Delaware County's Bicentennial Barn on Bale Kenyon Road

Delaware County’s Bicentennial Barn on Bale Kenyon Road

Starting in the 1950s, Orange Township land was coveted by developers and needed by state and federal agencies.  Land was acquired for a Columbus Metro Park, U.S. Rt. 71, Alum Creek Dam, and the Polaris shopping mecca.  Long gone farms, villages and stories of settlers give glimpses of the early days while two hundred years later, residential growth is soaring and parks and services are being developed to keep up with the changes.

The 1914 Archaeological Atlas of Ohio shows  6 mounds and 1 enclosure in Orange Township.  Unlike any other township in Delaware County, two mounds and prehistoric earthworks have been preserved in [Read more…]

Take a Journey through Genoa


 

Sunset along Red Bank Road

Sunset along Red Bank Road

Delaware County History Abounds in Genoa Township!

Genoa Township has three listings on the National Register of Historic Places, and one is a mysterious archaeological site.  In 1879, Professor John T. Short explored two Indian mounds in Genoa Township.  In the 1880 History of Delaware County, an extensive record of the dig explains where they were and what they found, but today the Spruce Run Earthworks has [Read more…]

Two More Townships to Take In: Brown & Berlin


 
Sunset from Roloson Road, Berlin Twp.

Sunset from Roloson Road, Berlin Twp.

As half of the inspiration for 3 B’s and K Road, the townships of Brown and Berlin include the north end of Alum Creek State Park.  While an earlier article explored the park area, there is much more to know about these townships.

Before any permanent settlers arrived, the northeast quarter of present day Brown Township was designated by the federal government as a Salt Reservation.  This section of land just north of present day [Read more…]

Wide Open Spaces in Northwest Delaware County

Some Trumpeter Swans in the Scioto along River Road

Some Trumpeter Swans in the Scioto along River Road

This week’s road trip took me north by northwest to the land of plenty.  In Radnor and Thompson townships, there are plenty of farms, and many of them are six or seven generations old.  Those early families who worked the land here were on to a good thing – very rich, fertile, well-drained soil.  It’s no wonder Radnor and Thompson townships remain largely agricultural today – as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! [Read more…]

Globetrotting around Harlem and Trenton Townships

 

Trenton Cemetery (aka Condit Cemetery)

Trenton Cemetery (aka Condit Cemetery)

At one time Ohio was about 90% forest.  That’s hard to imagine when you drive around the vast farmland in Trenton and Harlem townships today.  Since being settled in the early 1800s, much of the land has been cleared for farming, which remains to be the major industry in this southeastern part of Delaware County.  [Read more…]

Liberty Township: Erupting with Things to Do

The church at Liberty Settlement

The church at Liberty Settlement

Once upon a time, in 1894, there was volcano.  In Liberty Township.  But more about that later.

Nestled between two rivers, this area of Delaware County does not disappoint.  Our last piece about Liberty Township left off at Hyatts Road and named Nathan Carpenter as the first settler in Delaware County in 1801.  The following year he was joined by [Read more…]

Day Trippin’ Around the Delaware State Park

0 Blog6 058Delaware County was originally much bigger, with the northern part including what is now southern Marion and Morrow counties.  For that reason, I’m including Waldo in this article, because everyone needs to know about [Read more…]