From Factory to Fine Arts: 106 years of Edgar Hall



Postcard from GreetingsFromDelawareOhio.com, about 1912

Postcard from GreetingsFromDelawareOhio.com, about 1912

The Edgar Hall building which currently houses part of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Fine Arts department sits on the border of two historic districts in Delaware.  As part of the Sandusky Street Historic District, it was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.  The Ohio Wesleyan buildings were [Read more…]

Ghost Towns in Delaware County

The Forgotten Places of Delaware, Ohio…

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Have you seen this Ghost Town?

Have you seen this Ghost Town?

According to author and researcher Rick Helwig, there are approximately 8,000 to 9,000 ghost towns in Ohio.  Helwig, the director of the Center for Ghost Town Research in Ohio, spoke to a large crowd during a program put on by the Delaware County Historical Society at the First Presbyterian Church.

Helwig runs the center from his home [Read more…]

The Delaware Chair: A Seat Worth Saving


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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…]

Browsing Around Berkshire Township


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Glacial boulder in downtown Sunbury
Glacial boulder in the Sunbury Square

Berkshire Township is home to some big rocks.

To be more precise, two of Ohio’s largest glacial erratics are located in or near Sunbury.  One is in the town square, supporting the statue of General William Starke Rosecrans.  The other is located three miles east of Sunbury on private property – all 200 tons are right where the glaciers left it over 10,000 years ago.

As with almost all of our townships, Berkshire has [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…]

Concord Township: Set Sail for Scenic Scioto

Coyote at the Ohio Wildlife Center
Coyote at the Ohio Wildlife Center

Concord Township – Cross Section of America!

Even if you don’t dock your boat at the Leatherlips Yacht Club, you can still cruise down both sides of Concord Township in your stylin’ set of wheels.  Spring is the perfect time for a windows-down, radio-up kind of drive.

The Scioto River cuts right down the middle of Concord Township, flanked by state routes 745 and 257 on either side.  The community of Bellpoint is in the north, Rathbone is in the middle and Shawnee Hills holds strong in the southern part.  The Delaware County part of Dublin is at the southern tip. [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…]