Hanby House

Hanby House is the former home of William and Ann (Miller) Hanby.  Built in 1846 at the corner of College and Main Streets, the Hanby family occupied the house from 1853-1870. (more)

Temperance Row

Westerville’s Temperance Row Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized by the National Park Service as the nationally significant enclave where leaders of the Anti-Saloon League (more)

Updated 1/21/2016

Welcome to the Westerville Historical Society

Coming March 18, 2016

"Celebrating 100 years of City-Manager form of government in Westerville"


January 1916, Westerville instituted the city-manager form of governance after a period of political turmoil and dysfunction. Join the Westerville Historical Society as Joe Meyer, long time editor of the Public Opinion premiers a short documentary on the history of the change, Beth Weinhardt and Bill Merriman briefly share the history of before and after the adoption of the city-manager form of government, and current City Manager Dave Collinsworth speaks about the role of the city manager. The program will be at the Westerville Public Library on Friday, March 18th at 7:30pm in the meeting rooms.  Doors open at 7:00pm.

Who we are

The Westerville Historical Society (WHS) dates back to 1941 and today has 200 dues-paying households. It descended from a successful community drive in the 1930s to preserve the home of the Hanby family, an Underground Railroad stop, as a state memorial on West Main Street. Eldest son, Benjamin Hanby, was a composer of abolition music at the time of the Civil War . WHS volunteers manage and maintain Hanby House for the Ohio History Connection. (Visit the Hanby House website at www.hanbyhouse.org.)

The Westervile Historical Society hosts December open houses at Hanby House. They also co-sponsored the 2008 and 2011 Ohio Humanities Council's Chautauqua in Westerville as well as the Westerville Freedom Trail which brought the local Underground Railroad to life. It publishes a newsletter and offers five historical programs to the public each year.

Please click on the "Donate" button below and make a donation to the Westerville Historical Society. Your donation will help keep Westerville history alive.




The WHS needs volunteers within its membership to help with the myriad of tasks necessary to sustain and promote our organization, which serves our community to preserve and tell the stories of Westerville’s rich history. If you would be willing to be placed on a list of volunteers who are willing to donate their time and talents to the WHS, and have not already done so, please contact Jeff Yoest at jeffyoest@columbus.rr.com or 614 895-0808. When specific needs arise, volunteers may be called upon to assist at scheduled events or programs. Participation is optional, based solely on one’s availability and desire to help. One upcoming project will be “Spring Cleaning” at the Hanby House on Saturday, April 2nd, in preparation for the 2016 school and visitor tours. Site and Building and Grounds managers Pam and Jim Allen would certainly appreciate a willing crew to get the Hanby House ready for the 2016 season. Not only would your work “contribute to the cause”, you would have a good time with your fellow WHS members!

Hanby House is looking for Volunteer Guides

Do you have a few extra hours a month or can you volunteer for special occasions? Contact site manager Pam Allen at hanbyhouse@yahoo.com or call 614 891-6289. Training is provided. No special talents or experience needed other than enjoying history and sharing it with others.


Hanby House Video, "From Servitude to Service" Wins Second Award

Hanby video, From Servitude to Service wins it's second award! Pam Allen, Producer, and Bruce Houtz, Editor, received the History Outreach Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance on October 5, 2013. Congratulations Pam and Bruce for a job well done.

Ohio History AlliancePam Allen and Bruce Houtz wins award

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