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 11/18/2016

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Program set for the WHS first annual dessert on Nov. 20!


11/20/2016 – “The Great Hopewell Road:  Ohio’s Ancient Superhighway,”  was a set of parallel earthen walls built around the time of Christ.  They began at the monumental Newark Earthworks and ran southwest in a remarkably straight line.  The road’s ultimate destination is a mystery, but it may have been a route of pilgrimage connecting the two grandest centers of the Hopewell world:  the Newark Earthworks and the many Hopewell mounds and enclosures near Chillicothe – more than sixty miles away.  Join us at 2:00pm for our annual dessert social as Dr. Bradley Lepper, Curator of Archaeology for the Ohio History Connection, shares the discovery of the Great Hopewell Road with us.  Meet with us in the fellowship hall of Messiah United Methodist Church, 51 North State Street, Westerville, on Sunday November 20th at 2:00pm.  Doors open at 1:45pm.  The dessert buffet is open to the public for an admission fee, but reservations are strongly encouraged as seating is limited.


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Reservations now being taken

Picture an Old Fashioned Christmas

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Mark your calendars for Saturday Nov. 19, from 12 to 4:30. Have your picture taken in the Hanby parlor which is decorated for Christmas. Wear your own clothing or dress in one of the period costumes that will be provided. The cost is $30 or $25 for OHC and WHS members per seating. As many as 8 can be in a seating. You will take home all of the pictures taken on a jump drive. Call 614 891-6289 or e-mail at hanbyhouse@yahoo.com for reservations. Due to limited seating times, reservations are recommended.


Marilyn Gale

In memory of Marilyn Gale


Past President, Westerville Historical Society

Past Site Manager, Hanby House

Teacher, Historian, Author, Friend


2016 Exhibit

Ohio Abolitionists

The Hanby family was one small cog in an intricate network known as the Underground Railroad.  The brave people who participated in helping fugitive slaves risked personal safety, financial security and their own freedom to take a stand against slavery.  Two names associated with both Ohio and abolitionism are John Brown from Hudson and Norton Strange Townshend from Cincinnati.  Brown became famous for his radical work in “Bleeding Kansas” and for leading an attack on the United States arsenal at Harper’s Ferry.  Townshend worked in the Cincinnati UGRR network, served in the Ohio General Assembly and was elected to the United States Congress.  Artifacts from the lives of these two men will be on display at Hanby House from April through December of 2016.  There will also be information on other every-day Ohioans who risked it all for their beliefs.  Visit on weekends from 1-4PM, May through September, or arrange a private tour by calling 800-600-6843.

Make or Break Year for Ohio History Fund!

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The year 2016 is crucial for the Ohio History Fund and we need your help. The Ohio History Fund tax check-off must generate $150,000 in 2016 to remain on the state income tax return form. Since the Ohio History Fund started in 2012, it has made grants to 47 history projects in 32 counties for a total of $448,000. Please help by checking the Ohio History Fund box on your Ohio Tax form and make a donation. It's just that easy.

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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