Introduction to Delaware, Ohio
Delaware, Ohio, in Delaware county, is 23 miles N of Columbus, Ohio. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Columbus metropolitan area with.
Delaware was originally inhabited by Delaware Native Americans. The community was officially founded in 1808. According to one tradition, the city derived its name from the Delaware Indian tribes. The city was incorporated in 1816, and Ohio Wesleyan University was established in Delaware in 1842. The city was also the birthplace of President Rutherford B. Hayes. In April of 1851, the first railroad was constructed in the area.
Delaware and Nearby Attractions
- Nash House Museum
- Perkins Observatory
- Harding Home
- Olentangy Indian Caverns
- Delaware State Park
- Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Things To Do In Delaware
The Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, the Nash House Museum, the Wyandot Popcorn Museum and the Olentangy Indian Caverns are all accessible from Delaware. Camping, hiking and fishing can be enjoyed at the Alum Creek State Park. The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Six Flags Wyandot Lake and historic sites like the birthplaces of President Warren G. Harding and Benjamin Russell Hanby are popular attractions in the area as well. The city of Delaware also organizes a number of events throughout the year, including the Little Brown Jug Harness Race every September.
Port Columbus International Airport is nearby.
Delaware Higher Education
The city of Delaware is home to Ohio Wesleyan University. Otterbein College, the Devry Institute of Technology and Capital University are all nearby as well.