Delaware, OH – April 2018 – Architectural Tour

The small city of Delaware, Ohio is the county seat of a county of the same name. Located just north of Columbus it was for more than 150 years the center of a farming county, as well as the home of the small college, Ohio Wesleyan.

With Columbus suburbs fast approaching, most of the county to the south has been developed  in tract housing and shopping centers, and it now has a population of over 200,000, and is recognized as having the highest per capita income in the state.

The town of Delaware however still feels like a small town, with many historic buildings.

First up is Beiber’s Mill which was was built in 1877 as a grist mill. Long abandoned, it sits directly on the Olentangy River – there were enough No Trespassing signs, and neighbors that looked like they would have shotguns that we took the photos from the road.

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The next stop was Perkins Observatory.  While in town there is an observatory that was built in 1896 that is still standing (barely), this building is about 3 miles south of town, next to a golf course.

Built in 1925 it has been in use ever since, but has over time reduced in scope as central Ohio is not very conducive to astrological observations – due to the low altitude, cloud cover and light pollution from the cities.

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As we arrived on the small campus of the 1900 student Ohio Wesleyan University, we found Edwards Gymnasium. Built in 1905 it is a spectacular building with an amazing wood ceiling with skylights.

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Just up the hill is Slocum Hall, which contains a library.

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As well as a great skylight.

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Next door is the University Hall and Chapel, although it appears to me very similar to most of the county court houses and jails around the state.

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On the west side of the campus are a series of newer buildings.

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Leaving campus we moved on to an area where all of the Delaware County Government buildings are located including what was a Carnegie Library – now the County Commissioners home.

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Next door is the old courthouse.

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Our last stop is what should be the main attraction of the town – the birthplace of a U.S. President – in this case Rutherford B. Hayes. However someone messed that one up long ago when the home was torn down, so now it is the Rutherford B Hayes Memorial BP Gas Station. But it is the only Presidential Gas Station in America, so Delaware, Ohio has that going for them.

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Boston – June 2014 – North Shore Highlights

A trip to Boston to help our daughter move provided us an opportunity to see some of the highlights of downtown Boston and the North Shore highlights.

Our 660 mile drive to the Boston suburbs took us 10 hours, and our 15 mile drive from our suburban hotel to her apartment took an hour and a half. But we picked her up and walked up the street for dinner. We treated her to a nice dinner at a place called the Fireplace, where I had a small bowl Lobster Mac & Cheese, which cost $35.

Saturday morning, we picked her up for a tour of Boston and the North Shore area.

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For those fans of milestones we went through the Ted Williams Tunnel under Boston Harbor. The end of this tunnel is the official eastern end of Interstate 90. Having been at the western end in Seattle a few weeks earlier made this even more interesting.

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After cruising through downtown we headed to Winthrop, a town on a peninsula that juts into Boston Harbor, beyond Logan Airport, which gave us cool views of the airport in front of the tall buildings.

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We continued up the north shore to Salem, where we went in a very cheesy tourist trap called the Salem Witch Museum. It was some of the worst animatronics ever made.

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The rest of Salem, especially the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, was very nice.

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In addition, it was just around the House of Seven Gables.

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Later we went to the small seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts, not to be confused with the more famous one in Maine. Tripadvisor suggested a place called the Roy Moore Lobster Company. We walked in this small shack, where the guys working there immediate gave me shit about my Pittsburgh Pirates shirt, which of course I returned, then we proceed to get 3 complete, fresh from the ocean lobsters for $35, or the same price of a bowl of Lobster Mac & Cheese in Brookline!

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We found a picnic table in the back, over the water and chowed down. Easily the best lobster dinner I ever had.

Early Sunday morning we started for home. Since it was Sunday, and early I decided to take I-95 down the coast to New York City, which normally is far too busy to try.

We made our way through Providence, New Haven, and Bridgeport before crossing into Westchester County, and eventually onto the Cross Bronx Expressway, UNDER a 20 floor apartment building and onto the George Washington Bridge.

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Once in New Jersey there is about 50 miles of suburbs then 300 miles of nothing through Pennsylvania.

It was a long weekend, but it was great to see our daughter.