Benjamin Hanby House

160 W. Main St., Westerville, OH

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Photo taken by Brian Manville on February 23, 2018

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Description 

The Hanbys were deeply religious, and their faith led them to actively participate in the Underground Railroad. Their homes in Rushville and Westerville provided shelter to many fugitives from slavery.

It is designated as a United Methodist Heritage Landmark. In 2011, the National Park Service Network to Freedom recognized Hanby House as a significant Underground Railroad site.

The home contains furniture and personal items from the family. There are two chairs made by Bishop Hanby and a walnut desk made by Benjamin Hanby. The original plates for Benjamin's favorite version of Darling Nelly Gray and a large collection of sheet music and books are at the site.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 10, 1970
Reference number
70000493
NR name
Hanby, Benjamin, House
Areas of significance
Religion; Performing Arts
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1853

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19th Century (36,712)
Benjamin Hanby (1)
Built 1853 (307)
Built during 1850s (4,609)
Franklin County, Ohio (361)
Have Street View (40,660)
House (26,994)
Moved (2,187)
Ohio (5,089)
Private owner (54,396)
Westerville, Ohio (15)

Update Log 

  • February 23, 2018: New photos from Brian Manville
  • February 22, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Manville

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