The home where the Hanby family lived from 1853–1870, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains furniture and personal items from the Hanby family, including a walnut desk made by Benjamin Hanby, original plates for the first edition of Benjamin Hanby’s song Darling Nelly Gray and a large collection of sheet music and books. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours
Benjamin Hanby was a man of many titles, including minister, abolitionist, student and teacher, but we know him primarily as a musician and composer. Hanby was born in 1833 near Rushville, Ohio. In 1847, his father, William Hanby, helped establish Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, which eventually led the family to relocate to Westerville.
Benjamin Hanby composed over 80 songs in his lifetime. Among his most popular and best-known are Up on the Housetop, Darling Nelly Gray and Who is He in Yonder Stall. He died of tuberculosis in 1867 at the age of 33 and is buried in Otterbein Cemetery in Westerville.
Hanby House will be participating in the Rotary Field of Ohio’s Heroes of Flight by presenting a program on the Hanby Family connection to the Wright Family. Visitors will be able to visit Hanby House and hear a presentation on the marriage that joined these two families and the visit of Orville Wright to the […]
Hanby House will be hosting presentations on gardening with an emphasis on “native plants”. Visitors are invited to tour the house and also the kitchen garden to learn about the use of plants in the 19th century household.
Hanby House will be presenting the program “The Westerville Underground Railroad and Beyond” with information about the people and places in Westerville that were part of the effort to aid and hide freedom seekers. The house will be open for tours. This event is free, though donations are appreciated.