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The Hanby House is open by appointment.
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.
The Hanby House is managed locally by the Westerville Historical Society. To schedule an appointment to tour the site, please email [email protected]
Join us at Hanby House for outdoor games for youth from 1–4pm. Participants can bring a picnic lunch to eat on the lawn or just come for the games. Bring chairs or a blanket for your picnic. The house will be open for tours.
Dave Henry, The Mud Man, will be demonstrating his pottery skills at the Hanby House on the lawn from 1–4pm Saturday, July 15. This Navy veteran lets his travel and life experience guide his art. He studied pottery at the Columbus College of Art and Design. The Hanby House will be open for touring.
Benjamin Hanby’s 190th birthday is July 22nd. We will be celebrating this renowned song writer with an ice cream social on the lawn of Hanby House. Come and join us for a tour of the Hanby House and sweet treats on the lawn.
Hanby House is celebrating National Women’s Equality Day on Saturday, August 26 from 1–4 p.m. with presentations by Leslie Blankenship portraying Isabelle “Belle” Coit Kelton, one of the first women to attend what later became The Ohio State University. Belle Kelton marched in Ohio’s first suffrage parade in Columbus and founded the group that became […]