Hanby House

Hanby House is the former home of William and Ann (Miller) Hanby.  Built in 1846 at the corner of College and Main Streets, the Hanby family occupied the house from 1853-1870. (more)

Temperance Row

Westerville’s Temperance Row Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized by the National Park Service as the nationally significant enclave where leaders of the Anti-Saloon League (more)

Updated 12/11/2018

Welcome to the Westerville Historical Society

Congratulations to Jeanne Schlairet who won the "Doggone Cute" doll raffle.

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The 2016 Westerville Historical Society Board "Pictured an Old Fashioned Christmas" at Hanby House in November.WHS Board

Who we are

The Westerville Historical Society (WHS) dates back to 1941 and today has 200 dues-paying households. It descended from a successful community drive in the 1930s to preserve the home of the Hanby family, an Underground Railroad stop, as a state memorial on West Main Street. Eldest son, Benjamin Hanby, was a composer of abolition music at the time of the Civil War . WHS volunteers manage and maintain Hanby House for the Ohio History Connection. (Visit the Hanby House website at www.hanbyhouse.org.)

The Westerville Historical Society hosts December open houses at Hanby House. They also co-sponsored the 2008 and 2011 Ohio Humanities Council's Chautauqua in Westerville as well as the Westerville Freedom Trail which brought the local Underground Railroad to life. It publishes a newsletter and offers five historical programs to the public each year.

Please click on the "Donate" button below and make a donation to the Westerville Historical Society. Your donation will help keep Westerville history alive.



The WHS needs volunteers within its membership to help with the myriad of tasks necessary to sustain and promote our organization, which serves our community to preserve and tell the stories of Westerville’s rich history. If you would be willing to be placed on a list of volunteers who are willing to donate their time and talents to the WHS, and have not already done so, please contact Jeff Yoest at jeffyoest@columbus.rr.com or 614 895-0808. When specific needs arise, volunteers may be called upon to assist at scheduled events or programs. Participation is optional, based solely on one’s availability and desire to help. One upcoming project will be “Spring Cleaning” at the Hanby House on Saturday, April 2nd, in preparation for the 2016 school and visitor tours. Site and Building and Grounds managers Pam and Jim Allen would certainly appreciate a willing crew to get the Hanby House ready for the 2017 season. Not only would your work “contribute to the cause”, you would have a good time with your fellow WHS members!

Hanby House is looking for Volunteer Guides

Do you have a few extra hours a month or can you volunteer for special occasions? Contact site manager Pam Allen at hanbyhouse@yahoo.com or call 614 891-6289. Training is provided. No special talents or experience needed other than enjoying history and sharing it with others.

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