About Hanby House Museum
Recognized by the National Park Service as a significant Underground Railroad site, Hanby House was home to Bishop William Hanby, co-founder of Otterbein University, an abolitionist and a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. His son, Benjamin, was the composer of more than 80 folk songs and hymns, including “Darling Nelly Gray,” a popular song of the Civil War era, and Christmas favorite “Up on the Housetop.” A video presentation introduces the story of the family. Visitors are led through five rooms of antiques from the mid- to late-1800’s including Ben’s original flute, desk and sheet music. Stories around the Hanbys also connect with aviation history, Africa and the Titanic! The kitchen garden, maintained by the Westerville Garden Club, features plants that were used for household purposes between 1850 and 1890.
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