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For Teachers

You’re invited…to tour Hanby House.

This Civil War era historic house was home to Bishop William Hanby’s family.  Bishop Hanby was a co-founder of Otterbein University, a United Brethren minister, a Temperance leader and an abolitionist.  The house served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.  Bishop’s oldest son, Benjamin, composed “Darling Nelly Gray,” an anti-slavery song which was called “the ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ of song.”  Benjamin also wrote the Christmas favorite, “Up on the Housetop.”  The house is proudly owned by the Ohio History Connection, operated and maintained by Westerville Historical Society and staffed with enthusiastic volunteer guides.


2015/2016 School Year Tour Information

The Hanby House is located at 160 West Main Street in Westerville, Ohio. This year, ninety-minute tours will be offered 3 times per week. To schedule your Fall 2015 school tour, contact Melanie Jerse by e-mailing her at Contact Melanie soon don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn more about our local history and its connection to United States history in the mid-1800s.

In November 2012, Hanby House premiered a new documentary video about the Hanby family history entitled “From Servitude to Service.” The DVD has both a 20-minute and 30-minute version. The professionally produced video shows a mix of live performance, interviews with experts and historic photos of people, places and documents. For your convenience, your school can purchase a copy of the new documentary for $12.00 plus shipping from our online Gift Shop or have your media specialist contact Hanby House at to place an order. Copies can also be purchased at the house during open hours. You can See a trailer of the movie at

Hanby House is also open to the general public from May 1 to September 27, 2015 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4PM.

We hope to see you soon!


2014/2015 School Tours

Thanks to Melanie and Ron our school tour schedulers and to all of our guides who volunteer their time so that school children from central Ohio can enjoy Ohio history and learning about the Hanbys. Below are some pictures of our visitors.

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Hanby House is recognized by:

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Friends of Freedom

The United Methodist Church as a Heritage Landmark

National Park Service as a Network to Freedom Site

National Register of Historic Places