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What was it like to help slaves escape on the Underground Railroad? Join your neighbors on June 10, 2017 at 10 AM to learn about tea history and etiquette, enjoy a light meal, then hear John Parker (as portrayed by Anthony Gibbs) share stories of his life and work on the Underground Railroad. Tickets are $20 per person ($18.00 for Ohio Hiistory Connection members). Call Pam to save your seat at 614-891-6289 or e-mail her at hanbyhouse@yahoo.com.

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Welcome!

Welcome to the official site for the Hanby House State Memorial. Located in Westerville Ohio, Hanby House is the former home of William and Ann (Miller) Hanby. Built in 1846 at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, the Hanby family occupied the house from 1853-1870. It has been moved twice, most recently during the 1930s, to its present site which is just one block west of the original location.

William Hanby was the 15th Bishop of the United Brethren in Christ Church. He served as editor of the church newspaper, The Religious Telescope. He was an abolitionist and opened his home as a station on the Underground Railroad. Bishop Hanby was co-founder of Otterbein University. He also worked in the early Temperance Movement against the use of alcohol.

Bishop and Ann's oldest child, Benjamin Russel Hanby, was in the second graduating class of Otterbein University in 1858. He was a United Brethren preacher, a teacher, an abolitionist and a composer. During his short life, he composed over 80 songs including Darling Nelly Gray, Up on the Housetop, and Who is He in Yonder Stall? The latter is included in the current United Methodist Hymnal.

The house is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also designated as a United Methodist Heritage Landmark. In 2011, the National Park Service Network to Freedom recognized Hanby House as a significant Underground Railroad site.

The home contains furniture and personal items from the family. There are two chairs made by Bishop Hanby and a walnut desk made by Benjamin Hanby. The original plates for Benjamin's favorite version of Darling Nelly Gray and a large collection of sheet music and books are at the site. The house is managed by the Westerville Historical Society under agreement with the Ohio History Connection.

To help keep the Hanby family history alive, would you consider making a donation to the Hanby House by clicking on the "Donate" button below?

 

Loss of the Hanby Name

Bishop William and Ann (Miller) Hanby had eight children that grew to adulthood and married, so one would expect many descendants from them.  In actuality the next generation only numbered twelve and the Hanby name disappeared after their grandchildren’s generation....Read More 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

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