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Westerville, OH

Westerville, a suburb of Columbus is a city in Franklin and Delaware counties. Europeans first settled in the land no known as Westerville circa 1810. Eight years later three family members William, Matthew, and Peter Westervelt moved from New York and settled in the area. In 1836, Matthew contributed land for development of a Methodist church. The village was later named Westerville to pay homage to the family. Matthew later became trustee to a seminary that would later become the private Otterbein University, named after its founder Philip William Otterbein.

Westerville has some historical significances. For instance, several homes were bases on the Underground Railroad. One famous home was the Hanby House, owned by Benjamin Russell Hanby, author of the popular Christmas song, “Up On The Housetop”. The Hanby House is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and was dedicated as a museum in 1937.

In 1859 a town mandate prohibited alcohol sales in Westerville. However, in 1875 and again in 1879, Henry Corbin opened a saloon, only to have it each time blown up by townspeople. This conflict was known as the “Westerville Whiskey Wars”. In 1909, Westerville became home to the Anti-Saloon League, leading it to be known as “The Dry Capital of the World”. The League’s headquarters was later donated to the public library, and eventually became a museum. Westerville maintained its “dry state” status during the majority of the 20th century.

From the late 19th century through the Great Depression in 1929, Westerville utilized streetcars. However, in present day, Westerville uses minimal public transportation. Although the city alone does not maintain public buses, the Central Ohio Transit Authority provides the city with five bus lines.

Westerville became the first village in Ohio to implement a “council-manager” type of government, a political regime that’s maintained to present day. With this governmental style, the city elects seven members, six of which are named chair, vice chair, mayor, vice mayor, and city manager, the latter which is an indefinite position.

Although Westerville has undergone a myriad of changes, its citizens have never lost their pride in culture and heritage. From proponents of the Revolutionary War to the Underground Railroad support system, Westerville residents continue to strive to enrich their community.

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        614-797-7300
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        614-797-7280
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        614-797-7000
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        614-797-7050
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        614-797-7200
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        614-797-7230
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        614-797-7250
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        614-797-5700
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