From the austerity of the Anti-Saloon League to the exuberance of its parks, Westerville officers insight and inspiration around every corner. Here you can find national history locally made with exciting stories and twists of fate that make Ohio a unique destination. These Westerville trails were made possible by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Humanities. To find more information about Westerville, go to www.visitwesterville.org.
Start your Westerville journey with these trails –
Hanby House of Brotherhood
From its founding, Westerville was a community with citizens of conscience who opposed the institution of slavery. Putting these convictions into action, they aided and abetted runaway slaves on their journey traveling on the Underground Railroad from forced servitude to freedom. The first settler in what later became the village of Westerville, Garret Sharp, and his six sons all hid runaways in their homes. Maryland-born George Stoner came to the village in the 1850s and began to move fugitives via stagecoach from Columbus to the cellar of his inn on State Street. However, one family stands out in this dedicated company of abolitionists – the Hanbys. This trail is a memorial to their convictions and actions that promoted the cause of freedom from slavery.
Dry Capital of the World
A thriving town proved to be inviting to saloon keepers and the Anti-Saloon League. Visit sites that played a role in establishing the 18th Amendment and sample how the community has changed from being the Dry Capitol of Ohio to a place where boutique brews are all the rave.
City in a Park
Many cities can claim more parks, recreational facilities and bike paths, but few can lay claim to be a City in a Park — purposely planned, continuously improved, and meticulously maintained. With heritage dating back to 1809, natural beauty, and careful planning makes Westerville a very special place to visit and live. The parks and recreational facilities in Westerville include almost 30 miles of bike paths and nearly 600 acres of parkland.
As a City in a Park, Westerville intentionally links its heritage to its present and future. The diversity of Westerville’s parks engages our community and visitors in the ways they want. Park purposes and experiences range broadly, offering natural respites from day-to-day hustle and bustle, family and sports activities, sports, arts exhibition and performance. Along the way, visitors will find sculptures and statuary honoring local and national events.