May 29, 2023

Ensanta Catalina

Aventure et nature

Exhibit shows how feds’ actions drew settlers from the East

Donna Meyer, executive director of the Delaware County Historical Society, and Meeker Homestead Museum curator Benny Shoults stand next to a replica covered wagon that's part of "The Journey to Delaware County" free exhibit, which can be viewed from 1 to 4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Meeker Homestead Museum, 2690 Stratford Road in Delaware.

The Delaware County Historical Society not only documents local history; it also has a history of its own.

The society will turn 75 years old in November, having been formed in 1947, when some residents were concerned that expansion of the Delaware Dam project would flood a historic cemetery in Marlboro Township, executive director Donna Meyer said.

As the decades passed, the society focused on the county’s entire history and opened the Nash House Museum – built in the 1870s at 157 E. William St. in Delaware and donated by the Nash family – which housed its records and collections and continues to operate.

In 2010, the society received the donation of what is now the Meeker Homestead Museum – constructed in 1811 and 1823 – plus a large barn and 6 acres at 2690 Stratford Road, on Delaware city’s southern edge. The property was donated by Tom and Carolyn Porter, who operated Garth’s Auction Barn at the site.