Ohio History Journal

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[Miss Hills is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolu-

tion, Delaware, Ohio, Chapter, for which she prepared the following bit

of local history.]

In the war of 1812, Ohio or a part of it, was the scene of

much military action in which our own country and town played

no small part. Delaware, situated so nearly in the centre of the

state about half way between Chillicothe, the capital and the

scene of operations around Sandusky and Detroit, soon became

the principal route for troops going from the Ohio River and

Kentucky to the Lakes and Canada.

In February, 1813, General William Henry Harrison on his

way from Cincinnati to Sandusky (now Fremont), marched with

one division of his army through Chillicothe and Franklinton,

following the trail along the Scioto River and south of Strat-

ford crossed over to the Olentangy. Here in what is known as

Cole's cemetery, are buried two of his soldiers who died on this


On reaching Delaware, the army entered the town by the

principal road which skirted the river bank and which after-

wards became Henry Street; they marched from there on up the

street which is now Sandusky, named for the town which was

Harrison's destination.

Their route through Delaware along Henry Street was just

a little east of the Deer Lick, which was known to the early set-

tlers and to the Indians as the Medicine Water but which was

later called the Sulphur Spring. As this Spring was far famed

for the Medicinal qualities of its waters, what was more natural

than that there should be a tavern near by where travelers could

rest and drink the waters.

This old tavern is interesting to us for more than one rea-

son: besides being the point around which most of the business