The Delhi Historical Society, located at 468 Anderson Ferry Road, just west of the city of Cincinnati,Ohio, was founded in 1976 by members of Delhi’s American Bicentennial Commission. The society’s mission is to serve as a steward of local history, telling the stories of the people who lived and worked here. It does so by collecting, preserving and exhibiting materials that document the history of the township and its surrounding area; by educational programs for children and adults; and by maintaining the 1870s Witterstaetter Farmhouse Museum, library and historic greenhouse.
PROGRAMS & TOURS
The Historical Society offers a variety of programs and lectures on the second Monday of each month, excluding July, August and December. The programs are held at the Delhi Park Lodge, 5125 Foley Road and are free and open to the public.
The Society also offers group tours of the Farmhouse Museum that are individually planned for organizations and institutions. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513.451.4313.
The Historical Society maintains three exhibit rooms that house permanent and changing exhibits reflecting the heritage of Delhi Township and its people. The “Roots: People & Stories that Shaped Delhi Township” tells the story of Delhi’s transition from a 19th century rural truck-farming area to a 20th century suburban community through the voices and photos of people who lived through it. The permanent exhibit “Greenhouses of Western Hills” describes the rise and fall of this once prosperous industry.
The museum also includes a typical early 20th century kitchen—where the farm family gathered to work, eat and play. Through the kitchen exhibit, children and adults alike learn just how different and difficult life was during a period of history when there was no electricity, running water or central heat.
FAMILY HISTORY ARCHIVES
The Delhi Historical Society has an extensive archive/library containing Delhi census records, wills, deeds, and books and newspapers about Delhi and nearby community histories. It also contains the Jack Doll Photo Archives, with hundreds of images documenting Delhi’s history. In addition, the archives contains dozens of family histories, and more than 15,000 record cards about Delhi individuals. We also offer access to Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com and other online genealogy resources. Researchers are welcome during regular hours or by appointment. Family history research (Delhi Historical Society files only) can also be provided free of charge by historical Society staff. E-mail email@example.com or call the Farmhouse, 513-451-4313
An historic greenhouse on the Farmhouse property offers a living history of why Delhi was once called “the Floral Paradise of Ohio.” The society sells spring annuals in the greenhouse. The greenhouse complex also includes farm implements used by the Witterstaetters and other Delhi farmers, and items from the old Northwestern School that was located in Delhi, as well as an original cistern pump and an authentic outhouse.