Delaware News

Festive Nash House, library to welcome visitors Dec. 16

A four-generation, nontraditional wedding dress exhibit and a collection of vintage Christmas postcards will be featured during a Dec. 16, holiday open house at the Delaware County Historical Society's Cryder Historical Center and Nash House. The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Nash House will be decorated for the holidays. The seven-room brick Italianate home was built in 1878 for Thomas and Mina Slattery, the grandparents of Dr. George Parker of Delaware. The residence was purchased in 1885 by William Henry and Emeline Nash and remained in the Nash family until 1954, when Pauline Nash gave the house to the historical society.

The house is decorated primarily in the Victorian period with donated items that have connections to Delaware County. Furnishings include a tall case clock made in the late 18th century and a 1928 General Electric refrigerator. The kitchen is furnished in the style of the 1930s.

Brent Carson, president of the DCHS board, urged community members to visit the facility. "Thousands of students and adults tour the Nash home each year, but to visit at Christmas time is a special treat," Carson said. "It brings to life the nostalgia of our past - the Victorian era."

The many displays and artifacts in the research library and museum also will be open to guests. The Delaware County Historical Society is at 157 E. William St., Delaware. For more information, email