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Hanby House

Benjamin Russel Hanby, composer of numerous songs-- Darling Nelly Gray and Up On The Housetop--lived in this home in Westerville with his family. Hanby played many roles in his life; student, abolitionist, father, teacher, minister. But it was as a composer that we best remember him.
The house was built in 1846 and occupied by the Hanbys from 1853 to 1870. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. From their house and barn, Ben Hanby and his father, Bishop William Hanby, ran a busy station on the Underground Railroad. The home contains furniture and personal items from the family. There is a walnut desk made by Hanby. The original plates for the first edition of Darling Nelly Gray and a large collection of sheet music and books are at the site.

Hanby House
160 West Main Street

Westerville, Ohio 43081

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Sunday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Benjamin Hanby

Benjamin Hanby lived at Hanby House in westerville with his family. He is best known as being the composer for holiday favorite "Up on the Housetop."

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