Early Settlers and American Indians of Delaware County

Early Settlers and American Indians
of Delaware County

4th, 5th, and 8th Graders

Early Settlers - Local History School Program - Delaware County Historical Society -Delaware Ohio

Early Settlers talk about what it was like explore and live in where Delaware County is now.

Early Settlers and American Indians of Delaware County

When European settlers came to the land that is now Ohio, American Indians were already living there. The land that is now Delaware County was home to the Wyandott, Shawnee, Lenape, and Senaca Cayuga tribes. This program teaches about the prehistoric and historic native peoples as well as the European people who began to move to this area in the 1700s. Reenactors will become Mrs. Moses Byxbe, Mr. Thomas Cellar, Reverend Finley, and Jean Pierre, a French blacksmith who lived with the American Indians in Pluggy’s Town. Students will visit the American Indian Artifact exhibit room upstairs in the Meeker house as well as try to grind corn using rocks just like the Native People did. They will also learn about the farming techniques and games of the American Indians.

Note: The Meeker Homestead is not handicapped accessible in all areas since it is so old.   We have alternate activities for people with disabilities who may not be able to go upstairs in the house.


The Meeker Homestead at 2690 Stratford Rd. just south of downtown Delaware right next to Turkey Hill off of US 23.

Length of time:

3 hours + time for lunch, if desired


We ask for $5.00 per student. Teachers and chaperones are free.

The Delaware County Historical Society is a non-profit organization funded by donations and memberships. In order to keep our facilities such as the Nash House, The Meeker Homestead, and the Cryder Research Center open and programs available, we would appreciate any financial contribution your school, PTO or organization can provide.

These fees are negotiable so that all children and interested adult groups can receive the benefit of our programs.

Teacher Resource:

Our teacher packet includes general information about this program as well as the program’s schedule for the day, a complete list of the Ohio standards we cover, an extensive vocabulary list, links to other resources, a timeline and a variety of maps.  This packet was created for teachers to use before their visit, so students have a good baseline of knowledge for our program to build on.

Early Settlers & American Indians of Delaware County Teacher Packet

Ohio Social Studies Content Standards Addressed

4th Grade: 5th Grade: 8th Grade:
History: 1, 2, 3, 6
Geography: 9
History: 1, 2
Geography: 8, 10
History: 1, 2, 3, 10, 11
Geography: 15, 17, 18