The land where Westerville now sits was first settled by brothers, Matthew, Peter and William Westervelt in 1818. Later during the antebellum era, a number of homes in the area served as stops on the Underground Railroad. The Hanby House served as one of these stops and was home to Benjamin Russel Hanby, who was a composer of many recognized hymns and songs including "Darling Nelly Gray," "Who Is He in Yonder Stall?" and "Up on the House Top." Today, the residence is owned by the Ohio Historical Society and serves as a museum for locals and tourists to explore. During the prohibition era, Westerville was known as the "Dry Capital of the World" because it was recognized for its strong temperance. In 1909, the Anti-Saloon League relocated their national headquarters to the area. As a result of their prolific flyers, the city was the smallest area in the nation to house a first class post office. Even after prohibition ended, the city stayed a dry county for the majority of the 20th century. Today the Leagues headquarters serves as a library and museum for the public. The historical town center houses a number of modern shops and restaurants, but maintains its original architecture. Today, the city is still largely influenced by its history.

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Located in Delaware and Franklin Counties, Westville, Ohio has been established as a northeastern suburb of Columbus. As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 36, 120, and is home to a large percentage of married couples and families. As a suburb, the area provides a number of planned neighborhoods with single-family homes. The city provides a strong sense of community with its small suburban atmosphere.

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