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Central Ohio’s Santa Connection

by Maureen McCabe on December 25, 2009

Santa cut out at Hanby House in WestervilleMerry Christmas from ColumbusBestBlog.com

Hope Santa stopped by your Central Ohio home… if you believe.

Westerville has a Santa connection.  Did you know that Benjamin Hanby, favorite son of Westerville Ohio (Hanby is featured on the signs when you enter Westerville,  that were put up in 2003 for Ohio’s bicentennial for another of his songs) had a Santa connection?  Hanby wrote “Up On The Housetop” or maybe it is it “Up On the  House  Top”?  Looks like the Hanby House in Westerville says “House Top.”

That’s OK I think I grew up singing  “Up on a Roof  Top.”

Hanby lived in the house at 160 W. Main Street in Westerville while he attended Otterbein.  Hanby’s father, a minster was involved in the Underground Railroad so the house would be historical, even if son Benjamin was not a song writer.  He wrote the song  “My Darling Nellie Gray” while living in Westerville.  That is the song commemorated on the signs at the entrances to the City of Westerville.

I believe  Benjamin Hanby (or Ben Hanby as the cut out on the front lawn refers to Hanby ) was living elsewhere by the time he wrote  ” Up On The House Top.”Hanby House at Christmas 2009

Here are the lyrics on a post I wrote for Discover Columbus OH (another blog… more real estate focused than CBB.)

Up On The Housetop

Hanby House has three chimneys, plenty of Santa access!

Hope Santa stopped by your house last night.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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