Westerville is a city in Delaware and Franklin counties It is a northeastern suburb of Columbus and the population was 36,120 as of 2010. Westerville was once known as “The Dry Capital of the World” for its strict laws prohibiting sales of alcohol. Westerville was first settled around 1810. In 1818 Matthew, Peter and William Westervelt, settlers of Dutch extraction, migrated to the area from New York. Matthew Westervelt donated land for the construction of a Methodist church in 1836, and the settlement was subsequently named in the family’s honor.