The Worthington Historical Society maintains properties such as the Orange Johnson House, the Old Rectory, the Jeffers Mound, and hosts events through the year to educate and remember the town’s history.
In addition to the preserving and maintaining the historical buildings, the society hosts events throughout the year to share history with the community
Upcoming events with Worthington Historical Society
Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Antique vendors will have a wide variety of antiques and collectibles available for purchase on the southeast Village Green.
The Society has been hosting sales on the Green since the 1950s! The Shop at the Old Rectory will set up a booth with antiques on the Green alongside returning and new vendors from around the state.
Worthington Walking Tours
September 17 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at Walnut Grove Cemetary
Take a walking tour to learn about the history, architecture, and more on these tours in designated areas of town. Tours are just $5.
Historic Ghost Tour of Worthington
October 26, 2023. The Ghost Tour will visit the Walnut Grove Cemetery to visit with the spirits of residents spanning the last two centuries on this guided tour. The tour is geared towards ages 13+. Purchase tickets online (typically in October). More details here.
Featured properties of Worthington Historical Society
Orange Johnson House
Located at 956 High Street, Worthington, the Orange Johnson House is a living museum with tours and events throughout the year. Visitors can study our pioneer history from the house restoration and activities held throughout the house and garden. Open houses have featured pioneer craft demonstrations for kids and adults, and the popular Christmas Open House.
Currently booking private tours with groups of 6 or less.
The Episcopal Rectory, now known as the Old Rectory, was saved by the Society from demolition and relocated at 50 West New England Avenue. The Rectory houses the Doll Museum, the Shop at the Old Rectory, the Society’s library, offices, collections and special exhibits. It also provides space for educational and community events.
The Doll Museum and Shop are open Wed, Thurs, Fri 1 -4 pm, & Sat 10 am – 2 pm.
Volunteer with the Worthington Historical Society
Interested in volunteering to help preserve history? Check out volunteer opportunities on the website.
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Worthington Tour of Homes & Gardens
TBA for 2022
The Tour of Homes & Gardens theme is “The 1920s in Worthington”
Check out architecture of the 1920s with homes, gardens and buildings throughout the Historic District in Worthington.
Tickets are $20-$25. Purchase online here, or in person at the Old Rectory Shop or Fritzy Jacobs. $20 per person in person, presale. All in person ticket sales are CASH or CHECK ONLY. On the DAY OF TOUR: the ticket price is $25 per person (at the Old Rectory ONLY, Cash or Check).
Ohio History Connection is opening the doors and celebrating historical sites and buildings with Ohio Open Doors in 2024.