Join the Ghost Tour with the Worthington Historical Society!

Who’s ready to see a little Worthington history come to life this month?

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You can join the Worthington Historical Society’s popular Ghost Tour on Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m. The walks have been operating in various forms for years now, and after two years focused in Walnut Grove Cemetery, the guided tour returns to the Old Worthington historic district in 2019!

On the tour, guests will get to “meet” various Worthington residents from the past centuries, who come to life for the night to share their stories, often outside the buildings where they lived or worked. Historical Society Director Kate LaLonde says that, while there are a few ghosts who have appeared on past tours, this year will be primarily focused on new people.

Some of the historical Worthington figures you might meet include…

Elizabeth Greer Coit, who was born in Worthington in 1820 and attended the Worthington Female Seminary. She was very active in the suffrage movement in Columbus. The Greer family lived in house on South Street.

Cynthia Kilbourne, the second wife of James Kilbourne, the founder of Worthington. They lived in the Kilbourne Commercial Building on High Street, above what are now the offices of HER Realtors. She was born Cynthia Goodale; her brother was Lincoln Goodale, the Columbus doctor who donated the land that became Goodale Park.

Dr. Thomas Morrow, a physician with the Ohio Reformed Medical College, which stood near the northeast corner of the Village Green, where the old library building sits today. Dr. Morrow and his family lived in the building on High Street above what is now The Half Pint. He was run out of town by an angry mob – quite literally out of his home on High Street – over rumors of bodysnatching. 

Guests can join the tour by purchasing tickets in advance at the Old Rectory or at Fritzy Jacobs. Tickets are $15 per person, and can be paid for by cash or check. Get them soon – only 120 tickets are available, and they will sell out!

The walk starts promptly at 7 p.m. in front of the Old Rectory, 50 West New England Avenue. After gathering together, guests will then set out in smaller, guided groups to seven stops throughout the neighborhood. Guests are encouraged to wear walking shoes and bring a flashlight, as the tour includes a walk through the St. John’s Episcopal Church cemetery. The history-based tour isn’t necessarily spooky or scary, but it’s recommended for ages 13 and up.

Old Worthington Ghost Tour
Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Rain or shine!
Get tickets at the Old Rectory (50 W. New England) or Fritzy Jacobs (635 High St.)

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Nicholas Dekker