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Worthington Historical Tours – Just a Bus Ride Away

In a few weeks, the Worthington Historical Society and the Griswold Center will kick off their popular Historic Bus Tours. Back for the third year in a row, these educational tours are a great way to learn about the fascinating stories behind many Worthington sites. Here's a sampling of interesting facts to pique your interest.

  • St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery is the final resting place for some of the city’s earliest settlers, including men who fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.
  • Among his many accomplishments, like founding the great city of Worthington, James Kilbourne also operated the Worthington Manufacturing Company on Fox Lane. The well-known street has been home to many things, including a sheep farm, a training ground during the Civil War—and a trash dump.
  • Ozem Gardner, the most-active local conductor of the Underground Railroad, lived in Flint. It is estimated that nearly 200 slaves passed through his home on their way to Canada.
  • Two of the neighborhoods featured on the Worthington Neighborhoods tour are not technically part of Worthington. Can you name them?
  • Walnut Grove Cemetery is the final resting place for 1,334 veterans. Every Memorial Day the cemetery staff proudly places a flag at each one of their graves.

Intrigued? Hop on the bus to learn about these fun facts and so much more.

Here’s what you need to know:

Each tour costs just $14 and registration is already underway. Call the Griswold Center at 614-842-6320 or visit their website to sign up for the following tours:

  1. Worthington’s Historic Districts – Friday, April 8 at 1 p.m. (get off the bus once, at St. John’s Cemetery)
  1. Worthington Manufacturing Company and Factory Street – Friday, May 13 at 1 p.m. (20-25 minutes of gentle walking involved)
  1. Worthington and Flint’s Underground Railroad Connections – Friday June 10 and September 9 at 1 p.m. (some walking in the cemetery)
  1. Worthington Neighborhoods – Friday, July 8 at 1 p.m. (entire tour on bus)
  1. Walnut Grove Cemetery – Friday, August 12 at 1 p.m. (entire tour will be walking upon arrival at Walnut Grove, about an hour)
Making Music

WHS Fiddlesix Concert to Benefit Tröndlin Piano Restoration Here's your opportunity to listen to live historical music and contribute to the restoration of the Worthington Historical Society's Tröndlin Piano—all at the same time. On March 13, Fiddlesix, a six-member family band from Monroe, Michigan, will perform "A Concert of Music in Early America" at the Orange Johnson House. The concert will feature a lineup of songs from the early 1800s, ranging from traditional Irish reels to folk music and popular songs from English operettas. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Tröndlin Restoration & Performance Fund.


Fiddlesix has played at numerous living history events throughout Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, including The Henry Ford—Greenfield Village, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Fort Meigs, Fort Jennings, Mississinewa 1812 and The Gathering at 5 Medals. Their music, instruments and attire date back to the 1812 Regency Period.

Parents Mike and Kim lead the Fiddlesix family, and they've both been playing music since they were in third grade. In the band, Kim plays mandolin, Spanish guitar and English guitar while Mike is featured on the pennywhistle, fife, recorder, clarinet, flageolet and double bass. Their four children, Andrew, Jonathan, Maribeth and Samuel, range in age from ninth grade to college, and bring additional talent to the ensemble. To learn more, visit their Facebook page.

Tröndlin Piano Restoration

An extremely rare, antique Tröndlin fortepiano is located in the sitting room of the Orange Johnson House. The instrument, which is one of the early pianos built by Johann Tröndlin in Leipzig, Germany in the mid-1800s, is estimated to be one of only 15 of its kind remaining. Thanks to the efforts of the Worthington Historical Society, plans are underway for Oberlin Conservatory fortepiano expert Robert Murphy to restore the Tröndlin piano.

Due to its unique construction, the Tröndlin fortepiano is known for its uniform and clear timber in the higher register. Historically, composers Felix Mendelssohn and Clara and Robert Schumann were partial to the sound of Tröndlin pianos, and Clara Schumann's picture appears on German currency with one of these instruments.

Do your part to contribute to the restoration by attending the Fiddlesix concert on March 13. It promises to be an entertaining performance with historical significance that you won't want to miss.

If You Go....

The Orange Johnson House
956 High Street, Worthington

March 13, 2016, 5 p.m.

$20 per person; available at the Old Rectory
50 W. New England Avenue, Worthington

Shop 'Til You Drop

If you've ever strolled down High Street in Old Worthington, you're already familiar with the city’s many charming boutiques, specialty shops, and craft and artisan fairs. On September 26, you'll have an opportunity to experience it in a slightly different vein when the city hosts three, fantastic opportunities for visitors and community members to shop in Worthington. Old Worthington Market Day

With more than 20,000 attendees each year, it’s no wonder Market Day is touted as Worthington’s largest one-day festival. The event, which takes place on High Street in downtown Worthington from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., features more than 200 specialty arts and crafts vendors, community organizations, local merchants, restaurants and family entertainment activities. An homage to the early days in Worthington when farmers would bring their goods to market, the festival has grown significantly, adding new venders each year.

“Market Day offers the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to shop local, learn about our fantastic community groups and non-profit organizations, and enjoy the beauty of downtown Worthington,” said Kathryn Paugh, president and CEO of the Worthington Chamber of Commerce. “We’re particularly excited about the wonderful selection of arts and handcrafted items featured this year, both from local artisans and from vendors around the state.”

While the Worthington Chamber of Commerce hosts the event, numerous organizations throughout the community help to make it possible. From AAA Ohio Auto Club and Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, both major event sponsors, to the logistical support provided by the City of Worthington, it truly takes a village. “The city’s participation and contribution to Market Day is huge,” Paugh said. “We’ve been working with the police, fire and parks and recreation departments for the past year and are thankful for the many people who help make this event a success.”

To learn more about Market Day, visit

* Event parking will be available at Thomas Worthington High School, located at 300 W. Dublin-Granville Road, west of Evening Street, with a free shuttle service running from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shuttles will travel back and forth from the high school to the parking lots of The Worthington Inn and the Griswold Center.

Old Worthington Sidewalk Sale

The Old Worthington Partnership is excited to host this year’s Sidewalk Sale. The sale, which also takes place on High Street from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will feature specials and seasonal merchandise from many of Worthington’s downtown merchants.

And don’t forget to bring your appetite! While strolling through the many boutiques and shops along High Street, be sure to pop into one of the fantastic local dining establishments for lunch, a quick snack or happy hour.

For more information about the Old Worthington Partnership, visit

Worthington Historical Society Antique AND Fall Yard Sale

After browsing the sales on High Street, head over to the southeast quadrant of the Village Green where the Historical Society will be hosting a special antique sale. The event will feature a wide selection of antiques from vendors throughout the state, including mid-century modern furniture, art and jewelry.

And there’s more...

In conjunction with their antique sale on the Village Green, the Historical Society is also hosting a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Old Rectory. Don’t miss your chance to browse a wealth of donated treasures, including antiques, collectibles, glassware and household items.

For more information about the Worthington Historical Society, visit

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Market-Day-crowd-2012-300x173Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.



Worthington Tour of Homes and Gardens

PICT0001PICT0010Once again the Worthington Historical Society is excited to host the Worthington Tour of Homes and Gardens, which this year will take place on Sunday, July 12. Fans of architecture and design will appreciate the great variety and unique styles represented in this year’s selections, as well as the breathtaking gardens and green spaces. Here’s a peek at the homes included in this year’s tour:

Toll Gate Square

Designed by Denver Hague in 1965, Toll Gate Square, which is Ohio's oldest condominium complex, features 20 units in 11 different buildings. The condominiums, which are compatible with Worthington’s early Federal Style buildings, were designed in a variety of sizes and styles. They were named after a 19th century toll road that ran from Columbus to Sandusky, along the current Route 23. This year’s tour will feature eight units within the complex.

Each unit tells a unique story. From fine arts and souvenirs collected around the world, to antiques, historic family portraits and a secret woodland garden, attendees will enjoy the history and design represented throughout the complex.

W. North Street

In 1937, Lawrence F. and Marie Mattison built a small, 720-square-foot home on 60 feet of property at the southwest corner of North Street and High Street. Seventy-eight years later, the home is still standing, although it looks quite different. The current owners purchased the home in 2011, and a massive renovation occurred soon after. The current 2,600-square-foot structure will be part of this year's tour, and visitors can witness the transformation of this unique home in Worthington’s history.

W. North Street

With the exception of a two-room addition in the late 1950s, the structure of 70 W. North Street has remained largely unchanged. Built in 1933, the home’s interior features original wood floors, antiques, industrial and repurposed furniture and an extensive collection of Southwestern décor, which was accumulated by the owners during numerous visits to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The home sits on a one-acre lot, overlooking a meticulously landscaped yard. Substantial work has gone into the home’s garden over the years, including stone work, a large patio and a bridge over the creek at the back of the property.

In addition to these homes, the Orange Johnson House will be open for informal tours during the event, and Kim Johnson, a docent and natural fibers expert, will be in the garden demonstrating the art of fabric dyeing.


If you go…


  • The tour takes place on July 12 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Pre-event tickets are on sale for $15 at Fritzy Jacobs on High Street and at the Shop at the Old Rectory. Tickets will be available on the day of the event for $20 at the Orange Johnson House
  • Parking is not permitted within Toll Gate Square or on W. North St. in the block west toward Oxford Street; several lots will be available for use south along High Street to the Griswold Center and north at Wilson Drive
  • For more information or to volunteer at this year’s tour, visit or call 614/885-1247

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.


A Summer Saturday in Worthington

_02Let’s face it. It doesn’t get much better than Worthington in the summertime. Sure, the community has plenty to offer any time of the year, but the fun times really heat up during the warm-weather months. From outdoor concerts and festivals to patio dining and shopping the farmers market, there’s no shortage of activities to add to your list of summer fun. To get you started, we created this lineup of things to do on a summer Saturday in Worthington. Shop the market.

Start your day with a visit to the Worthington Farmers Market on High Street in Old Worthington. This is the largest market of its kind in Central Ohio, and it attracts some of the area’s finest vendors. Grab some delicious strawberries from Rhoads Farm or Crum Strawberry Farm. Sip a warm cup of coffee from Silver Bridge Coffee Company. Or take home your very own bison patties from the Ohio Bison Farm. With more than 70 vendors, your biggest challenge will be figuring out how to carry your purchases back to the car.

Eat on the patio.

Worthington has some of the finest patio dining in Central Ohio, beginning with The Worthington Inn and La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro. Both of these establishments boast front row seating for the farmers market, so you can people-watch all morning long. The farmer’s breakfast (think eggs, home fries, bacon and fruit) at The Worthington Inn is a great option for breakfast lovers, but the menu also offers a host of salads, soups and sandwiches if you prefer lunch. Down the street, La Chatelaine stays true to its French heritage with homemade croissants for breakfast and baguette sandwiches for lunch.

Grab a snack.

No time to linger? Then a quick visit to Sassafras Bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth with a cookie, scone or piece of pie is in order. Wash it down with warm Café Brioso coffee or cold milk from Snowville Creamery. You’ll naturally want to take some delicious goodies home to enjoy later in the day. We suggest the kitchen sink granola bars made with nut butters from the Krema Nut Company.

Learn about the history.

The city of Worthington is overflowing with history. You can learn about it firsthand at the Worthington Historical Society, which is located in the Old Rectory on West New England Avenue — a short walk from High Street. The building is also home to the Doll Museum and a gift shop. The Doll Museum at the Old Rectory features a collection of 19th and 20th century dolls, as well as rotating exhibits.

Explore the arts.

Also within walking distance from the downtown area, the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center is a contemporary, multidisciplinary facility for the performing, visual and digital arts. The 20,000-square-foot building boasts a 213-seat theatre, an exhibition gallery, four classrooms, a digital imaging studio, dance studio and rotating exhibitions throughout the facility. Bottom line: There’s always something happening at the MAC.

Wine and dine.

Worthington is teeming with great eateries. In addition to those we already mentioned, you may want to try The Whitney House, Rivage Atlantique or The Old Bag of Nails. Families especially love Dewey’s Pizza followed by a large serving of chocolate-chip laden ice cream at Graeter’s Ice Cream. But if you’re looking for something a little different and incredibly fun, head over to House Wine where you can taste 24 different wines from the Enomatic wine dispenser. If wine isn’t your thing, simply choose from 12 different craft beers to enjoy in the shop.

You may decide to end your day with a stroll along High Street to the historic Village Green. Or you could kick up your heels to some live music at The Worthington Inn or Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music. Whatever your style, there’s a little something for everyone to do in Worthington. And it all comes alive during the summer months.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.