Things to do in historical Worthington

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When in Worthington, the quaint town offers a variety of historical places to stop by. With a history involving the War of 1812, the Civil War and railroad origins, Worthington includes great restaurants and museums, many of which are run by the Worthington Historical Society. Find yourself in a New England-inspired town in the Midwest this weekend, and be sure to check out one of the places listed below!

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The Worthington Inn

front of Worthington Inn at night
Photo courtesy of Columbus Neighborhoods

When you arrive, your first stop should be the Worthington Inn, parts of which were constructed as early as 1816. The inn now offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, plus weekend brunch specials. It also features five private dining rooms in varying sizes, so you can rent a room for a birthday party, shower or reception. The top notch culinary team will sure find a way to please your taste buds with fresh, local ingredients so be sure to stop by for a bite or brew!

The Orange Johnson House

dining table inside of Orange Johnson House
Photo courtesy of Tourism Media

After you eat your fill, be sure to continue following the historical trail in Worthington by visiting the Orange Johnson House, another historic building. Constructed in 1811, the building provides visitors with a glimpse into both the pioneer and Federal periods in Worthington. This year features several special events, including an exhibit titled “History, Architecture & the Vignette: A Bill Arter Exhibit” in April, along with farm animal visits.

The Old Rectory Doll Museum

street view of Old Rectory Doll Museum front
Photo courtesy of Worthington Historical Society

Next on our list is the Doll Museum at the historic Old Rectory building. The Old Rectory, along with its beautiful white front and gift shop, contains a truly impressive collection of 19th and 20th century dolls, including a current exhibit titled “Rag Time.” Regular admission is just $2, so it is worth stopping by to beat the heat or avoid the rain one afternoon!

Jeffers Mound

aerial view of Jeffers Mound
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

By far the oldest historical site in Worthington, Jeffers Mound dates back to roughly 100 B.C. and 400 A.D. One of the many earthworks found and examined by archaeologists, Jeffers Mound is believed to have been built by the Hopewell people. The Ohio Historical Society owns and maintains several Hopewell sites, so be sure to brush up on your history and step back in time during your stay.

Rush Creek Village

Rush Creek Village sign
Photo by Sarah Marsom

For a modern take on history, be sure to check out the unique architecture of Rush Creek Village. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, this collection of homes aims to display one-of-a-kind houses for each individual homeowner. However, when looked at altogether, this grouping still adheres to a beautiful, organic and orchestrated architectural layout. Tours are scheduled by the Friends of Rush Creek Village

Ohio Railway Museum

PCC streetcar 450 operating on the Ohio Railway Museum line
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Last but not least, the Ohio Railway Museum offers an amazing “glimpse of railroading’s past.” Founded in 1948, this museum now offers rides in streetcars and a Pullman passenger car, along with countless displays explaining the history of rails. Certainly a great stop for the entire family, be sure to visit this museum before chugging out of Worthington.

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