Worthington Community Information

There are many fine restaurants for the visitor to choose from in the area, casual to elegant. Attractions are many and include such interesting places as the American Whistle Corporation, the only metal whistle factory in the U. S.; the Rectory, located at the Worthington Historical Society; the Pontifical College Josephinum, Olde Worthington and the Worthington Mall. The new development in the Crosswoods area, located at I-270 and US Route 23 just north of Olde Worthington, has created an entertainment area for people of all ages and interests. The only 3D IMAX theatre in central Ohio is located in the Crosswoods area. The Continent, located at Route 161 and I-71, is another entertainment area with hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Worthington was settled in 1803 by a group of families from the Farmington River Valley of Connecticut and Massachusetts under the leadership of James Kilbourne. They platted a New England village of 164 lots around a central public square which today hosts summer band concerts and arts festivals. A monument honoring the 38 original proprietors stands in the northwest quadrant.

The "Old Worthington" business district is anchored by an 1808 commercial building built by Kilbourne, believed to be the oldest such building in continuous commercial use in Ohio. Facing the Village Green is St. John's Episcopal Church, the original 1831 building that is still used by the present congregation. Modern Worthington maintains its New England character and treasures its heritage by inviting visitors to take a walking tour of its historic district, or visit one of the two museums maintained by the Worthington Historical Society.

The first Worthington site to be listed on the National Register was the 1974 qualification of the prehistoric Indian mound on the west side of the Olentangy River. The most recent sites include the Niles Interurban Car in 1987 and the Dr. Longenecker Office in 1990.

Twenty-six properties were accepted in 1980 as a result of surveys conducted in conjunction with the Ohio Historical Society. Twenty-one of these twenty-nine properties are pictured and described in more detail in Worthington Landmarks: Photo-Essays of Historic Worthington Properties.