Worthington News

Bus to take passengers on tour of history


Learn more about the history of Worthington's neighborhoods or take a closer look at an area of town that once was a cradle of early industry during bus tours Wednesday, July 23.

One bus will leave at 1 p.m. and will take participants to five iconic Worthington neighborhoods.

A 3 p.m., a bus will travel to Fox Lane, where participants will visit the site of the old Worthington Manufacturing Co., its boarding house and other interesting locations along the Olentangy River.

The trips are sponsored by the Worthington Historical Society and the Griswold Center.

The earlier tour will spotlight the neighborhoods of Medick Estates, Riverlea, Colonial Hills and Rush Creek, each of which provide a diverse array of architecture styles and each with its own rich history.

Participants also will visit the historical society's own Jeffer's Mound on Plesenton Drive. This prehistoric mound is all that remains of a much larger complex of earthworks, believed to have been built by the Hopewell Indians who once occupied this site.

The Fox Lane area was the cradle of early industry in Worthington. Millstones still are on this site that was used to grind grain for bread for the new settlers.

A large collection of river trash from when this area was the city dump also will be on display. During the Civil War, the area also was a training camp and a prosperous vegetable and fruit farm. Some unusual homes also are in this hidden area of Worthington.

On Aug. 27, two tours are planned.

One will focus on African-American history in Worthington, and a second will visit Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Participants may register for a single tour or any combination of tours through the Griswold Center for $14 per tour. Packages of any three tours are $37. Call 614-842-6320.

All tours will depart from and conclude at the Griswold Center. Registration is limited.