Worthington Historical Society

50 W New England Ave, Columbus, OH 43085

(614) 885-1247



The Worthington Historical Society offers visitors experiences at our two museums, The Orange Johnson House and The Doll Museum at the Old Rectory, and also maintains the Jeffers Mound, a Hopewell mound. Visit The Orange Johnson House (956 High Street, Worthington), an exceptional museum, and be inspired to imagine life as it was 200 years ago. Explore the 1800’s in Worthington in one of the oldest residences standing in its original location in central Ohio. This property is the only lifestyle museum in Ohio that portrays both the pioneer period prior to the War of 1812 and with the Federal addition, a more elegant lifestyle reminiscent of New England after the War. Guided tours of the beautifully appointed property bring the Johnson family, as well as the lifestyles of early Worthington’s settlers, to life. Special exhibits on early Worthington families and a hands-on children’s area are also featured. Open Sunday, April through December, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and by appointment Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children age 6 – 16, and includes a docent-led tour. Group tours are available weekdays or weekends by appointment, at the same price, for a minimum of 8 visitors. Please schedule group tours at least 3 weeks in advance. Free Parking available in lot at High St. & North St. The Doll Musuem at the Old Rectory (50 West New England Ave, Worthington) features a distinguished collection of 19th and 20th century dolls, toys, a Japanese Hina Matsuri, several dollhouses, and rotating special exhibits. Dolls on display may include German chinas, Parian bisques, French fashions, Milliner’s models, French bébés, and American dolls including those of makers Ludwing Greiner, Izannah Walker and Joel Ellis. The collection is housed in the Rectory originally built in 1845 for St. John’s Episcopal Church, which is also home to the WHS administrative offices, and the Shop. The Old Rectory is built in the classic Greek revival style with a “modern” addition on the north side. The parlor has been elegantly restored to the Empire Period with a magnificent needlepoint rug on view. The Shop and Doll Museum are open Tuesday – Friday, 1 pm – 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. Doll Museum Admission is $2 for a self-guided tour. Group tours are available by appointment, at a cost of $3 per person for a minimum of 6 visitors. Call ahead to schedule group tours for weekdays or the weekend. Free parking in the municipal lot off of New England Avenue.