Adena Mansion & Gardens

Visit the 1807 hilltop home of Thomas Worthington, sixth governor of Ohio and one of Ohio's first United States senators

Adena Mansion & Gardens

847 Adena Road, Chillicothe, OH, USA

April - October
Wed..–Sat. • 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Last mansion tours begins at 3:30 p.m. Masks are required of all guests on mansion tour.

November - March
Site is closed

Adults - $12.00 Senior - $10.00 Children 6-12 - $6.00 OHC member - Free AMGS member - Free Children under 6 - Free


The hilltop home of Thomas Worthington, father of Ohio statehood, and Ohio’s sixth governor is a National Historic Landmark and was designed by America’s first architect, Benjamin Latrobe. Construction was completed in 1807. Explore the gardens, grounds and outbuildings and tour the education and visitor center where you can learn more about the site. Average visit time: Allow 2+ hours


The dramatic stone mansion on a hill north of Chillicothe, Ohio, was the home of Thomas and Eleanor Swearingen Worthington and their 10 children. Thomas Worthington (1773–1827) was one of Ohio’s first U.S. senators (1803–1807) and there he lobbied for Ohio’s statehood. He served in the Ohio statehouse from 1807–1808, and again in the U.S. Senate from 1811–1814. He served as the sixth governor of Ohio (1814–1818). In 1818, Worthington stepped away from politics for a time and reinvested his energies in his numerous business enterprises, including farming, milling, land surveying, river shipping and construction of river canals.

The Worthingtons planted extensive gardens around the home including a fruit tree orchard, grape vines and plots for vegetables. Once the grounds served as a dramatic setting for outdoor walks and soirees. The gardens have undergone major renovations and give you a view into early-19th-century life. Stroll through three terraces of flowers and vegetables and see trees in the grove.

Adena Mansion & Gardens is managed locally by the Adena Mansion & Gardens Society.

  • Audiences: K-5th Grade Students, 6-8th Grade Students, 9-12th Grade Students, Higher Education Students, Educators, Families, Government, Specialists, Tourists, Community Groups, History Enthusiasts & Sports Fans
  • Historical Topics: American Indian History, The Arts, Presidents & Politics & Settlement & Statehood
  • Regions: Southwest Ohio
  • Site Activities: Self-Guided & Guided Tours
  • Museum & Site Type: Geocaching Site, Blue Star Site & Ohio History Connection Site

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