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Worthington: One of Ohio's Oldest Cities

Location

Worthington is located in the center of the state at Ohio’s crossroads - the intersection of U.S. State Route 23 and State Route 161 - and affords easy access to all parts of Ohio and the nation. A suburb of Columbus, Ohio's capital, Worthington offers all of the attractions and conveniences of a big city combined with the charm of small-town living.

Community

Worthington was one of the Midwest’s first planned communities, blending commerce, residential life, education and faith. Founded in 1803, Worthington reflects its dignified New England heritage with authentic brick sidewalks leading to the central village green, where many of the City’s original commercial buildings and churches still stand proudly. Today, as in ages past, people come to meet and greet on the village green and stroll the streets of downtown Worthington.

 

 

Purchase and Planning

History

  1. 1. Purchase and planning

  2. When the electric street railway connected Columbus and Worthington in 1893, the village became a suburb, with cars running every half hour and making it possible to live in Worthington and work or shop in the capitol city. The village acquired a telephone exchange in 1899, a public water system in 1913, permission for private homes to tap the interurban electric lines in 1917 and free mail delivery in 1929. By World War II, Worthington had a population of 1569. In 1954, residents of the Colonial Hills subdivision circulated petitions to annex to Worthington. The subdivision had more residents than the village, but together, they had more than the 5,000 residents required to be incorporated as a city with a city council / city manager charter.
  3. 2. Settlement

  4. In September 1803, the same year Ohio became a state, eleven families left their Connecticut homes and traveled by wagon train to their new home in Ohio. It took six weeks for the families to travel the 600 miles to their new homes, arriving in October of 1803. They named their new village Worthington in honor of Thomas Worthington, one of Ohio’s first senators and a future governor, for his assistance in locating the tract of land that would become Worthington.
  5. 3. Incorporation

  6. The pioneer village prospered, forming an Episcopal congregation and a Masonic Lodge in 1804, as well as acquiring a post office in 1805, an academy in 1808 and a newspaper and manufacturing company in 1811. The 1830 census recorded 910 persons in Sharon Township - approximately one-third in the village and two-thirds on surrounding farms. In 1835, the Ohio legislature incorporated Worthington as a village, with an elected village council and mayor. The village retained a stable population with little growth and served as the market center for surrounding farms for the remainder of the 19th century.
  7. 4. Growth

  8. When the electric street railway connected Columbus and Worthington in 1893, the village became a suburb, with cars running every half hour and making it possible to live in Worthington and work or shop in the capitol city. The village acquired a telephone exchange in 1899, a public water system in 1913, permission for private homes to tap the interurban electric lines in 1917 and free mail delivery in 1929. By World War II, Worthington had a population of 1569. In 1954, residents of the Colonial Hills subdivision circulated petitions to annex to Worthington. The subdivision had more residents than the village, but together, they had more than the 5,000 residents required to be incorporated as a city with a city council / city manager charter.

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Worthington is located at the center of the state at Ohio's crossroads - the intersection of U.S. State Route 23 and State Route 161.  It is one of the Midwest's first planned communities.  Founded in 1803, Worthington reflects its New England heritage with authentic brick sidewalks, original commercial buildings and churches.

 

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