February 18:  Volunteer Orientation Breakfast

Everyone interested in volunteering at Adena Mansion and Gardens is cordially invited to attend our annual Volunteer Orientation Breakfast on Saturday, February 18 at 9:00 AM.  Both returning volunteers and newcomers with interest in the many opportunities to become a part of the Adena Mansion and Gardens family are invited to attend.

Adena Mansion and Gardens relies on the generosity of our volunteers!  Whether you would enjoy dressing in period costume to interpret the mansion, tenant house or barn, answer questions in the museum, work with school groups or help out behind the scenes, we need your assistance!  Those who enjoy fresh air and sunshine will find pleasure helping to keep the beautiful Adena gardens in picture-postcard condition.  There is a volunteer position for everyone, depending upon time commitments and levels of training!

The orientation, featuring an informal continental breakfast, will introduce volunteers to the fascinating history of the Worthington family and Adena Mansion and give all those interested an opportunity to sign up for training.  Please RSVP by phoning us at (800) 319-7248 or emailing jmelrose@adenamansion.com.

March 4:  Statehood Day

When Ohio became a state is 1803, it was not without conflict!  Witness the fiery historic debate waged between territorial Governor Arthur St. Clair and Representative Thomas Worthington over statehood for Ohio as you step back in time to Gregg’s Tavern in Chillicothe, 1802, where it all came to life.  A tour of Thomas Worthington’s historic Adena Mansion will bring history alive!

This program is part of Ohio Statehood Day.  Admission for this special event is offered at no cost.

Our grounds and museum will be open between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  Performance times for “Debate over Statehood” will be at 11:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center.  Tours of Adena Mansion will take place every half-hour beginning at 10:30 PM with the final tour of the day beginning at 3:00 PM.

March 11 & 18:  Scrapbooking Crop

The perfect way to set aside time to assemble your scrapbooking memories amid convivial company and without interruption, Adena Mansion and Gardens offers two twelve-hour Saturday sessions, March 11 and March 18 at the Adena Mansion Visitor’s Center.  Each session lasts from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

We provide lunch dinner and snacks, enabling you to concentrate on your scrapbooking skills!  Not only will you be set up with a personal six-foot table, but you will electrical and Wi-Fi access.

Participating vendors will be on hand with interesting booths, and everyone will receive a welcome gift and be eligible for door prizes.  The cost for each attendee is $ 55.00 per session.  Reservations and advance payment are required, and can be made by phoning (740) 772-1500 or (800) 319-7248.  Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.  Information is available by phoning, emailing at info@adenamansion.con.

April 8:  Spring Awakening

Welcome Spring with special events throughout the day as life returns to the gardens and grounds of Thomas Worthington’s Adena Mansion and Gardens! A family friendly nature walk; performances by area musicians; the Talking Petals Project; and children’s craft lesson are all included in the activities offered at the annual Spring Awakening at Adena Mansion & Gardens on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Festivities begin with a bird and nature walk at 10:00 AM. Take a spring hike around the Adena grounds to learn about the flora and fauna on display at this time of year.  Also, identify the various bird species at Adena.

Matt Duddy, a Pennsylvania grower and narcissus aficionado will give a fascinating lecture about the history of the daffodil at 2:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center classroom and will be immediately followed by a nature walk.

Musical performances will take place throughout the day at the Education Center. Performances include the Prussia Valley Dulcimers at 1:00 PM, Sheri Dean at 2:00 PM and Stephanie Stanley at 3:00 PM.

The Talking Petals Project art cart will be on display at the Education Center from 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Visitors will have the opportunity to build their own “tussie mussie”, or coded Victorian flower bouquet, to send to a friend or loved one using their cellular device.

In keeping with the spirit of spring children can join local artist, Skip Hathaway in the Tenant House from noon – 3:00 PM.

Maps of Adena’s marked trails will be available and all of the hiking trails will be open. Visitors are welcome to tour the gardens and picnic on the grounds, or in the shelter, by the Education Center.

All event activities included with Adena Mansion and Gardens admission: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children 6 and up, free for OHC and AMGS members and children under 5. Mansion tours will be offered at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM.

For additional information, please phone (740) 772-1500, e-mail info@adenamansion.com.

May 6:  Art with Skip Hathaway

Local Chillicothe artist Skip Hathaway will offer an art class for children of all ages.

The classes will begin at 12:00 PM and will take place at the Education Center. Children of all ages are welcome to attend this event, which is offered at no cost. Art supplies will be provided and children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

May 6-21:  Heirloom Plant Sale (CLOSED ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY)

Adena Mansion and Gardens annual plant sale focuses on “heirloom” plants – varieties raised and passed on before the advent of industrial farming.  Many go back at least as far as Worthington’s time.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme – treasured staples of the medieval pantry and probably Thomas Worthington’s as well – will be among the 85 varieties of herbs, tomatoes, vegetables and flowers on sale at this year’s Adena Mansion and Gardens plant sale.

This year’s sale is set for Saturday, May 6, through Sunday, May 21.  Hours will be 9 AM -5 PM. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays (closed on Monday and Tuesday).

Flower varieties for sale that are the same as those grown in the gardens include foxglove, Maltese cross, morning glory, dianthus, coreopsis, Sweet William, and balsam.  Among herbs in the sale, lavender and thyme are also grown in the garden. Also available will be dill, basil, chives, oregano, cucumbers, peppers, and cabbage to name a few.  Tomato varieties for sale will include Black from Tula, Arkansas Traveler, Black Sea Man, Cherokee Purple, Mortgage Lifter, Hillbilly (Potato Leaf),   and Green Zebra.

There will also be metal art for purchase, such as bottle trees and shepherds hooks. In addition there will also be some hanging baskets and vegetables.

May 7:  Children’s Series – Young Gardener’s Forum

Heirloom tomatoes are fun to grow and fun to eat! Adena Mansion and Gardens presents our first Young Gardeners Forum featuring heirloom tomatoes.  Come learn how small space gardening can be fun.  Each child will make a tomato planter out of a plastic 2 liter bottle.  Adena Mansion and Gardens will provide the heirloom tomato plant.  All you need to bring is a plastic 2-liter bottle.

The Young Gardeners Forum will begin at 2:00 PM at the Visitor Center. Reservations are required as space is limited.  Children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.  There is no cost to attend the forum.

May 14:  Adult Lecture Series:  “The Worthington Women”

Mary Anne Brown will share stories of the lives of Mrs. Worthington and beloved daughters. This informal look into the history of the Worthington women will begin at 2:00 PM.  There is no cost to attend this fascinating glimpse into the past.   Please check in at the gift shop upon arrival.

For more information please phone 740-772-1500 or email info@adenamansion.com.

June 3: Art with Skip Hathaway

Local Chillicothe artist Skip Hathaway will offer an art class for children of all ages.

The classes will begin at 12:00 PM and will take place at the Education Center. Children of all ages are welcome to attend this event, which is offered at no cost. Art supplies will be provided and children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

June 4 :  Children’s Series:  Writing Cursive

A workshop by local Chillicothe historian Kevin Coleman explaining cursive handwriting with demonstrations and hands-on lessons using quill pens and ink.  Also a discussion of how ink was made by gathering natural ingredients.

Workshop will begin at 2:00 PM in the classroom at the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

June 11 :  Adult Lecture Series: (TBA)

July 1 (Saturday): Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Social

Saturday, July 1 Adena Mansion & Gardens will host their annual Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Social in the barn from 11am – 4 pm. Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket and sit back and relax while you listen to the live music of The Sodbusters, Sheri Deane, Paul Brown and more and enjoy homemade fruit cobblers and root beer floats. Admission charged and there is an additional cost for cobbler and floats.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for seniors, and $5.00 for children 6 and up, free for OHC and AMGS members and children 5 and under. Tours on Saturday begin at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 and the grounds are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

July 1: (Saturday): Art with Skip Hathaway

Local Chillicothe artist Skip Hathaway will offer an art class for children of all ages.

The classes will begin at 12:00 Noon and will take place at the Education Center. Children of all ages are welcome to attend this event, which is offered at no cost. Art supplies will be provided and children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

July 2 :  Independence Day Celebration

On Sunday July 2, at 2:00 PM, celebrate Independence Day the way they did two centuries ago as you are transported back in time to experience the holiday like it was celebrated in the early 1800s. This event will take place at the picnic pavilion and there is no charge to attend. Activities will include readings of portions of the Declaration of Independence, patriotic poems, a presentation of the flag, a toast to George Washington and 21 gun salute by the Ross County Veterans Honor Guard! There is no charge to attend this event.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for seniors, and $5.00 for children 6 and up, free for OHC and AMGS members and children 5 and under. Tours on Sunday begin at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 and the grounds are open from 12:00  Noon to 5:00 PM.

July 9 :  Ohio Village Muffins vs Adena Worthingtons

Adena Mansion & Gardens will host a vintage “base ball” game on Sunday, July 9.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join us on the grounds when the Adena Worthingtons challenge the Ohio Village Muffins, an 1860’s baseball team that plays the game by 19th century rules, in an exhibition game of vintage baseball.  The match begins at 2:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for seniors, and $5.00 for children 6 and up, free for OHC and AMGS members and children under 5. Tours on Sunday begin at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. The grounds open at 12:00 Noon and close at 5:00 PM..

July 16 (Sunday):  Happy Birthday to Thomas Worthington!

September 8, 9, 10 and 16:  Mystery Dinner

September 8, 9, 10 and 16. Adena Mansion and Gardens will once again become the place to be to hone your skills as a rookie crime solver in an entertaining atmosphere filled with great food and a mystery. This year’s mystery, will be an all new original production. Several experienced actors will be returning with a few new faces around to keep you guessing.

Grounds open at 5:30 PM and the mystery will begin at 6:00 PM.  After you gather your clues, dinner will follow at approximately 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at $50 per person for AMGS members and $55 for non-members. Admission includes both the mystery and the dinner. Prizes will be awarded each evening at the conclusion of the program.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased in person at 847 Adena Road, Chillicothe, or by telephone at (740) 772-1500. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Payment secures your reservation and may be made by cash, check or credit card.

October 22:  Hallowe’en Storytelling

If scary stories and tall tales put you in the Halloween mood, make plans to attend this family friendly event at Adena Mansion & Gardens on Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 PM! Halloween Storytime will be hosted by local artist, Skip Hathaway. Join her in the Tenant House in front of a crackling fire while she weaves tales of mystery, suspense and terror that is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat!

Space is limited! This event is offered at NO COST and is open to children of all ages. Advance registration is required by October 21 and children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

To register for Halloween Storytime phone (740) 772-1500 or email info@adenamansion.com.

Adena Mansion was the home of Ohio’s sixth governor, Thomas Worthington. Adena Mansion and Gardens Society manages the site on behalf of the Ohio History Connection. Adena is located at the south end of Adena Road, off Pleasant Valley Road, which is the first road off State Route 104, just north of the US 35 interchange at the north edge of Chillicothe.

Admission to Adena Mansion and Gardens is: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children (6 and up), free for OHC and AMGS members and children under 5. Tours on Sundays begin at 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM.

November 4 and 11:  Scrapbooking Crops

The perfect way to set aside time to assemble your scrapbooking memories amid convivial company and without interruption, Adena Mansion and Gardens offers two twelve-hour Saturday sessions, November 4 and November 11 at the Adena Mansion Visitor’s Center.  Each session lasts from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

We provide lunch dinner and snacks, enabling you to concentrate on your scrapbooking skills!  Not only will you be set up with a personal six-foot table, but you will electrical and Wi-Fi access.

Participating vendors will be on hand with interesting booths, and everyone will receive a welcome gift and be eligible for door prizes.  The cost for each attendee is $ 55.00 per session.  Reservations and advance payment are required, and can be made by phoning (740) 772-1500 or (800) 319-7248.  Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.  Information is available by phoning, emailing at info@adenamansion.con.

December 2-3 and December 9-10 Holidays at Adena

Step back 200 years into the home of the Worthington family for a special holiday tour.  Celebrate the holidays at “Holidays at Adena” on December 2-3 and December 10-11 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Adena Mansion and Gardens will be decorated in 19th century yuletide splendor and will sure put you in the holiday spirit!  While Adena is closed for the winter season, we reopen for the holidays for two weekends only.  Guided tours of the beautifully decorated mansion will be offered every half hour beginning at 10:30 AM with the last tour at 3:00 PM.  Our Saturday, December 9th tour features “Christmas with the Worthington Family,” interpreted by youth volunteers.

The Tenant House will be decorated to reflect the German traditions brought to Adena by many of the indentured servants who worked here.  Visitors will find a Christmas tree, handmade decorations and offerings of German cookies and mulled cider which will reflect the heritage of the immigrants.  There will be craft activities for children.

At the Visitor’s Center, live entertainment and refreshments will be offered.  Reproduction children’s toys, books, holiday decorations, books and other unique items will be available for sale at the Adena gift shop.  Elsewhere on the grounds, horse and carriage rides will be offered at an additional charge.

General admission to Holidays at Adena will be $9 for members of the Adena Mansion and Gardens Society and $ 10 for non-members.  During Children’s Weekend, December, 9-10, one child for each adult paying admission will be admitted free of charge.

Adena Mansion was the home of Ohio’s sixth governor, Thomas Worthington. Adena Mansion and Garden Society manages the site on behalf of the Ohio History Connection. Adena is located at the south end of Adena Road, off Pleasant Valley Road, which is the first road off State Route 104, just north of the US 35 interchange at the north edge of Chillicothe, Ohio.

For more information, please phone 740-772-1500, email info@adenamansion.com.

December 3 (Sunday) Holiday Wreath Workshop

Join Adena Mansion & Gardens for our annual Holiday Wreath Workshop. Participants will decorate a traditional wreath with a live evergreen base. Decorations such as dried flowers and fruits and other natural materials gathered from the grounds of Adena Mansion & Gardens will be provided along with instructions. Participants are also welcome to bring their own items to use as decorations.

The Wreath Workshop will take place on Sunday, December 3 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and the cost is $35. Space is limited, reservations and advance payment required and can be made by phoning (740) 772-1500 or (800) 319-7248. Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted.

Adena Mansion was the home of Ohio’s sixth governor, Thomas Worthington. Adena Mansion and Garden Society manages the site on behalf of the Ohio History Connection. Adena is located at the south end of Adena Road, off Pleasant Valley Road, which is the first road off State Route 104, just north of the US 35 interchange at the north edge of Chillicothe, Ohio.

For more information, please phone 740-772-1500, email info@adenamansion.com.