The Museum and Education Center features interactive exhibits that use stories of people connected to Adena to give visitors a picture of life in Ohio in the early 1800s. The Center also includes classrooms, meeting and rental space. For information on the rental facilities contact the historic site directly.
Take a guided tour of the mansion to learn more about the daily life of the Worthingtons including the public spaces and the private spaces used for the family. Check hours and seasonality to confirm availability.
Learn more about the Adena culture, some of the people who lived in Ohio between 1000 and 500 B.C. The Adena culture was named for an earthwork mound found on the Worthington estate. Although such names are convenient, archaeologists do not know what the people called themselves. In 2012, radiocarbon dating confirmed that the Adena effigy pipe found within Adena Mound, was from approximately 125 B.C., precisely within the Adena period. Nearby Adena Mansion and Gardens is Story Mound.
For information on the Adena Culture:http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=902&g2_page=2
Adena Mansion & Gardens is administered by the Ohio Historical Society and managed locally by the Adena Mansion & Gardens Society.
Adena Mansion & Gardens
846 Adena Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
800-319-7248 (toll free)
Executive Director: T. Sparks
General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hours: April 1 – October 31
Wednesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Closed Holidays (New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, December 26, Monday holidays unless specified) CLOSED
Open Holidays (July 4) Noon - 5 p.m.
Hours: November – March
Please note that Adena Mansion & Gardens is closed during the winter months.
Youth (6 -12): $4.00
Children (5 & under): FREE
School Groups: $3.00/per student
Ohio Historical Society Members: FREE
Group Tours and Special Events
Group tours and special events may be scheduled Monday through Sunday by appointment.
The Adena experience has been developed to ensure that student visits are fun as well as instructional. Students participate in hands-on activities and learn of pioneer food ways, traditions, and the cultural practices of the people who lived on the estate, including the formerly enslaved individuals who accompanied the Worthingtons to Ohio.
School Tours can be directed to any age level and any area of emphasis. A complete tour includes the Museum and Education Center, farm community, garden and mansion. The mansion tour is guided; each group will be given a mansion tour time upon arrival. The Museum and Education Center, farm community and garden tours are assisted. In order to experience the complete tour, a minimum of three hours on site is recommended.
Limited lunch facilities are available. Students may wish to shop in our Ohio History Store if time permits. Because our school tour schedule fills rapidly, early reservations are encouraged.
Adena is located at the south end of Adena Road, off Pleasant Valley Road, which is the first road west off of State Route 104, just north of the US 35 interchange at the north edge of Chillicothe in Ross County.
Ohio Historical Society strives to meet ADA requirements. However, historic structures and outdoor areas provide challenges that make it difficult to provide complete access to all visitors. Please call the site with specific questions and concerns.
The ground floor of the mansion house, upper floor of the barn, and all other public areas are handicapped accessible. Photos of the second floor of the mansion house are available for handicapped persons to view. Interpreters are available to talk to vision impaired visitors.
Site Education Programs
This site offers educational programs for school groups. The Ohio History Teacher's Resources Page lists the wide range of subject-focused field trips offered at this site and other Ohio Historical Society sites. Each field trip includes a brief description and location as well as general dates of availability.