Thomas Worthington, who lived from 1773-1827, was the sixth governor of Ohio and one of the first U.S. Senators from Ohio. Adena was his 2000-acre estate. The house was completed between 1806-1807 and has now been restored to look similar to how it did when the Worthington family lived there. This includes many original furnishings that belonged to the Worthington family.
The house is also one of only three left standing in the country that was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
Today the property is comprised of about 300 acres and there are five outbuildings remaining along with the formal gardens. The gardens also underwent renovation. Visitors are invited to stroll through the three terraces of flowers and vegetables growing in the gardens and the grove which is built up with shrubs and trees.
From the north lawn of the mansion house, if visitors look east they can see across the Scioto River Valley to the Logan Range—this view became the inspiration for Ohio’s Great Seal.
The museum and visitor center features interactive exhibits which use stories about people connected to Adena to create a picture of what life was like in Ohio in the early 1800s. The grounds also include classrooms and meeting rooms available for rent.