About Orange Johnson House
Visit the Orange Johnson House Museum and step back into 19th century Worthington and one of the oldest residences standing in its original location in central Ohio.Open Sunday, April to December, 2 – 5 PM, and by appt. Admission: $5/adults and $3/children 6 16; includes docent-led tour Group tours available for 10-45 visitors. Group tours can be scheduled for weekdays or the weekend.This property offers a unique view of both the pioneer and Federal periods in Worthington. The oldest portion was built in 1811 by Arora Buttles. The six-room house was on thirty-five acres, part of a farm lot next to the village. The pioneer architecture can be seen in the low-ceilinged keeping room with solid walnut wainscoting and steep dogleg staircase to the second story. The kitchen has the original open fireplace with a large iron crane and bread oven. The house is furnished with period pieces, many with a connection to early Worthington families and activities.In 1816 Orange Johnson, a hornsmith who specialized in comb-making, bought the property. He added a stately Federal-style addition highlighted by the gracious entry with its curved fanlight, sidelights and delicately reeded pilasters leading to a center hall. Each of the four principal rooms in the federal-style addition contains a fireplace with handsome mantel. Exhibition rooms on the lower level feature items from the Societys collection.