Adena Mansion & Gardens
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APR-OCT: Wed-Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5
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Adults: $10, Seniors: $9, Children 6 and up: $5
OHS, AMGS, and children 5 and under: Free.

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Calendar of Events

April 5: Easter Egg Roll


Adena Mansion and Gardens will hosts an Old Fashioned Easter Egg Roll On April 5th.

April 11: Spring Awakening
Join us in welcoming spring with a special event celebrating the return of life to the gardens and grounds of Adena Mansion and Gardens on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The festivities begin with a Bird & Nature Walk, led by members of the Scioto Valley Bird & Nature Club at 9:30 am, followed by a Spring Hike, led by a local naturalist later in the day. The Visitor Center will host the sounds of a string ensemble at 11:00 am and a brass quintet at 1:00 pm. Local artist Skip Hathaway will lead a children’s “make and take” workshop for soap making at the Tenant House from noon to 3:00 pm. Visitors are welcome to hike Adena’s marked trails and picnic on the grounds or pavilion. Hour long tours of the mansion and gardens begin at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. 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. For more information phone 740-772-1500 or 1-800-319-7248.

April 19: Dressing the Worthington’s – Regency Era to Victorian Era Fashion
Join Adena Mansion and Gardens as we take a look at fashions of the early to late 19th century. An Afternoon fashion show will focus on ladies’ dresses and garments worn during the 1800s.

May 2-17: Heirloom Plant Sale
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 2, through Sunday, May 17. Hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 3: A Day at the Derby with Senator Henry Clay
The annual celebration of one of the world’s greatest sporting events is a daylong party—but you don’t need to go to Kentucky to be part of it! Join Worthington family friends, Senator Henry Clay and his wife Lucretia, as they celebrate the Kentucky traditions of horses, hospitality, and history.

May 9: Peter Hatch
Peter Hatch, renowned expert and author of Garden History will be at Adena Mansion and Gardens on May 9, 2015 at 10am to offer a garden class and personalized garden tour.  The cost is $20 per person. RSVP is required by May 8, 2015 (Seating is limited for both events). At 5:30pm on May 9, 2015, Peter Hatch will return to have dinner and give a lecture on his book “A Rich Spot on Earth”: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello.  The evening will begin at 5:30pm with social time in the garden; followed by dinner on the south lawn at 6pm; lecture will begin at 7pm on the south lawn. The cost for the dinner and lecture is $50 per person.  RSVP is required by May 2, 2015.

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May 10: Grow the Rainbow
Gardening with your kids will get them excited about the plants on their plate and it will also provide you with a bountiful supply of fresh produce. The event will cover a variety of topics in basic gardening that will enhance children's understanding and respect for how plants grow, and how food is produced.

June 7: Beekeeping at Adena
Have you ever wondered where honey comes from? Why Honeybees of course! Adena Mansion and Gardens is proud to present Bees and Beekeeping. The lecture is designed to encourage, assist and educate enthusiasts in the wonderful experience of keeping honeybees.

June 14: Teddy Bear Tea
This tea party is the perfect way for a child to spend a few hours with their favorite bear, and a special person. Enjoy a cup of tea while sampling an array of savory treats. Tour Adena Mansion with Margaret and Ellen Worthington as they show you where the young ladies of the house once played and sipped tea.

June 20: Kill the Hill
Every year, we challenge runners and walkers to “Kill the Hill!” The event involves two races to appeal to athletes at all levels: a 5K run/walk and a 10-mile run.

June 21: Living History Sunday
Step back in time as the historic estate of Governor Thomas Worthington comes to life on Sunday, June 21st, July 19th, and August, 16th, from 12pm to 4pm. Visitors will enjoy a wide array of interpretive experiences at the historic site.

July 4: A Red, White, & Blue Ice Cream Social
Adena Mansion and Gardens will host a Red, White, & Blue Ice Cream Social to celebrate the glorious Fourth of July. Enjoy homemade fruit cobblers and root beer floats while listening to a variety of musical performances at the barn.

July 5: 19th Century Independence Day Celebration and All American Baseball Game featuring the Ohio Village Muffins Baseball Team
Celebrate Independence Day the way they did two centuries ago! You will be transported back in time to experience the holiday like it was celebrated in the early 1800s. Then,  join us on the grounds for an old fashioned game of Base Ball (yes, two words) as Adena Mansion and Gardens welcomes The Ohio Village Muffins, an 1860’s baseball team that plays the game by 19th century rules. Come out and cheer on our team!

July 19: Living History Sunday

July 26: Classic Car Show
Sponsored by the Southern Ohio Corvette Club, see for more information.

August 2: A Servant’s View
Some of the most commonly asked questions by visitors to Adena Mansion & Gardens concern the servants who worked on the estate – Who were they? Where did they live? What were their lives like?  All of these questions and more will be answered at this special educational event.

August 9: Hikes for Tykes
Does your child enjoy being outdoors and exploring nature? This event allows kids to get outside for some exercise, fresh air, and maybe learn a new thing or two about the ecosystem around them.

August 16: Living History Sunday

September 6: Adena Farm to Table Dinner
Escape, Unwind, Indulge… Adena Mansion and Gardens is proud to host an intimate evening as we celebrate the culinary gifts from the earth with a Farm to Table Dinner. Join us as we re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food.

September 11-13: Murder Mystery Dinner

Are you good at solving mysteries? Adena Mansion & Gardens is the place to be! A murder has taken place and it’s up to you to figure out who did it!

October 4: Pioneer School Harvest Homecoming

This “Harvest Homecoming” is a fundraiser for the Pioneer School and features a Bean Dinner with your choice of navy or pinto beans, corn muffin, drink, and dessert. There will be artisans throughout the grounds demonstrating period crafts like shearing sheep, shoeing horses, and woodworking.

November 14: Scrapbooking Crop
Do you find yourself being constantly interrupted when trying to scrapbook at home? Join us for 12 peaceful hours at one of the most scenic places in Ross County and scrap those wonderful memories of families, friends, vacations, and more.

December 5-6: Holidays at Adena
Adena Mansion & Gardens will re-open for a special event the first weekend in December to celebrate the winter holidays. The mansion is decorated for Christmas in 19th-Century style, and features a special holiday-themed tour.

December 6: Holiday Wreath Workshop
Come decorate a wreath for the holidays! We provide the evergreen wreath as well as natural materials gathered from the grounds of Adena Mansion & Gardens.

December 12: Breakfast with Santa
Come have your picture taken with Santa! He’ll be making an appearance at breakfast and will be available for pictures, and he may even have a small gift to give each child. This event also includes a continental breakfast, ornament making, cookie decorating, and story time.

Upcoming Events
  April 11, 2015
Spring Awakening
  April 19, 2015
Dressing the Worthington's
  May 2-17, 2015
Heirloom Plant Sale

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