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
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Adena Mansion & Gardens

The Mansion
The Tenant House
The Spring House
The Wash House
The Smoke House
The Barn
The Gardens
The Visitors Center


Located near the kitchen and adjacent to the well, the wash house was the place the clothes were washed, ironed or rolled. At certain times of the year candles were dipped and soap was made here. According to “The House Book” published in Philadelphia in 1828, the wash house or laundry should have a large fireplace for boiling a large quantity of water and should be located near a water source. The wash house at Adena follows this advice. There is a well outside the laundry and a large fireplace for heating water is available. There is also a space for storing dry wood.

The Book further advised that in the case that the water was hard a quantity of lye should be available to soften the water (1gallon lye to 4 gallon of water). Catching rainwater in a barrel to wash clothes was also recommended. There is no evidence that such barrels were kept at Adena, but probably there were since that was the prevailing practice at the time.

Adena Mansion and Gardens
Thomas Worthington & Family
The Old Northwest Territory
Ohio Statehood
Great Seal of the State of Ohio
Benjamin Latrobe

Upcoming Events
  February 18, 2017
Volunteer Orientation Breakfast
  March 4, 2017
Ohio Statehood Day
  March 11 & 18, 2017
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