: Detail view of the Rotating Server in the Adena House, the home of Thomas and Eleanor Swearingen Worthington and their ten children. Originally laid out as a 2000-acre estate, the mansion was designed and built by Benjamin Henry Latrobe of Washington D.C. Latrobe is considered the first professional American architect and served as architect of the U.S. capitol under President Thomas Jefferson and helped design the White House. The idea for the dumbwaiter at Adena may come from the White House, where Jefferson had order dumbwaiters installed to keep servants from overhearing sensitive information discussed at dinner.
Construction began on the house in 1806 and the family moved into the mansion in 1807. The exterior is fabricated of blocks of locally quarried sandstone. Currently, the mansion is surrounded by the 300 remaining acres of the grounds, gardens and five outbuildings that have been restored or reconstructed.
Sometimes referred to “as the father of Ohio statehood,” Thomas Worthington (1773-1827) was one of Ohio’s first U.S. senators (1803-1807) and there he lobbied for Ohio’s statehood. He served in the Ohio statehouse from 1807-1808, and again in the U.S. Senate from 1811-1814. He became the sixth governor of Ohio (1814-1818). Worthington died in 1827 and his widow, Eleanor, accepted the responsibilities of managing the estate with their eldest son, James. Eleanor died in 1848 and the estate passed to James and his wife. The estate remained in the family until 1896. In 1947 it was bequeathed to the state of Ohio and shortly afterward the Ohio Historical Society accepted responsibilities for the maintaining the property for the people of Ohio. After significant restoration by the Society, Adena opened to the public for the Ohio sesquicentennial in 1953. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL07679 Subjects
: Architecture; Worthington, Thomas, 1773-1827; Ohio Historical Society Places
: Chillicothe (Ohio); Ross County (Ohio)