I heard the Old Worthington News when I was in the office yesterday. I heard from a Worthington Historical Society Member that the state had accepted the nomination now it is up to the National Park service whether Old Worthington will be on the National Register of Historic Places. Alan Johnson in the Columbus Dispatch wrote:
"The nomination of the Worthington Historic District -- bounded by North, Morning, South and Evening streets -- was approved yesterday by the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board."
As an interested observer it seems like the Worthington Historical Society, Worthington city and business leaders had submitted Old Worthington to the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board ages ago.
More about Old Worthington not necessarily the news
Worthington was planned in New England, the Village Green, the grid of streets, the surrounding farms, the church, the businesses. A historic marker in Old Worthington says:
"Based on a plan adopted by Scioto Company proprietors before their arrival in Ohio, Worthington was established following the New England model. The town formed a grid patter around a village green. Settlers were required to own at least one town lot and a rural tract for farming. Some setters were designated to operate the first tavern and sawmill. The church and school were assigned double lots on the square and tracts to farm for their support. An Episcopal Church, school, subscription library and Masonic lodge soon followed. Within months Worthington was a complete New England town transplanted to Ohio."
Much of the Center of Worthington is very old by our Midwestern standards. Settled in 1803 the same year that Ohio became a state the Old Worthington area, which was the Village of Worthington is caught in time. A number of old buildings are preserved. A number of the individual buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. People are often surprised that Old Worthington is not yet a part of teh National Register of Historic Places.
This was news about an Old Worthington building, Old Worthington Building gets new options
Worthington is sometimes described as a "living history lesson."