Summer Fun in Worthington

Summer’s here, and it’s time for picnics, swimming pools and a good old-fashioned game of baseball. What have Worthington’s residents done to beat (or embrace) the hot weather through the decades? Have a look at our July exhibit to find out!

When it comes to summer fun, Worthington’s citizens have been remarkably consistent over the years. In the late 19th century, they took to the popular new sports of bicycling and baseball, with the city’s own baseball team lined up for an 1892 photo shoot. In a 1910 picture that appears to predict "The Little Rascals," the Snouffer boys pose while on a fishing trip with Fritz the dog. And no matter if it’s 1896 or 2003, who doesn't appreciate a good picnic?

In addition to sports and al fresco dining, Worthington knows how to throw a good parade. Marchers in Worthington’s 1910 Independence Day parade included veterans, a fife and drum corps and the local Boy Scout troop. Nearly 100 years later, the city celebrated its bicentennial with a July 5 parade down High Street, led by Ohio’s Bicentennial Wagon Train on its trip across the state.

During the long, lazy days of summer, take a virtual vacation to an early Worthington where residents are making the most of their own sun days. You just might be inspired to take a fishing trip of your own.