The city of Worthington's long and rich history dates back to the year that ohio became a state. The Scioto Company, led by James Kilbourn (Kilbourne) founded Worthington in 1803. They purchased 16,000 acres of land for $1.25 per acre. The name Worthington was adopted in honor of future Ohio governor, Thomas Worthington who advised Kilbourn on the settlements location. The Scioto company developed Worthington with the same model used in New England towns. They formed a grid pattern around the village green and required settlers to own at least one town lot and a rural track for farming. Settler moved in and a church, school, library and masonic lodge soon followed. With in months worthington was a complete New England town transplanted to Ohio.