Sunday, August 7, 2016

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Photos by OHventures

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
714 N. Portage Path
Akron, OH 44303
(330) 836-5533

I'm willing to bet there's few mansions in Ohio more stunning than the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron. This magnificent home was built for the Seiberling Family, co-founders of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (think big yellow and blue blimp) in the early 1900s. Goodyear put Akron on the map as the Rubber Capital of the World, which was incredibly lucrative for the Seiberlings, to say the least.

The inspiration for the manor was from the English Tudor style, with five historic buildings on site. The mansion served as a place for both entertainment and business, and soon became Akron's first and largest National Historic Landmark. 

The family lived here for 40 years, but nowadays, you can tour the Manor House and see for yourself the incredible amount of detail and luxury that went into the 64,000 square foot home. The furnishings and collections inside the house are all original, with art from England, and beautiful hand-carved paneling on over 20 fireplaces. 

There's a selection of tours which you can take, including the Guided Manor House Tour (every hour on the hour), the Nooks & Crannies Tour (with special behind-the-scenes access to secret areas of the house), or you can choose a Self-Guided Manor House Tour.

There's 70 acres of land, full of beautiful gardens that are also worth exploring. The colors seen at the estate from the various flowers and vegetation are breathtaking, and make for fantastic photo opportunities. One of my favorite gardens to explore is the Japanese Garden, which is full of ornamental shrubs and trees, tiny waterways and bridges, an archway (pictured below), and even a little waterfall.

Other points of interest on the property include lagoon pools, tennis courts, terrace overlooks, the "Great Meadow," the grape arbor, the 500-foot long birch tree allee (pictured below), and the English Garden.

From April through October, you can bring along with you your leashed dogs on Sundays for an additional $5 per dog. You must stay outside and explore the grounds with your pups, as they are not permitted indoors. 

Of course, I had to bring along my dog, Slider, on a visit in May. He explored the Japanese Gardens, the wooden bridge by the lagoon, and by the fountains out back. When taking his photo with the mansion as a backdrop, it reminded me of the movie "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"! My little pup was definitely impressed by Stan Hywet!

The Woof Walk offering is just one of many fun features and activities found at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Kids can enjoy an educational playground, or butterfly exhibits in the conservatory. Baseball fans will get a kick out of the vintage baseball league that takes place in the meadow. And any fan of geocaching or questing would enjoy a special visit.

There are concerts, living history days, plays, "murder mystery" games, holistic tours, special dinners, and so much more at Stan Hywet. Don't hestitate to make it out for a visit.

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