Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
End your day at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, the 100-year-old finest example of Tudor Revival Architecture in the whole nation. This estate used to belong to the Seiberling family, the family that founded the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1898. This site is the small town of Akron’s first and largest National Historic Landmark, and it is actually the nation’s 6th largest historic home that is open to the public. The Stan Hywet estate features five historic buildings and 10 historic gardens, giving it a grand total of 70 beautiful acres of historic glory.
The Manor House is a 65-room, Tudor revival house with a grand total of 64,500 square feet. This part of the estate still features all of the original furnishings and hosts the motto "non nobis solum" over the entryway, meaning "not for us alone." This inviting touch, as well as the gorgeous interior, make this part of the estate quite hard to leave. A walking tour of the whole property will take you from the manor house to the Gothic Revival Conservatory, a beautifully built building, and then to the Gate Lodge, the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings! Finally, you will see the Carriage House, an 11,000 square foot spare living space that has 13 rooms used in the past for outdoor workers and extended family.
Before you leave the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens be sure to stroll around the stunning landscaped grounds and take a peek at the sprawling formal gardens. Your group can get involved in a game of vintage baseball, geocache, or take a break in the play garden. One of the most exciting activities offered here is the Canalway Quests, an amped up adult version of a scavenger hunt that will have you racing all over the estate!