Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

04/27/2020

Here's a behind-the-scenes look and tour of our very cool Aeolian organ. Here's Chloe to share more from the Manor House Music Room. #VisitFromHome

04/23/2020
Thank you, Volunteers!

It's National Volunteer Week, and this is day that we'd be celebrating with our fantastic volunteers at an ice cream social. We're unable to do that because of the pandemic, but we do want to share a few words with you from Sean M. Joyce, President & Executive Director of Stan Hywet.
SH volunteers: thank you for all you do!
#NationalVolunteerWeek
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN2nlEXiEU0

Beginning Fri. April 24, our grounds will be open as a community service to provide another place for walks.IMPORTANT DE...
04/23/2020

Beginning Fri. April 24, our grounds will be open as a community service to provide another place for walks.

IMPORTANT DETAILS
-Open Wed-Sun, 8:30-10am for seniors, ages 60+, 10am-3pm for all
--NO restroom facilities, SO PLAN AHEAD
-ALL buildings are closed
-Guests must adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines
-Dogs on a leash permitted on Sundays
--Admission fee waived; donations accepted online: https://bit.ly/Donate2SH
-Handheld cameras acceptable. NO tripods, monopods, selfie sticks or drones are allowed

How about some #museumsunshine on Earth Day? #VisitFromHome
04/22/2020

How about some #museumsunshine on Earth Day? #VisitFromHome

VIRTUAL SEIBERLING EXPLORERS celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, by investigating one of Stan Hywet’s heritage...
04/22/2020
Stan Hywet Interactive Trails - Google My Maps

VIRTUAL SEIBERLING EXPLORERS celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, by investigating one of Stan Hywet’s heritage trees. Hover over the tree pin near the Japanese Garden, then click to learn about this mostly overlooked “sizable Sycamore.” https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I5IwlgCSNPrTR2Ej1a4T8qnG7mT3jkS0&usp=sharing
#Earthday #VisitFromHome

This interactive map gives you access to an array of digital content relating to the flora, fauna and history of the estate through a series of "trails" related to Stan Hywet’s past and present. Specific trails will include a Bird Trail (bird icon), a Wildlife Trail (fox icon), a Garden Trail (flo...

04/21/2020

Thank you, Stan Hywet volunteers, for all that you do for the estate! #NationalVolunteerWeek

With our elongated off-season due to Covid-19, guests and staff all feel like Maggie, who stopped by today on her luncht...
04/20/2020

With our elongated off-season due to Covid-19, guests and staff all feel like Maggie, who stopped by today on her lunchtime walk. Hopefully, we'll see you soon, Maggie. #Staysafe #stayhealthy

Today begins National Volunteer Week! THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!WE couldn't do what we do here without you. Ple...
04/20/2020

Today begins National Volunteer Week! THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!

WE couldn't do what we do here without you. Please #staysafe and #stayhealthy,

From Tour Services Manager Tom McKenzie:
"Without volunteers, there would be no Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.They're passionate about the estate, as is evident during interactions with other volunteers, staff, and our guests. They take pride in their volunteer role and ALWAYS deliver.

Volunteers create the flower arrangements throughout the Manor House. They help us clean in the off-season. Since they give many tours, I can't imagine the Tour Services department without them! Our volunteers are the best! We look forward to seeing you when we can reopen for tours. We miss you!"
#NationalVolunteerWeek #StanHywetVolunteersAreTHEBEST

HISTORY POST: today, we're featuring Molly's Shop & Cafe, located in the original stables and tack room in the Carriage ...
04/17/2020

HISTORY POST: today, we're featuring Molly's Shop & Cafe, located in the original stables and tack room in the Carriage House. It's named after Molly, one of the Seiberlings’ draft horses.

What's now the cafe once housed the horses -- in fact, when we're open, guests may eat in what was, long ago, the horse stalls.Molly’s Shop is in what was originally the tack room, where bridles, saddles and such were kept.

We're NOT open, but when we're able to open, be sure to check out our selection of Stan Hywet logowear, gift items and mementos from your visit to the estate. Until, enjoy these photos of "then & now" #VisitFromHome

It's the Thursday evening edition of #whatsinbloom at Stan Hywet. Photos were taken yesterday or today. #VisitFromHome
04/16/2020

It's the Thursday evening edition of #whatsinbloom at Stan Hywet. Photos were taken yesterday or today. #VisitFromHome

It snowed this morning at Stan Hywet. Here's a view from the Grape Arbor, yesterday vs. today. #VisitFromHome #SpringinO...
04/16/2020

It snowed this morning at Stan Hywet. Here's a view from the Grape Arbor, yesterday vs. today. #VisitFromHome #SpringinOhio #stunninginanyweather

It's Wednesday already, so time for some fun with VIRTUAL SEIBERLING EXPLORERS!Today, we're taking  a wildflower walk wi...
04/15/2020
Stan Hywet Interactive Trails - Google My Maps

It's Wednesday already, so time for some fun with VIRTUAL SEIBERLING EXPLORERS!
Today, we're taking a wildflower walk with Stan Hywet grounds manager, Shelley Funai. Open the map, hover over the flower pin near the Dell, then click to begin your journey. Enjoy! #VisitFromHome #wildflowerwalk

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I5IwlgCSNPrTR2Ej1a4T8qnG7mT3jkS0&usp=sharing

This interactive map gives you access to an array of digital content relating to the flora, fauna and history of the estate through a series of "trails" related to Stan Hywet’s past and present. Specific trails will include a Bird Trail (bird icon), a Wildlife Trail (fox icon), a Garden Trail (flo...

LAGOON RESTORATION PROJECTThe Lagoon area of the estate is the last remaining outdoor garden space to be restored to its...
04/14/2020

LAGOON RESTORATION PROJECT

The Lagoon area of the estate is the last remaining outdoor garden space to be restored to its original look and function. The broad scope of the project is to drain and dredge more than 100 years of organic sludge from the 5 main ponds. The project started in mid-March.

After removing the sludge, exposed rock gets hosed off and inspected for large cracks, which are filled with concrete. Then the bottom of the pond is smoothed out with clay soil, and the liner with bentonite clay is rolled out in an overlapping pattern. Gravel is placed over the entire liner to hold it in place, and protect it.The weight from the gravel + water seal the overlapping edges of the liner. The liner edge is now hidden by a new ledge of rocks.#VisitFromHome #StanHywetRestoration

Happy Easter!We hope you're staying safe and healthy, and staying home on this #Easter Sunday.  Here are some photos of ...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter!
We hope you're staying safe and healthy, and staying home on this #Easter Sunday. Here are some photos of spring blooms on the estate from April 2019 to enjoy. #VisitFromHome

Since it's a different sort of year without our very fun Easter Egg Hunt, we're featuring our latest blog post on EGGS-T...
04/10/2020

Since it's a different sort of year without our very fun Easter Egg Hunt, we're featuring our latest blog post on EGGS-TRAORDINARY EGG HUNTS at Stan Hywet for our history post.
https://www.stanhywet.org/sites/default/files/assets/docs/Egg%20Hunt%20Blog_Jennifer%20McDowell_April%2010%202020.pdf
#VisitFromHome #staysafe #stayhealthy #stayhome #HappyEaster

One more photo of snow this am at Stan Hywet. This is a close-up of the Japanese Quince near the Corbin Conservatory. Lo...
04/10/2020

One more photo of snow this am at Stan Hywet. This is a close-up of the Japanese Quince near the Corbin Conservatory. Looks like a Christmas image. #notspringlike #XmasinApril #VisitFromHome

This morning at Stan Hywet. WOW.#VisitFromHome #notspringlike #springsnow
04/10/2020

This morning at Stan Hywet. WOW.
#VisitFromHome #notspringlike #springsnow

It's the Thursday evening edition of #whatsinbloom. The estate is really starting to burst with springtime blooms and co...
04/09/2020

It's the Thursday evening edition of #whatsinbloom. The estate is really starting to burst with springtime blooms and color.
#VisitFromHome #staysafe #stayhealthy #stayhome

It's time for VIRTUAL SEIBERLING EXPLORERS!With the spring migration in full swing, we're featuring one of the first bir...
04/08/2020
Stan Hywet Interactive Trails - Google My Maps

It's time for VIRTUAL SEIBERLING EXPLORERS!

With the spring migration in full swing, we're featuring one of the first birds you might see when visiting Stan Hywet, the House Sparrow. Open the map, mouse over then click on the bird pin near the Carriage House and then practice looking for them in your backyard before birding later on the estate. #VisitFromHome #VirtualSeiberlingExplorers
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1I5IwlgCSNPrTR2Ej1a4T8qnG7mT3jkS0&ll=41.120080166889196%2C-81.5498561&z=17

This interactive map gives you access to an array of digital content relating to the flora, fauna and history of the estate through a series of "trails" related to Stan Hywet’s past and present. Specific trails will include a Bird Trail (bird icon), a Wildlife Trail (fox icon), a Garden Trail (flo...

Since we can't welcome everyone for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, we're  featuring on Friday some history of egg hunts on ...
04/08/2020
How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dye from Ingredients in Your Kitchen

Since we can't welcome everyone for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, we're featuring on Friday some history of egg hunts on the estate in the late 50s. In 1958, the “egg committee” at Stan Hywet vegetable dyed hard-boiled eggs for the egg hunt. Why not try natural dyes? There are many resources online (one is below) to get you started.

We know that going to the supermarket is its own project right now, but you may have some orange peels in the 'fridge, or coffee or turmeric in the cabinet.
https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/a42326/dyeing-easter-eggs/

#StayHealthy #StaySafe #StayHome

It's easy, fun, and affordable!

04/06/2020

Are you renewing your license plates soon? Get the Stan Hywet license plate online. It's another way to support the estate. #staysafe #stayhealthy #stayhome

Today's #history post is a map illustrating the Akron boundary in 1921, and it also shows the location of a majority of ...
04/03/2020

Today's #history post is a map illustrating the Akron boundary in 1921, and it also shows the location of a majority of the rubber companies at the time. It's part of our WINDS OF CHANGE exhibit. #VisitFromHome #MuseumFromHome #akronhistory #rubbercapitaloftheworld

THANK YOU to The North American Reciprocal Museum Association for featuring the virtual tour of the Manor House 1st floo...
04/03/2020

THANK YOU to The North American Reciprocal Museum Association for featuring the virtual tour of the Manor House 1st floor!

Virtual Tour
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Akron, Ohio
www.stanhywet.org

Built between 1912 and 1915, Stan Hywet Hall is one of the finest examples of the American Country Estate movement, which flourished during the Industrial Age. Tour the first floor of the Stan Hywet Manor House in this online experience.

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=dc78cKmNM2J

Thursday evening edition of #whatsinbloom from Brian Gregory and Shelley Funai in Hort:April showers have brought some b...
04/02/2020

Thursday evening edition of #whatsinbloom from Brian Gregory and Shelley Funai in Hort:

April showers have brought some beautiful flowers.It is always a sure sign of spring when the forsythia bloom along the "Well." Along the Birch Tree Allee, Cornelian-Cherry Dogwood continues to bloom against the bark of the birch trees. Yellow and mauve Hellebores, or Lenten Roses are blooming in the Great Garden.Daffodils are in bloom. And the Star Magnolia are blooming!

So many early spring flowers are yellow; they brighten up *every* spring day. #VisitFromHome

Good morning, Akron.#whatsinbloom #VisitFromHome #forsythiasThanks, Brian Gregory, for the beautiful photo!
04/02/2020

Good morning, Akron.
#whatsinbloom #VisitFromHome #forsythias
Thanks, Brian Gregory, for the beautiful photo!

It's Wed. and time for VIRTUAL SEIBERLING EXPLORERS. We're highlighting one of the loudest, yet tiniest creatures you'll...
04/01/2020
Stan Hywet Interactive Trails - Google My Maps

It's Wed. and time for VIRTUAL SEIBERLING EXPLORERS. We're highlighting one of the loudest, yet tiniest creatures you'll find on the property: the spring peeper!

Open the map, mouse over the fox (wildlife) pin, then click, so next time you’re on the estate, you’ll know what (or who) you’re listening to. ENJOY!
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I5IwlgCSNPrTR2Ej1a4T8qnG7mT3jkS0&usp=sharing
#VisitFromHome #VirtualSeiberlingExplorers

This interactive map gives you access to an array of digital content relating to the flora, fauna and history of the estate through a series of "trails" related to Stan Hywet’s past and present. Specific trails will include a Bird Trail (bird icon), a Wildlife Trail (fox icon), a Garden Trail (flo...

Right now, at just before 10am on April 1, we'd be gathering our staff for a group photo to welcome our first guests of ...
04/01/2020

Right now, at just before 10am on April 1, we'd be gathering our staff for a group photo to welcome our first guests of the 2020 season. Not this year (sigh).
#staysafe #stayhealthy #stayhome

Thinking about applying to be an exhibitor at Ohio Mart in October?  Because of the Coronavirus pandemic and all the unc...
03/31/2020

Thinking about applying to be an exhibitor at Ohio Mart in October? Because of the Coronavirus pandemic and all the uncertainties, we're EXTENDING the application & payment deadlines. Applications are now due by 4/30. Visit the O. Mart pg for more info:
https://www.stanhywet.org/ohio-mart

And if you've already applied, THANK YOU!

03/30/2020
Staging the Manor House Music Room

Before we all started #WFH, the Manor House team staged the 2,700 sq. ft. Music Room for the day that we can open for the 2020 season.

Notice in this video that the team is using as reference a greatly enlarged photo (see photo in comments) of the room taken by Williard Seiberling around 1916, right after the house was finished. The goal is to make the room look just like the room in the photograph. How'd we do?

#MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #stayhealthy #staysafe #stayhome

Today, we're featuring some Stan Hywet history, which comes from our curator, from a letter written by Franklin Seiberli...
03/27/2020

Today, we're featuring some Stan Hywet history, which comes from our curator, from a letter written by Franklin Seiberling on what makes Stan Hywet unique and different from other historic house museums.
Included is a photo, painting with young Franklin -- because we like 'em. #VisitFromHome #staysafe #stayhome

Since our opening is delayed, we'll bring the gardens to you!Look for #whatsinbloom every Thursday. Today's edition feat...
03/26/2020

Since our opening is delayed, we'll bring the gardens to you!

Look for #whatsinbloom every Thursday. Today's edition features mostly good, one bad bloomer. Click on the "Garden Notes" for more info.

YOUR HOMEWORK as you #stayhome: pull out the hairy bittercress in your yard!

On Wednesdays, it's SEIBERLING EXPLORERS. From the comfort of your own home! We're going to post a different kind of vir...
03/25/2020
Stan Hywet Interactive Trails - Google My Maps

On Wednesdays, it's SEIBERLING EXPLORERS. From the comfort of your own home! We're going to post a different kind of virtual tour of SH --- using Google maps.Look for a new themed “pin” each Wed. with interactive content & featuring our landscape, wildlife, birds, gardens and trees. And, when we open, you can use your phone to follow all five themed “trails” in person. Mouse over the hammer pin, click & learn about "The Old Quarry." ENJOY! #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #stayhome

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I5IwlgCSNPrTR2Ej1a4T8qnG7mT3jkS0&usp=sharing

This interactive map gives you access to an array of digital content relating to the flora, fauna and history of the estate through a series of "trails" related to Stan Hywet’s past and present. Specific trails will include a Bird Trail (bird icon), a Wildlife Trail (fox icon), a Garden Trail (flo...

We're sharing this as a great lunchtime activity from the Kennedy Ctr. for kids & families. You'll need paper, pens or c...
03/24/2020
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

We're sharing this as a great lunchtime activity from the Kennedy Ctr. for kids & families. You'll need paper, pens or crayons. You're invited to Mo Willem's studio for a LUNCH DOODLE. There's a new episode posted ea weekday at 1pm. #staybusy #stayhealthy #stayhome

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and m...

03/23/2020
Tapestry Installation

The Great Hall tapestries are iconic objects in the Manor House; these guest favorites got the “royal treatment” this past winter. When we took them down we needed about 8 people and scaffolding to accomplish this task. After removal, the tapestries were vacuumed to remove built-up dust. We also installed new stretchers so they will hang better. We consulted with Jane Hammond, the Head of Textiles Conservation at ICA - Art Conservation in Cleveland, to make sure they were hung and cleaned with proper conservation techniques. Now that they’re on pulleys, we can tend to them more often. We look forward to showing them to you when we can open for the 2020 season. #VisitFromHome #BehindthesceneatStanHywet

03/23/2020
Tapestry Cleaning

TAPESTRY CLEANING
The tapestry being cleaned is the one that sits behind the Bishop Chest in the Great Hall. Throughout the year dust bunnies, and other debris gathers behind the chest — clinging to the bottom of the tapestry. The collections department uses special vacuums with adjustable speeds to clean delicate pieces of the object collection. The piece of screen is used over fragile threads so they don’t get sucked up into the vacuum, along with the dust and debris. Cleaning a tapestry is a tedious process, but we love making them look fresh and clean for the new season —whenever it begins.

#VisitFromHome #BehindtheSceneatStanHywet

A deeee-lightful HISTORY SNIPPET: We're renovating the Gate Lodge right now, with a new exhibit opening there (we hope!)...
03/20/2020

A deeee-lightful HISTORY SNIPPET: We're renovating the Gate Lodge right now, with a new exhibit opening there (we hope!) on Founders’ Day weekend in June.

Our curator, Julie Frey, shared that the painters and wallpaper hangers in the Gate Lodge are removing 15 yo wallpaper, and also doing some painting and staining throughout the first floor. The goal is to take the rooms back as close to 1935, as is possible.

As they pulled off the wallpaper, they found signatures from past wallpaper hangers, which our work crew said is a very common practice. There were signatures from 1915 when the house was being finished for occupancy by Estate Superintendent William Dennis, and again, in 1928, when Fred and Henrietta must have decided to have new wallpaper hung.

The attached photo shows the signatures, which are very faint. Indeed, it's hard to read, but have a look! Julie did some research and is confident in this transcription:
(in black pencil)
A.R. Cane
Decorator
With
H.S. Clark Co.
Sept 8, 1928
(in blue pencil)
April 6, 1915
W.A. Gardner
Paperhanger
M. O’Neil Co.

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, located in Akron, Ohio, is the former home of F.A. Seiberling, the co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and his family. Completed in 1915, it is one of the most important remaining examples of an American Country Estate built by the wealth created during the Industrial Age at the turn of the twentieth century, when the emergence of modern Americamade Akron the “Rubber Capital of the World.”Since 1957, it has been a historic house museum, open for public tours.

The estate is open 10am-6pm (last entry, 4:30pm) for tours, Tues.-Sun. from April - December; the estate is closed to the public on Mondays, except on Memorial Day and Labor Day, when regular operating hours are in effect. There are also many special events (times may vary) throughout the season, including the annual Easter Egg Hunt, two vintage car shows, a fall artisan craft fair, and Deck the Hall, our holiday event featuring more than one million Christmas lights inside the Manor House and outside in historic gardens and grounds. In addition to the 64,500 sq. foot, 65-room Manor House, the estate includes a conservatory and more than 70 acres of artfully landscaped grounds. It is Akron’s oldest National Historic Landmark and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.