Our 2012 Travels travel blog

Former Carriage House Now Visitor Center and Gift Shop

Visitor Center

Map of the Grounds

The Manor House Setting Up For Dancing Under The Stars

The Manor House


Front Door to Manor House

Patio Outside Manor House

Back Yard

uBack Yard

Bird House

Back of the Manor House

Lily Pond


You can see another wing of the Manor House to the right

West Overlook

Japanese Garden

Mary in Japanese Garden

Lee in Japanese Garden

Birch Tree Allee Vista Path

Birch Tree Vista and Tea Houses

Rose Garden

The Great Garden

The Great Garden

Tea House

Butterfly on our Path

Great Garden

Great Garden

Lee with Conservatory in the Background

Grape Arbor leading to the Conservatory

The Conservatory

Citrus is the present theme

Around the Conservatory

Inside the Conservatory

Fountain and Wall of Plants

Info Sign

Inside Conservatory




Pink Powder Puff

Pink Powder Puff



Stained Glass by Bob Pozarsk

Glass Among the Plants







Butterfly House

Life Cycle of a Butterfly




This guy liked my blouse

We decided to go see another concert at Cuyahoga Valley National Park tonight. Since Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens were near the park, we thought it would be a great day to visit them. It took a little longer than we thought to drive over, but we still had enough time to tour the manor house and gardens.

The former Carriage House is now the Visitors' Center and Gift Shop for Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. It is an impressive structure all by itself and is the starting place for tours!

It is hard to give a real impression of how large this manor house is in pictures because you cannot get the whole house in a picture no matter where you stand. The house is not just a rectangle as it seems to appear from the front. It has 64,500 square feet and includes 65 rooms with 23 fireplaces and 23 bathrooms!

The house is the former estate of Franklin (F.A.) Seiberling. F. A. and his brother, C. W. Seiberling co-founded The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. In 1916 it was the world's largest tire manufacturer and had turned Akron, Ohio into the "rubber capital of the world". The F.A. Seiberling family lived in the Manor House from 1915 to 1955 when it was donated to a non-profit organization so that all of us could come visit!

The entrance to the home and that was the end of our pictures because they were not allowed inside. We could have taken a guided tour of the manor which we would have loved but we were afraid we would be late for the concert because of the size of the gardens and we wanted to see them too. So, we chose to take the self-guided tour and it still took us over an hour to tour the inside of the Manor. It reminded us very much of Tudor Castles that we've toured in Europe. It was pretty dark in places because the furnishings and decor was all done in Tudor Revival. There were lots of rooms with tons of windows - in fact, walls of them and those were brighter but the decor still kept it looking like you were living in a castle. It didn't look too comfortable but it did look grand!

The estate is called Stan Hywet which is Old English for stone quarry. There is a stone quarry on the property and it is the most prominent natural feature.

This is why you can't get a picture of the whole place - there are additions that slant off to the side like this one

! From the back yard of the Manor House, we walked down to the West Overlook.

After we toured the gardens of the Stan Hywet Estate, we walked the shaded path of the Grape Arbor and wandered down to the Citrus Conservatory. The conservatory was lovely and had great information about growing citrus and the history of citrus. It also had a wonderful exhibit of hand blown glass by Bob Pozarski on display. Bob Pozarski is an instructor and studio artist from Peninsula Art Academy. Bob was asked to add color to an exhibit of citrus trees under glass at the conservatory. Dozens of citrus colored glass orbs hang from the ceiling and his vases share space with the plant. We loved the leaded glass windows too!

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