I love fall. I love everything about fall, especially all the events in Northeast Ohio when the seasons start to change. This past Saturday, my husband and I went to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron for an event called Ohio Mart. Besides being one of our favorite places to tour, the Hall puts on some of the best events in town. If you don’t know, Stan Hywet Hall is the mansion where the Seiberling family lived. The patriarch, Frank “F.A.” Seiberling co-founded The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron and the family helped shape the Akron community. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is on the northwest side of Akron.
The Manor House was built around the turn of the 20th century. The mansion boasts over 64,500 square feet, 65-rooms, 23 total bathrooms and 23 fireplaces. Stan Hywet originally extended 3,000 acres, and today the grounds include 70 acres, most of which is landscaped gardens.
The year-round events at Stan Hywet include the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, an Easter egg hunt, monthly photography walks, various workshops, and Ohio Mart. This weekend was the 51st Ohio Mart. The annual event is an artisan showcase and major fundraiser for the estate.
We got to the Stan Hywet on Saturday morning as the Manor House opened. We had to pay a $10 admission to get into the Ohio Mart event and the gardens, and could have bought a combo ticket for $16 that included admission into Ohio Mart, the gardens and the Manor House for a self-guided tour. When there are big events going on, all the tours are self-guided. We opted for just the basic $10 admission.
As we walked into the festival, I was so surprised by how many people were in the attendance. There were over 100 craft vendors and close to 20 food vendors. I didn’t realize that the event was going to be as busy was it was. We got some apple cider and started to walk around. It took us almost 3 hours to walk through all the vendor’s tents. There were vendors selling a huge variety of things. Some included real wood pieces, homemade soaps and oils, jewelry, clothes, photography, mixed media artwork, pottery, and food dips.
After we walked through all the vendors, we went through the Japanese and English gardens, which were landscaped for fall and absolutely beautiful. Then, we went and had lunch at the Ohio Mart Café, and had to get an apple fritter before leaving.
I had a great day at Stan Hywet and it is definitely worth the cost of admission to get in, browse local vendors and support Stan Hywet Hall.
Just a side note: If you tour Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, on a day without an event, with your college ID, you pay the price of youth admission.
If you have visited Stan Hywet or if you’ve never heard of it before, let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!
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