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Join us on September 27, 2014 as Dark Shadow Ghost Tours takes you on a historical, behind the scenes tour of Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio.
About Stan Hywet:
At the turn of the 20th century, the Industrial Revolution was transforming the very fabric of our nation, fueled by the genius and entrepreneurial spirit of innovators and visionaries like F.A. Seiberling. In 1898 he created The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in partnership with his brother C.W., naming it not for himself, but for Charles Goodyear, the man who actually invented the vulcanization process that made it possible for the company to grow. Goodyear Tire & Rubber soon became the world’s largest rubber company and it wasn’t long before the City of Akron became the “Rubber Capital of the World.”
As Goodyear was on the rise, F.A. Seiberling and his wife Gertrude needed more space for their family to gather and grow. The answer was Stan Hywet Hall and it was virtually the house that rubber built.
Built between 1912 and 1915, Stan Hywet Hall was one of the finest examples of the American Country Estate movement, which flourished during the Industrial Age. Unlike European country houses that were created by generations of title and wealth, the American Country Estates were built by the wealth of self-made industry giants. Vanderbilt’s Biltmore, Rockefeller’s Kykuit, and Hearst’s San Simeon, are well-known examples. England provided the inspiration for the Tudor Revival Style Manor House and service buildings, and also prompted the name of Seiberling’s estate. Stan Hywet, is Old English for stone quarry, the property’s most prominent natural feature when the land was purchased.
Stan Hywet is Akron’s first and largest National Historic Landmark, and is also the nation’s 6th largest Historic Home open to the public. It is an accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums, one of only 26 in Ohio and of only 776 in all of the United States. The Estate includes five historic buildings and eight historic gardens on 70 acres. The Collections and furnishings in the Manor House are all original to the Estate.
Throughout their lifetimes, the Seiberling’s set an unparalleled example for their large family who made the choice in 1957 to carry forward their parents’ generosity by gifting Stan Hywet to the Akron community. Now we are following the example set by F.A., Gertrude and their heirs as we usher it forward for the benefit of future generations. Above the Manor House entryway, the crest bearing the motto “Non Nobis Solum” (Not for Us Alone), welcomes guests as warmly today as it did a century ago.
Your Ticket Price will Include:
Tour Souvenir Photo
Transportation from Fab Limousine in Youngstown
$10 towards your meal at Spaghetti Warehouse (Where we will stop on the way home)
Entered to win door prizes
We will have games on the bus for chances to win even more goodies.
We will meet at Fab Limousine at 11:15 am where you can leave your vehicle. The bus will leave for Stan Hywet at 12:15 pm. Once we arrive, we will break up into groups to take the behind the scenes mansion tour. If you are not on the mansion tour, you are free to roam the estate and tour other parts of the Estate. We have a group reservation at Spaghetti Warehouse at 5 pm. After dinner we will board the bus and head back to Youngtown.
There is no age restriction on this tour.
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Dark Shadow Ghost Tours are designed to provide historical, educational, and paranormal related entertainment to all guests. Yes, when you go on a tour with us, you are our guest for the evening and we will do everything in our power to treat you as a guest.