For Father’s Day we went to the 60th Annual Classic, Antique & Collectors Car Show at Stan Hywet. Both Natty Guy, a nephew and my father-in-law are dedicated car enthusiasts and it had been quite a few years since any of us attended this event! Late morning we gathered up the group of us (12 in all) and walked over to the Seiberling estate, set smack-dab in the middle of a gorgeous west Akron neighborhood. The weather held out and we were able to see a wide array of cars from 1915-era Full Classics to cars from the 1990’s.
Car Show Highlights
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Construction on the F. A. Sieberling Mansion was completed in 1915 by the founder of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and his wife and it’s considered to be one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America.
The manor house cost $150,000 to build (a bargain, right?) and is 64,500 square feet. About 95% of the furnishings are original to the estate and home features 23 fireplaces and extensive, hand-carved paneling of oak and black walnut. The Seiberlings lived in Stan Hywet Hall for 40 years and entertained notable celebrities of the time like Will Rogers and Shirley Temple.
The 70 acre property boasts lovely gardens, a conservatory, a gate lodge and carriage house. Stan Hywet is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday from 11-4 am. They host a number of special events such as LightNights (a laser light show), a Shakespeare Festival and their Deck the Hall Christmas event.
If you are visiting CLE, be sure to add Stan Hywet as a potential stop on your itinerary – it’s the Downton Abbey of NEO and sheds great insight on Akron’s days as “The Rubber Capital of the World”.
For another fun Ohio outing, check out The Wilds in this post!