Release Date: July 9,2017
A free day of fun is on tap for families who visit the home of Akron’s founding family on Saturday, July 15.
The Summit County Historical Society’s annual “Family Fun Day” celebrates the organization’s 93rd anniversary of preserving and exhibiting Summit County’s rich history to the public.
The grounds of the Perkins Stone Mansion will be open from noon to 4 pm. Children will enjoy seeing the flock of sheep maintaining the mansion’s grounds this summer as Simon Perkins’ flocks did in the 1840’s. There will be herding demonstrations by Edie Steiner with her border collies Modibo, Rudy and Lincoln, and games on the lawn for children of all ages. There are free craft projects for kids - carding wool, and making a small sheep.
Visitors will be able to “sample” tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion at no cost - guided tours will be available every 15 minutes from noon to 3:30 pm. The John Brown House will be open as well, from noon to 4 pm.
Food, beverages and musical entertainment round out the afternoon, with special exhibits from Akron-Summit County Public Library and Summit County Public Health.
There is no admission charge. Parking is free in nearby lots: on Diagonal Road at Copley Road behind the John Brown House, and at the nearby Five Points Shopping Center. Handicap Parking is available at the Perkins Mansion lot on South Portage Path.
Family Fun Day
Simon Perkins Stone Mansion
550 Copley Road
Saturday, July 15, 12:00pm – 4:00pmFree admission to all families
Free admission to all families
Free parking nearby
For more information: Leianne Neff Heppner, Leianne@summithistory.org, 330.535.1120