Tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion featuring Home for the Holidays with Victorian era decorations and vintage clothing from the permanent collection start November 29. Guests will be taken back in time as they enter the home of Akron’s founding family which sits atop “Mutton Hill.” Tours are available Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. until December 23.
Society volunteers worked to decorate a tree in each room and bring light to the three story cantilever staircase that runs from the first floor entrance to the third floor hall. Colonel Simon Perkins, the son of Akron’s co-founder, his wife Grace Ingersoll Tod, their eleven children and ancestors resided in and later used the home for summer retreats from the time of its construction in 1837 until 1945. With assistance from the residents in Akron and Summit County, the Society purchased ten acres and the house from the family in 1945 for its headquarters.
All tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion are guided and include the opportunity to hear a holiday tune played on the Society’s Stella music box, a gift from Ann Reeves Burton and Bob Burton, along with a walk through the John Brown House, the home rented by the abolitionist who gave his life trying to end slavery in the United States and sparked a civil war.
Photo by: Charlotte Gintert