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The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio

The Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House are now open for the 2016 tour season!

Architectural Heritage Awards

The 2016 Architectural Heritage Awards will be presented on Saturday, May; 7th. This program, a collaboration with Progress Through Preservation of Greater Akron, will be held at the Merriman (formerly the Sumner Home for the Aged) at 209 Merriman Road. It will start with a brunch at 10:00 a.m. followed by the awards presentation. Afterwards, guests may tour a portion of the original mansion built in 1917 for Harry H. Gibbs, President of the Buckeye Sewer Pipe Company.

Award winners for the program include the following:

  • Franklin Family Farm (Bath)
  • "The Foundry" (Cuyahoga Falls)
  • Hudson Guest House (Hudson)
  • The Triangle Building- County of Summit
  • Preservation House
  • Hall House Residence (Stephen & Janice Brown)
  • Hower House Carriage House exhibit

History Within Reach

Founded in 1924, the mission of Summit County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 corporation, is to preserve and interpret the history of Summit County and Akron, and to educate regional communities about the people and events that have shaped our rich history. The Society owns and manages several properties including the Perkins Stone Mansion, home of Akron's founding family; John Brown House, home of the internationally recognized abolitionist; and Old Stone School in downtown Akron - a partnership with Akron Public Schools. Two of the properties are open to visitors, the John Brown Home and the Perkins Stone Mansion. The Summit County Historical Society is a member of the Akron Area Arts Alliance, The Ohio Local History Alliance, and The American Association for State and Local History.