News & Events
Founded in 1924, the Summit County Historical Society is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Their mission 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.
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Perkins Stone Mansion Tours
This year's Civil War 150 exhibit in the Perkins Stone Mansion features the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion are available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm from April 3rd through November 1st excluding holidays. Appointments for Tuesday and Saturday tours must be made in advance. Prices are $6 per adult, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children 17 and under. Group rates are available. As always, members of the Summit County Historical Society may tour the property free of charge.
John Brown Open Houses
The John Brown House and Summit Hall of Honor will be open to the public on May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22 and September 26 from 4-6 p.m. at no cost.
The Summit County Historical Society has again partnered with Metro Parks, Serving Summit County to bring history hikes to the community. These hikes are free and open to the public, but reservations must be made ahead of time. All hikes leave from the Akron History Exhibit at Lock 3. This year's hikes include:
Skywalk Tour Downtown (Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.)
Trolley Tour of Glendale Cemetery (Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7 p.m.)
Cascade Locks to Mustill Store (Monday, June 17, 2013 at 7 p.m.)
Walking Tour of Glendale Cemetery Featuring War of 1812 Soldiers (Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 7 p.m.)
Akron's Historic District on Main (Monday, August 26, at 7 p.m.)
Trolley Tour of 2012 Architectural Heritage Award Winners (Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Join us for a trolley tour to honor our 2012 Architectural Heritage Award winners. This tour is a collaborative program with the Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron. The trolley will drive by the following sites: Merriman Road in Akron to view the Architecture of Roy G. Firestone, the home of Jack and Sara Jeter on Merriman Road in Akron (Superior Residential Preservation), Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (Merit Award for Adaptive Reuse), The Peninsula United Method Church (Visual Impact of Community Identity), Countryside Conservancy and National Park Service in Peninsula (Community Education and Advocacy), Joseph Vance's Home on Hawkins Street in Akron (Stewardship Maintenance) and The Akron Bar Association (Adaptive Reuse and Sensitive Addition). Meet at Akrona Gallery (1765 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313) at 9 a.m. for donuts and coffee. Seating is limited to 30 people and the cost of this tour is $10 per person. Please call 330.535.1120 to make a reservation.
150 Civil War Commemorative (Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Visit us on the properties of the Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House for free tours, a Civil War encampment and drills performed by re-enactors of the 29th OVI and live music on the mansion's front porch. This event is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair and join in the fun!
10th Annual Rubber City Road Rally (Saturday, September 14, 2013)
This event requires reservations. Stay tuned for more details!
War of 1812 Commemorative (Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 1-4 p.m.)
This event will be held on the Perkins Stone Mansions grounds. At 2 p.m. a recognition ceremony for the War of 1812 Soldiers from Summit County will be held by the William Wetmore Chapter of the Daughters of 1812.
Haunted and Paranormal Events
The Haunted and Paranormal Events are held in the Perkins Stone Mansion. Attendees must be at least 16 years of age (No Exceptions). Make sure to bring a flashlight and your camera! Reservations are required for all haunted and paranormal events. Special Halloween Events are To Be Determined
Lights Out Psychic Paranormal Tours (Friday, October 25, 6:30- 8 p.m. and 8:30-10 p.m.)
Take a tour of the mansion with angel reader and psychic, Laura Lyn, to capture orbs, shapes and shadows and learn what they mean.
Lights Out Paranormal Tours (Saturday, October 26, Tours begin at 7 p.m.)
Join us if you dare for an all lights-out tour of the Perkins Stone Mansion where our guides will share stories from the house that will may your imagination run wild!
Paranormal Pizza Party and Murder Mystery Dinners
Book the Perkins Stone Mansion for your own private party for a night of fun, dining and entertainment. Prices vary and events can accommodate from 8-30 people.
Women's History Project of Greater Akron 30th Anniversary Luncheon (Friday, November 22, 2013)
Details to be announced.
Holiday Tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion
The Perkins Stone Mansion will be open for holiday tours from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from December 4th to December 21st. Prices are $6 per adult, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children 17 and under. As always, members of the Summit County Historical Society may tour the property free of charge.
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