Here’s your opportunity to experience a fun, holiday season day trip to a notable Northeast Ohio manor house where you can partake of an elegant tea served in a historic setting. Just make reservations to attend Stan Hywet Hall and Garden’s annual Holiday Tea being offered on Saturday, December 5 in Akron, Ohio.
Named for the Old English words for “hewn stone,” Stan Hywet Hall is a 65-room Tudor style mansion built in 1912 by F. A. Seiberling and his wife, Gertrude. Designed after several British mansions by Cleveland architect Charles Sumner Schneider, the mansion took 4 years to complete at a cost of $150,000. Today, Stan Hywet Hall is a National Historic Landmark and it is the 7th largest house in the United States.
The Holiday Tea event includes a tea luncheon, an Aeolian Organ Concert by Todd Wilson ( in the Manor House Music Room), a presentation on “Christmas with the Seiberlings” by great great granddaughter Harriet Chapman and after the luncheon, a self-guided tour of the Manor House featuring over 20 rooms that will be all decorated in holiday splendor. Menu items for the tea include mini scones with Devonshire cream, preserves and butter, smoked cheddar cheese spread with sliced apples on egg bread, turkey with cranberry spread on sourdough bread, beef tenderloin with Dijon mustard spread on honey wheat bread, peppermint brownies, chocolate mousse tartlet with strawberries, Holiday Cutout Sugar Cookies and plenty of hot tea.
Hours for the Holiday Tea are 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.. Tickets are $100 per person. Reservations are required. Parking is free. For more information about the Holiday Tea or about Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, call 888-836-5533 or get online at www.stanhywet.org.
Stan Hywet Hall is located at 714 N. Portage Path in Akron, Ohio. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.