Akron The Summit County Historical Society opens its doors to host holiday tours featuring Victorian era decorations and vintage clothing from the permanent collection Wednesdays through Saturdays until Dec. 21. Guests will be taken back in time as they enter the home of Akron's founding family which sits atop "Mutton Hill."
Volunteer Beth Hauser worked with Society staff to tastefully coordinate decorations as if the Perkins family was still residing in the historic structure, referred to as one of Ohio's best examples of Greek revival architecture. Seventeen volunteers completed the task of draping greenery and lights on three flights of the cantilever staircase and trimming a tree in each room.
Colonel Simon Perkins, the son of Akron's co-founder, his wife Grace Ingersoll Tod, their 11 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.
Complete holiday shopping by attending one of three book signing events on the property featuring local authors Dave Lieberth, Ann Otto and Joanna Wilson. In the Perkins Stone Mansion on Dec. 6 between 1 and 7 p.m., Dave Lieberth will be autographing and personalizing purchases of his book, "Greater Akron: Inventive. Industrious. Inspired." Attendees to the event and to the Society throughout the month of tours may purchase the book at a special discounted rate.
Ann Otto will be in the Mutton Hill Gift Shop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 10 signing and talking about her novel, "Yours in a Hurry." Based on her ancestors in Ohio and California, it is a great read to curl up with during the cold winter.
"How about a fast-paced story that lets you travel to exotic places in the 1910's when California is still a new destination, America is extending its global reach, and men and women are taking to the skies?," suggests the author.
Joanna Wilson, an author and authority on television Christmas movies and shows, will sign her holiday books on Dec. 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Her works will take you back in time with "The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman" and a new book, "The Triple Dog Dare: Watching -- & Surviving -- the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story." Who on your list isn't connected to one of these traditions?
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 recent 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.