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The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio

2018 Tour Season

We will reopen for tours on April 4, 2018. The cost for self guided tours is $8 for adults and $2 for students. Self guided tours are available Wednesday-Saturday from 1-4pm. The cost for guided tours is $12. Guided tours are now by appointment only.

2018 Woman of the Year Awards

2018 winners
Janice Stahl - Inspiration
Lashawrida L. Fellows - Perseverance
Kathy Schedley Pingstock - Courage
Carol A. Eubank - Innovation
Allyson Strickland - Woman to Watch
Lanie Ward - Integrity
Carla Weiss - Faith

Click here to view the list of past recipients.

Click here to nominate an individual for the 2019 Woman of the Year Awards.

Architectural Heritage Award Nominations

The nomination application for the 2018 Architectural Heritage Awards is now available.

Sheep Graze Again At Perkins Mansion

"Mutton Hill" is the name that residents of 19th century Akron gave to Perkins' 150-acre farm, known for its 1,500 sheep that were reputed to produce some of the finest wool in the world. The Society is collaborating with The Spicy Lamb Farm of Peninsula to bring the sheep to the mansion grounds. Owner Laura DeYoung Minnig, who is also the Executive Director of Urban Shepherds, says "I'm excited to promote urban sheep grazing as a cost-saving and environmental alternative to mowing, while educating youth and recruiting future shepherds."

In 1844, Col. Simon Perkins employed abolitionist John Brown to tend the flock of Merino sheep. Brown lived with his family in the 2-room house at Diagonal and Copley Roads, and traveled to Europe to promote the Perkins-Brown partnership. "We want to interpret the importance of agriculture in Summit County's growth and development before it became a manufacturing center," says Society CEO Leianne Neff Heppner. For generations of the Perkins family lived at the Stone Mansion estate. Ohio was a major producer of mutton and wool in the 19th century. All of the soldiers in the Civil War wore wool uniforms. Lieberth says sheep dog herding demonstrations, craft activities for children, fiber art, and wool spinning will also engage visitors to the properties this summer.

Click here to listen to our Board Chair, Dave Lieberth, talk about our Mutton Hill sheep on 1590 WAKR (from 7/15/2016).

Click here to learn more about our sheep.

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.