Self-Guided Tours only

Founders' Day Weekend

June 7-9

Founders' Day Weekend recognizes the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous on Mother's Day 1935 in the Gate Lodge at Stan Hywet.

Honor the 84th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which started with a meeting on Mother's Day, 1935 in the Gate Lodge between two admitted alcoholics, Bill W. and Dr. Bob. A meeting that was supposed to last minutes lasted hours and became the underpinnings of a movement that continues to help millions worldwide.

Guests are invited to participate in Founders' Day activities and visit the Gate Lodge and learn about its significance as the birthplace of AA.

Friday June 7 and Saturday, June 8

  • Complimentary admission to the Gate Lodge
  • Free parking on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and June 8 on the Great Meadow.
  • Enjoy live music presented by Rock N Recovery powered by 91.3 The Summit
  • Leave your personal story in the Reflections Tent journal
  • Enjoy lunchtime fare from Molly's
  • Gate Lodge memorabilia will be for sale near the Gate Lodge, including the book, The Gate Lodge: A New Beginning, written and edited by Stan Hywet staff.

Saturday June 8

  • Free shuttle on Saturday, June 8 to/from Stan Hywet and the Founders' Day activities at the University of Akron.​
  • At 1 pm, participate in a free program of Yoga for 12-Step Recovery, presented by certified Y12SR and RYT-200 instructor, Ann Durr.

From time to time, photos will be taken of guests visiting Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. We reserve the right to use these photos for communication, promotional and marketing purposes.