Self-Guided Tours only

Founders' Day Weekend

June 10-12


Honor the 87th 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 visiting for Founders’ Day Weekend activities receive free admission to the Gate Lodge. Tour the immersive exhibit, Henrietta Seiberling: A Spark for a Movement.

  • Enjoy live music provided by Rock+Recovery, powered by 91.3 The Summit.
  • Molly’s Shop sells commemorative Gate Lodge mementos.
  • Molly’s Café offers salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, soft drinks and sweet treats.
  • SATURDAY ONLY, 10am-5pm: Complimentary Stan Hywet bus service from University of Akron activities to Stan Hywet and the Gate Lodge.

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.