The Manor House

The Wildwood Manor House is a Toledo icon and the centerpiece of the beautiful estate grounds now known as Wildwood Preserve Metropark.

The Georgian Colonial home is open for free tours and hosts a variety of cultural and historical events, including popular monthly Teas hosted by the Manor House Volunteers. With more than 30,000 total square feet, the Manor House is a one of a kind property used in part today as the headquarters for the Metroparks district. The house, or specific rooms, can also be rented for weddings, meetings and other private functions. 


Programs

The Manor House and estate are home to many educational and cultural programs throughout the year, some of which are listed below.

HOLIDAYS IN THE MANOR HOUSE
For over 30 years local volunteers have decorated the Manor House for the holiday season. Come enjoy the festivities the first full week of December.

COLLECTIBLES
This program highlights the best in personal collecting. It is open to the public and held the 4th Tuesday of the month in March, April, May, September, October, and November. Arrive at 9:30 am to enjoy free muffins and refreshments, program begins at 10 am.

TEA IN THE MANOR HOUSE
Step back to a more peaceful setting and enjoy tea with us on the first Friday of the months of April through November—excluding July. A limited number of reservations are available by calling ahead. Stranleigh was the name that the Stranahan family, who lived in the house, gave to their stately mansion.

MUSIC IN THE GRAND MANOR
Every April and October the house comes alive with instrumental and vocal favorites. Following the concert, enjoy the Manor House’s popular salad buffet.

BGSU TUESDAY EVENING CONCERTS
These concerts include a variety of musical genres. Please check the program guide and website or call for dates, times and scheduled performers.


History of Manor House & Estate

The first half of the 20th century proved an uncertain, but exciting time in American history. From the turn of the century through the 1920s, the United States fostered unbelievable economic and industrial growth. Inventors and innovators introduced the world to amazing new concepts in the fields of transportation and energy. As bright and promising as those times were, the Great Depression and war years that followed equaled them in despair and foreboding. The prosperous years allowed men of genius and vision to accumulate incredible wealth and influence, while the lean times tested these new American leaders.

During this era, amazing industrial accomplishments transformed Toledo and northwest Ohio into leaders in the country’s good times, but left the region in desperate circumstances when the Depression hit. The story of one prominent Toledo family, the Stranahans, encapsulates these times and continues to shed light on how the country went from economic feast to famine; and finally emerged to lead the world through the remainder of the 20th century.

Founders of Champion Spark Plug Company, brothers R.A. and F.D. Stranahan became wealthy beyond their greatest imagination and then used their money and influence to help see Toledo and the nation through the troubling times of the Great Depression and World War II. R.A. Stranahan’s impressive mansion and sprawling estate, now Wildwood Preserve, stand as a testament to the great business success the brothers enjoyed.

The existence of Wildwood today is the result of a citizens' campaign in the mid-1970s to preserve the property as a public park. The issue was placed on the ballot and won the support of the voters—and the hearts of generations of visitors.

Park—Wildwood

Wedding Times: Saturday-only Rental: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: $1,500 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: $1,000 Friday evening and Saturday Rental: Friday 6 to 9 p.m. for set-up and/or rehearsal PLUS Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: $1,800 Friday 6 to 9 p.m. for set-up and/or rehearsal PLUS Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: $1,300 Friday Evening, Saturday and Sunday morning Rental: Friday 6 to 9 p.m. for set-up and/or rehearsal PLUS Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. PLUS Sunday 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for clean-up and pick up items: $2,000. For reservations call (419) 407-9784

Wedding Fees: Add an outdoor ceremony with any package for $250. Have your ceremony in the beauty of the outdoors with the peace of mind of the options to move your wedding indoors. Wedding chairs can be rented at an additional fee by calling (419) 407-9784.

Features and Amenities—The Manor House

Tenting the Patio: Add a tent over the back patio of the Manor House to increase the size of your event. Tenting available through Meredith Party Rentals at an additional cost.

Address

5100 W. Central Ave. 
Toledo, OH 43615
 


Tour Hours

JANUARY–MARCH: 
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

APRIL–OCTOBER:  
Tuesday through Friday and Sunday,
noon to 5 p.m.

The House is closed the first week of each month, April through November, except in July for Tea in the Manor House.

NOVEMBER–DECEMBER:
Closed

Rental Open Houses

If you have considered renting the Manor House for your wedding or other event, come to an open house the first or third Monday of each month, January-October, from 4 to 6 p.m. Learn about the options and see how the Manor House can be the perfect venue for your special day

 

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