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.

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 Stranahan's, 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.


Tea in the Manor House (2024) [Details]

Behind the Scenes (2024) [Details

Introducing Discovery Days

Wildwood Preserve, Manor House
Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (February and March)
Fridays, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (April through September)
No Reservations Required, Free

Each month is themed and offers self-guided activities exploring a different nature, science, history or art topic. Children of all ages are invited.

February: Fishy February

Rental Information 




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5100 W. Central Ave. 
Toledo, OH 43615 


Manor House Tours,

Winter Hours are February and March, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sundays, Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April through September. No reservations required. The house is closed to the public in October in preparations for Eerie Manor and Zombie Prom and November in preparations for Holidays at the Manor House.

Tea in the Manor House

  • May 3, Thank You for Being a Friend Tea
  • August 2, A Salute to Service
  • October 4, Spooky Tea

Cost: $15
Reservations begin April 1.

For reservations or information call (419) 407-9790. 

A Cup of Christmas Tea TBD

Noon Tunes [Details]

Rentals within Manor House

For rental information you can email or call  
(419) 407-9784.

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.

Capacity: Standard maximum capacity per each room.

Table/Chair Details

Photography Options and Requested Rental Tours:

Guided historical tours. $20. Must be requested before the event date.  

One-Hour Photography Sessions. $25; additional hours are subject to room rental rates. Available by appointment only. Must be booked 30 or more days in advance. Please call 419-407-9784 to inquire on availability. 



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