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.
Manor House Tour Dates
Sundays and Wednesday through Fridays, April through October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No Reservations Required, Free
Enjoy a free guided tour of this over 30,000 square foot, Depression‑era home and learn about the region's rich history. After touring the Manor House, save time to walk through the Ellen Biddle Shipman Gardens or walk the trails through the spectacular grounds of Wildwood Preserve. Visitors must wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. No pre-reservations required. Tour size is limited to 10 participants inside the house. No Reservations Required. Free
2022 Manor House Tea Season
The cost for tea is $10 with extra menus items at .75 cents. Fee includes two sandwiches and two desserts along with tea, lemonade and water.
Prepaid reservations are required from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. is open seating and is on a first come, first serve basis. There will be sign-up sheet posted on the Manor House Front Door for the 12:45pm-2:15pm seating promptly at 8:30 a.m., however, this is not a requirement to be seated. Prepaid reservations can be made by calling 419-407-9790.
Supported by the Manor House Executive Board. All funds raised contribute to ongoing restoration of the Manor House.
5100 W. Central Ave.
Toledo, OH 43615
Manor House Tours, Sundays, Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April through October. No reservations required. The house is closed to the public in November in preparations for Holidays at the Manor House.
Sensory Manor House Tours, occurs on the 15th of each month, February through September, 11 a.m.t o 5 p.m.
Tea in the Manor House (August, September and October). For reservations or information call (419) 407-9790. There will not be a Holiday Tea in 2022.
Music in the Grand Manor (every April and October) For reservations or information call (419) 407-9790. Cancelled for 2022, but is scheduled to resume in 2023.
Noon Tunes for a complete line up visit our Music in Green Spaces page.
Rentals within Manor House
For rental information you can email or call
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.