As you stroll through Meadowbrook Hall this holiday season, visitors of all ages will be taken back to relive treasured memories with family and friends. Remember life before iPads and Xbox? From card games to board games, Tinker Toys to Lincoln Logs, and even a rare carved-ivory chess set owned by the Wilson family, join the 40th annual Holiday Walk and go “unplugged” to celebrate “The Games People Played.”
Meadow Brook Hall is one of America’s greatest estate homes, an icon of the automotive aristocracy, and the home of the founders of Oakland University. Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home of one the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, her second husband Alfred Wilson, a lumber broker and their four children, Frances and Danny Dodge, and Richard and Barbara Wilson. It exists as an indirect product of the achievements and good fortune of her first husband, automotive pioneer John F. Dodge, co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company who quickly prospered in the burgeoning auto industry before his tragic death in 1920, leaving Matilda one of the world’s wealthiest women. This fortune not only built one of America’s finest residences and country estates, it also supported numerous Detroit charities and organizations, and made possible the founding of Oakland University. Meadow Brook Hall was built during the country place era, a time when wealthy American industrialists pursued rural life in settings of great beauty. It represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America and is especially renowned for it superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale of 88,000 square feet. Carefully preserved with original family furnishings and art, the 110-room mansion is elaborately detailed with carved wood and stone, ornate plaster ceilings, Tiffany stained glass, custom made hardware, and filled with fine and decorative art. Although the interiors reflect various historic styles, the house is equipped with every “modern” amenity appropriate to the active lifestyle of the Wilson’s and their children.
When: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Cost: $7.50 for students and $14.50 for adults
Where: 480 S Adams Road
Rochester, MI 48309
Park in Parking lot #61 (parking is free)
The group will meet in the courtyard room to distribute wristbands/tickets. You must arrive no later than 10:50 am to receive your wristbands and enter. Late attendees cannot be accommodated and will forfeit any money paid for the field trip. A coatroom will be available.
For families with young children: Much of the mansion is not accessible by stroller.
The holiday tour is set up as a self guided tour. There will be a host in each of the rooms, to give historical details about the rooms, events, decorations, etc.
For more information, please visit the Meadow Brook Hall website. Click on the visit tab at top, then Christmas walk tab for pictures and more details.
Field Trip Coordinator: Dunya Dubovenko may be contacted at email@example.com