Summit County Historical Society
550 Copley Road
Akron, Ohio 44320
Perkins Stone Mansion – historic house museum
Open: April – December Wednesday – Friday from 1 – 3 p.m.; special events and by group tour arrangement
Members are always free; $6.00 adults; $4.00 seniors; $2.00 students
John Brown House and Summit Awards Hall of Honor
Open: May – September on the 4th Thursday from 4-6 p.m. or by group tour arrangement
Between 1835 and 1837, Col. Perkins and his wife, Grace, built a large stone house one mile outside Akron, the town his father had helped co-found in 1825 along the Ohio and Erie Canal. The family set up a self-sustaining farm with large vegetable and floral gardens, cattle, horses and sheep giving the property its nickname of Mutton Hill. The care of sheep and sale of their wool, Merino and Saxony, provided a partnership between Perkins and abolitionist John Brown, later known for his raid on Harper's Ferry in an attempt to end slavery in the United States. Brown rented the house across the street where he and his family resided at times between 1844 and 1854.
Both houses are located at the corner of the old stagecoach route and the Portage Path, a Native American route between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers that was also a boundary to prevent European migration into Indian land. The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio, like the Perkins family it represents, collaborates within the community to form partnerships with The City of Akron, the County of Summit and a number of organizations in the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
This institution is #80a on the locator map.