Owned and operated by the Ruth Mott Foundation, Applewood is now bringing Ruth Mott’s dream a reality by inviting the public for free tours of the beautiful estate. The home of Charles Stewart Mott, Applewood Estate, is celebrating its 100th anniversary on June 23, and now the public will be able to experience a valuable part of Flint’s history.
The centennial events planned for 2016 begins with the Grand Opening on Thursday, May 5 at 12:30pm, with an unveiling ceremony for Applewood Estate’s historic marker. Applewood is increasing public access to four days a week, from Thursday to Sunday, from May 5 to October 30. All events, activities, and exhibits are free all season long.
With the guided tours the house and the outdoor gardens, there are also new historical exhibits. The new, interactive and engaging exhibits are at different stations throughout the estate, including the house, garage, barn, and chicken coop, covering the history of the Mott family, as well as information about apples and other plants. The garden tours will be guided by horticulturalists, so guests will be able to learn about all the plants and flowers that grow on the 34 acres. No reservations are required for the garden tours.
Built in 1916, Applewood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979; the Mott’s lived at the estate until 1999. Some of the modern amenities and details of the house are still part of their historic collections, as they documented pieces inside the house until Mrs. Mott passed away in 1999.
House tours are available with reservations for small groups, and of the 21 rooms, involve only the first floor of the house. Scavenger hunts will also be available at the Visitor Services desk.
Calendar of Events
May 5-8, 10am-6pm
Applewood’s 100th Birthday Party
Four Days of Family Fun
Kick-off Party with Flint Cultural Center
July 21, 5-8pm
Back to the Bricks
Fall Harvest Festival
September 24, 10am-5pm
December 6, 5-8pm
Photography by Eric Dutro