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Wildwood Manor House

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park

Wildwood Manor House was part of the estate of Robert Stranahan and his wife, Page. They lived in the 30,000 square foot mansion until 1968. The Manor House was built toward the end of the Great Depression for just $362,000. It was made of steel and reinforced concrete and the house has 35 main rooms, 17 bathrooms and 16 fireplaces.

Main hall at Manor House

The formal garden was designed by landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman, one of the first female landscape architects in the country. She designed over 650 gardens throughout the eastern half of the United States. Metroparks is currently undertaking a complete restoration of the Manor House garden using the original plans.

Wildwood Manor House Gardens

The interior of Manor House displays numerous period pieces in keeping with the Georgia architectural style including several original pieces that have been donated back to the property. When visiting, note the distinct differences between rooms associated with Mr and Mrs. Stranahan.

The lower level entertainment rooms feature the typical furnishings any high end home of today would have with the surprising exception of the shooting gallery.

Wildwood Preserve

The Estate and Preserve

In 1974, the Lucas County approved a 0.5-mill levy to purchase the 500+acre Stranahan estate for over $4 million with the goal of developing the property as a Metropark.

Wildwood Manor House GardenBesides the Manor House, there is also 300 forested acres carpeted with wildflowers and ferns, and inhabited by small mammals, whitetail deer, fox and a variety of birds. Meadows and prairies provide habitat for other small animals and summer wildflowers.

The natural features are best enjoyed from the extensive network of marked walking and all-purpose trails totaling over 11 miles. There is also an all-purpose paved trail that provides year-round use for cyclists, joggers and walkers.

The Manor House is open for free, very informative guided tours Wednesday - Sunday 12:00 - 5:00. Just down from the Manor House is the Metz Visitor Center which open weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 - 5 p.m.

Wildwood Former Stable

Farmhouse Gift Shop & Schoolhouse

Just east of the main entrance is the Farmhouse Gift Shop that was a Victorian farmhouse of the Albon family that farmed much of the land that now makes up Wildwood Preserve. Today, the farmhouse is the Wildwood Preserve gift shop that features Metroparks logo clothing, books, art, items for children, bird feeders and gifts.

Wildwood Preserve Farmhouse

The Oak Grove School is an 1897, one-room brick schoolhouse originally located at Corey Road and Springbrook Drive. In 1998, the schoolhouse was moved 1/4 mile to its present location in Wildwood Preserve. The school is open some weekends and for special programs. It is located at the east entrance to Wildwood, near Corey.