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“A walk back in time - MeadowBrook Mansion”
Review of Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook Hall
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy's most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, for $4 million, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. Tours are offered daily. Tour tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store located inside Meadow Brook Hall. Tour reservations are not required. All guests must be accompanied by a tour guide. Tours last approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours, depending on the size of the group.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift
Rochester, Michigan
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39 reviews
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“A walk back in time - MeadowBrook Mansion”
Reviewed 3 August 2013

Tour the magnificent MeadowBrook Mansion to see an example of how the wealthy magnets of industry lived in the early 1900's. Secret passageways, staircases and fascinating architecture will delight you along with the beautiful gardens. Learn the history of the Wilson-Dodge families and the social lives they led entertaining their friends such as the Henry Ford family and the automotive moguls of their time. Walk the estate grounds and you'll see the 3/4 size cottage that was built for their daughter with 3/4 size furniture, and kitchen so she could learn to keep house and entertain as we'll as have fun in her playhouse! The mansion is particularily beautiful at Christmas time, a very popular time to tour the estate. You will also learn of the Wilson-Dodge family's generous philanthropy with the donation of their estate and its acreage for the development of Oakland University, now one of the top universities in Michigan. Located in Rochester, Michigan, the mansion/estate and university are approximately 30 miles North of Detroit.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Joyce P
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Rochester, Michigan
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46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Meadow Brook Hall”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

What a great way to discover local history. It truly is a step back in time where you can experience the wonderful architecture, interior decor and exterior gardens. It's a great place to have lunch, too.

Visited May 2013
Thank Saw2013
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Shelby Township
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Meadow Brook Hall”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Meadow Brook Hall the home of lumber baron Alfred Wilson and Matilda Dodge Wilson is unique in that it is a beautiful, magnificent mansion but unlike so many mansions it has warm, homey feel to it. Little things like the door knobs illustrate the lumber influence of its owner, or the influence of the child whose bedroom it was. Matilda Dodge Wilson's bedroom is beautiful, the dining room is grand and I love the library and the solarium. The grounds are beautiful as well. I've seen quite a few mansions from the east coast to the west coast including the Vanderbilt mansion and the Hearst mansion but Meadow Brook is my favorite. If you get a chance to go back in the winter Meadow Brook is beautifully decorated for Christmas. I would check with Meadow Brook before going to make sure you can get the complete tour since they have many special events going on.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank Beverly S
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Rochester, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“a castle in rochester, mi”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Depending what time of year you visit you may tour the Dodge mansion (Meadowbrook Hall), possibly the almost life size play house and gardens. At the holiday time the Hall is decorated. Some behind the scenes tours are offered. Check for availability. These behind the scenes let you visit areas not normally found on the general tour.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank janet s
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“Great summer concert venue”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Love going here in the summer, perfect for summer nights! It was ridiculously hot out when I last went but still had fun anyway!

Visited July 2013
Thank cassarass77
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