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Our next Free Friday is a week away! Join us for a free self-guided house tour from 1-3 p.m. on February 23 (last admittance at 2:30 p.m.) In honor of Valentine's Day, we'll have a special exhibit set up celebrating all the weddings held at the Hall.

Join us for Free Friday Tours courtesy of Oakland University Credit Union. The tours will take place the fourth Friday of each month, January through October with the exception of November, which will take place on November 16. Reservations are not required for Free Fridays, unless otherwise noted.....
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Have you toured Meadow Brook Hall so much you feel like you could give the tour yourself? We're always looking for docents, hosts, gift shop cashiers and more! Click the link to see how you can volunteer at Meadow Brook:

Want to become a Meadow Brook volunteer? Meadow Brook volunteers support the Estate through opportunities ranging from docents to gardeners.
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Tabatha See
· October 28, 2017
Attended the murder mystery dinner here on October 27th, 2017. Formal masquerade event. Everything was perfect! We were allowed to walk around the mansion unguided during the cocktail hour and check ...things out. They served limitless cocktails. Everyone was dressed in evening/ ball gowns and suits and tuxes all with masks which made for one cool evening. Cast was great as were the wait staff and the meal. Well done. We will be back! See More
Keely Czartorski Crimando
· October 29, 2017
Can’t say enough great things about this venue. My parents used to take us here when my siblings and I were kids and it was where I always wanted to get married. The day was absolutely perfect and the... team handled every detail so we didn’t have to worry about anything. If I could give ten stars I would. Thank you for making our day perfect! See More
Seth Michaels
· 13 hours ago
Over the years we've had many amazing experiences DJing weddings here! If the history doesn't get you, the shear elegance will. Many of our past clients and fellow vendors say that this is the finest ...wedding venue in Michigan. Personally, I can't wait for my next event here! See More
Kathy Morgan Sandy
· August 28, 2017
Have attended weddings here...and hosted a wedding 3 years ago. Everything was p erfect: the gorgeous gardens, food, tent, lighting room . One thing that needed tweaking ythough. Some members of the w...ait staff were inappropriately chatty and obtrusive while serving. They interrupted our table during the toasts, the first dance, etc to discuss (at great length) how they should box up our toddler's meal, reasons for why and how they forgot to pour our table's champagne, and more.
They just didn't get it. Other than that, everything was lovely.
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Carie Kubisz Gilles
· November 6, 2017
So much interesting history. Would love to go back for the holiday and definitely in the summer to see the gardens. Tour guide was great. Just enough time and detail to keep our little Daisy group interested.
Karen Ollila Cox
· November 25, 2017
My first tour of Meadow Brook during the Christmas season, and it was as lovely as I anticipated. Lots of docents stationed throughout the home which helped to make the experience feel even more pers...onal and officially put me in the Christmas spirit. See More
Kathy McKee
· December 4, 2017
Meadow Brook Hall is Absolutely Beautiful!!! The architecture & super fine details of an era long gone!! The home still has a wonderful feel of Love & Family!! I can only imagine how it was to grow... up in such beautiful surroundings!!! See More
Theresa Cleveland
· September 24, 2017
What a beautiful enormous place. Loved seeing it all. The gardens are beautiful and made for great photo ops. Learned a lot from our amazing tour guide who worked there back in the 60s. Food was g...ood for the luncheon. Only recommend improvement add more signage outside directing people where to go. See More
Kristal Kendricks
· September 26, 2017
I was born and raised here in Michigan, and never in my 48 years of being here did I know about this place, it was beyond beautiful to see, I wouldn't mind going to see it again with my children.
Naveen Sharma
· October 27, 2017
What a wonderful venue and staff. Stephanie always treats our team well and we love to dj and perform weddings at this beautiful venue!
Heather Lynn
· December 24, 2017
Beautiful during the holidays!! Fun candy hunt for the kids, great staff and beautiful interesting home!
Ilze Korb
· November 30, 2017
So gorgeous! One of the best Holiday displays I've seen over the years at Meadowbrook!
Patrick Eckhout
· August 8, 2017
Meadowbrook and the OU Campus has truly become a great place! Everything about is classy, historic and truly iconic in Metro Detroit. I am proud to be an Alumni and part of Grizz Nation! Go OU!!!!
Faith Agauas
· July 15, 2017
It was amazing beautiful journey thru this home. I have MS and the guide allowed me to use the elevator to see each floor. My only problem was it was so hot by the 3rd floor. My favorite room was t...he game room. I wish we could have had lunch also. The gardens were beautiful ��� See More
Judy McLaughlin
· December 22, 2017
Beautifully decorated, the guides were very knowledgeable . Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Will be back for the back stairs tour.
Julie Comito Gitary
· September 5, 2017
It's a beautiful location. The staff was fabulous! I was happy to work with a great group of professionals!
Kristy Marie
· February 14, 2018
Something magical about this place!! I just love Meadowbrook & the beautiful gardens!! 🌾🌷🌹🌳🐿
Dona Selby Schultz
· December 16, 2017
The perfect place to visit during the holidays....🎄
Larry Johnson
· January 8, 2018
Incredible Place can't wait to return while I was there it was truly a incredible time
Barb Bartos
· February 13, 2017
The home of Matilda Dodge Wilson, Meadowbrook is an iconic Detroit attraction not to be missed. The home tours are lovely; and even nicer are the December tours, when the mansion is decorated for the ...holidays. It also is a terrific special events venue. I have attended several meetings and weddings there and always come away wishing it were our home. See More
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Need a little extra love this Valentine's Day? Take a look at this sweet Valentine from Richard Wilson to his stepbrother Danny Dodge, and Danny's Valentine to his aunt Amelia (Matilda's sister).

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Happy Valentine's Day! After meeting at a Valentine's event at First Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Alfred and Matilda married in 1925. Here they are aboard a cruise ship on their way to their European honeymoon.

If you want to hear more about Love Stories at the Great Estate, check out our Free Friday on February 23 from 1-3 p.m. We'll have an exhibit out about the many love stories that took place at Meadow Brook and learn how your happily ever after can be celebrated here.

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Our final part of the Love at the Great Estate Series is on Daniel Dodge and his wife, Laurine.

Dan, who had inherited the love of hunting and fishing from his father, owned a lodge on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. While frequently visiting his lodge, he fell in love with the island's telephone operator, Laurine. Just over a month after his sister got married, Dan and Laurine were wed in an intimate ceremony at the Hall. In the Breakfast Room, cake and punch were served to the ...six attendees. The new Mr. and Mrs. Dodge retreated to the lodge on Manitoulin Island where they first met for their honeymoon. In a tragic twist, Dan was injured in accident with dynamite, then fell off the boat they used to get to the hospital and drowned. The pair had only been married about two weeks.

Pictured are Dan and Laurine at their wedding on August 2, 1938.

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Do you love spending time at the Great Estate? Consider becoming a Meadow Brook Hall Member! In addition to helping preserve the Hall, you'll receive special benefits that come only with being a member.

For more information, click here:
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You are invited to become a Meadow Brook member and join a unique family of friends who help preserve and care for this National Historic Landmark.
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In the third part of our Love at the Great Estate series, we focus on Frances Dodge and Jimmy Johnson.

Frances, an avid equestrienne, competed in horse shows all over the country. While competing, she met journalist Jimmy Johnson who covered horse shows. The two connected over their mutual love of horses and swing music. Frances and Jimmy were married in the living room of the Hall, with 500 people in attendance. Frances made an elegant fashion statement in her ice-blue wedding gown, while guests danced under the stars on a temporary dance floor on the south lawn of the mansion.

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Due to Oakland University's closing in anticipation for the snow tomorrow, Meadow Brook Hall will also be closed tomorrow, February 9. The Bridal Preview Dinner for that night will go on as scheduled. All tours and events will continue as scheduled on Saturday, February 10. Stay safe!

OU ADVISORY: Main campus and Macomb sites to be closed Friday, February 9 February 8, 2018 | 7:27 pmFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOakland University will close its main campus and Macomb County sites on Friday, February 9, due to adverse safety conditions expected with considerable snow accumulations through...
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Part two of four of our Love at the Great Estate Series: Matilda and Alfred.

After John Dodge, Matilda's first husband, died, she took their three children on a nearly two-year-long trip to the south of France. Upon their return to the States, Anna-Margaret, the youngest of the three, died from complications from the measles. Devastated by the two deaths in such a short period of time, Matilda turned to her church and charity work for comfort. While attending a Valentine's Day event at the First Presbyterian Church in Detroit, she met Alfred Wilson, a lumber baron from Wisconsin. Alfred wooed Matilda and her two children; the pair married in 1925. While touring England on their honeymoon, Alfred and Matilda gathered ideas for building a mansion on the grounds of Meadow Brook Farms.

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Frances Dodge ascended into the highly competitive worlds of horse shows, harness racing and high society—with a trend-setting style all her own.

“As her guests entered, they found ballrooms awash in hundreds of silver balloons mirrored spheres, swaths of black and silver fabric, ice sculptures and black and silver eucalyptus trees. Such cotillions usually featured great blossoms of alabaster, and debutantes dressed in white gowns, white gl...
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We still have a few spots left for this weekend's Servant's Life Living History Tours! Spots are available both Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

You can tour the Hall from a staff member's point of view, learning about the day-to-day life at the Great Estate. To make reservations, click here:

Meadow Brook Hall presents Downton Days – a series of events that celebrate Michigan’s own Downton Abbey as it relates to the popular PBS series.
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Today, we're kicking off a four part series detailing all the romances and heartbreaks entwined with the history of the Hall: Love at the Great Estate. We start where the history of Meadow Brook began: John and Matilda.

They met while he was an automobile parts supplier for Henry Ford, and she worked as a secretary for the Dodge Brothers. John was a widower and married Matilda in 1907. During their thirteen year marriage, they had three children: Frances in 1914, Daniel in 19...17 and Anna Margaret in 1919.

As the automobile business boomed and John eventually formed his own car company with brother Horace, John and Matilda were interested in purchasing a weekend retreat to get away from the bustle of Detroit. One Sunday in the spring of 1908, the couple took a drive out to the countryside of Rochester and stumbled across a beautiful farm. They later purchased the farm for a country retreat, laying the foundation for the Great Estate.

John and Matilda's marriage tragically ended in 1920, when John caught influenza while attending the New York Automobile Show and died. He left Matilda a widow at 36 years old, with three small children and heiress to the Dodge Brothers fortune.

Pictured are John and Matilda on a European trip abroad in 1913.

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In previous years, the Servant's Life tour at Meadow Brook has celebrated at the heyday of the estate: the elegant dinners and extravagant parties of the 1920s and 30s, when more thatn 25 staff (including two butlers) worked in the Hall. This year, we're pulling back the curtain and looking at the trials and triumphs of the estate in the 1940s and 50s.

You can tour the Hall from a staff member's point of view, or attend an informative Lunch & Lecture about the day-to-day life at the Great Estate. To make reservations, click here:
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Meadow Brook Hall presents Downton Days – a series of events that celebrate Michigan’s own Downton Abbey as it relates to the popular PBS series.
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Frances Dodge lived a life beyond imagination, leaving a legacy that continues to inspire new generations of women. Born into a time and an aristocracy that had certain expectations, she defied them all.

Alfred Wilson's study was frequently used as a den during the time the family lived there. Richard and Barbara Wilson recalled playing cards and listening to the radio in the cozy room. There is also a hidden pantry that provided snacks and drinks, available for the family to help themselves.

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