Visit Applewood


Thank you for helping us celebrate our 100th anniversary!

Applewood is now closed to the public until it reopens again in May 2017—with the exception of Holiday Walk from 5:30-8 p.m. on Dec. 6.

You can still explore the house — including areas that are closed to the public — with this VIRTUAL TOUR!

To mark 100 years of family, farming, and fun in Flint, Applewood threw the gates wide open in 2016. We debuted new programs, exhibits and events, along with a refreshed garden tour and—for the first time—tours of the Mott family’s beautiful home. Please scroll down for more information on what was offered. 

Check back for more details on what next year’s season will bring!

Admission is always free!




Hours and Tour Types

Applewood is now closed for the 2016 season. It will reopen again in May 2017. Check back for more details!

From May 5, 2016 through October 30, 2016
Regular open hours Thursday through Sunday 10am-6pm
(Closed Monday-Wednesday)

Explore the grounds on your own. Learn new things and get hands-on with new exhibits in the garage, barn, and chicken coop. Make a reservation for a house tour. Discover new ideas in our Demonstration Garden. Check out an Activity Backpack full of family fun!  Pack a sack lunch.

Some offerings require reservations.  Please see listing below.

TourReservationsGuided House Tours

11am-4pm, reservations required

One-hour guided tours of the first floor of the main house with a few fun surprises! Online reservations are free and are available here; walk-ins accepted only if space is available.  Tours are small and can accommodate no more than ten guests at a time, allowing for a more personal experience.

The last tour starts at 4pm. Please arrive a half hour before your scheduled tour time to allow for parking, a welcome video and travel to the check-in point.

NOTE: Tour times become available for reservations online in one-month blocks on the first of every month at 9am EST, for tours scheduled the following month. For example, on April 1, tickets will be released for the month of May and are only held Thursday through Sunday. Due to high demand, reservations may fill up on the morning they are released. If you are interested in making reservations, we recommend that you do so early on the day they are released.

This historic house can accommodate smaller-sized wheelchairs and strollers. We also have these available for borrowing at our Visitor Services desk. For any special needs, or for groups of 6 or more people, please call Ashley at 810.396.3117.

Tours require guests to walk and stand for more than one hour. Please anticipate walking up to a half mile. There is no seating or restrooms in the house. We request that all cell phones be silenced during the tour. There is no food, drink, or photography allowed inside the home at any time.

For those who do not have house tour reservations, you can still explore the house (and gardens!) through our virtual tour – available as part of the exhibit in the garage and on our website here.

Strolling House Tours

Event Days Only, no reservations required

Half-hour strolling tours of the first floor of the main house are available during our special events on a first come, first served basis.

Event days are on the following dates, tour times vary by event:

Event Days & Hours – Strolling Tour Times May Vary by Event

  • May 5-8, Grand Opening, 10am–6 p.m. (Strolling tours begin at 11 a.m. Last tour starts at 4:30 p.m)
  • June 23, Applewood’s 100th Birthday Party, 5-8 p.m. (Strolling Tours from 5-8 p.m.)
  • June 25-26, Sloan*Longway Auto Fair,  10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Strolling tours begin at 11 a.m. Last tour starts at 4:30 p.m)
  • July 21-24, Four Days of Family Fun.
    • July 21, Kick-off party with the Flint Cultural Center, 5–8 p.m. (Strolling Tours from 5-8 p.m.)
    • July 22-24, Four Days of Family Fun, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Strolling tours begin at 11 a.m. Last tour starts at 4:30 p.m)
  • August 6, Wet Paint Day, 10 a.m -6 p.m. (Strolling tours begin at 11 a.m. Last tour starts at 4:30 p.m)
  • August 20, Back to the Bricks, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Strolling tours begin at 11 a.m. Last tour starts at 4:30 p.m)
  • September 24, Fall Harvest Festival, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Strolling tours begin at 11 a.m. Last tour starts at 4:30 p.m)
  • Closing Weekend, October 27–30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Holiday Walk, December 6, 5–8 p.m.


Guided Grounds Tours
1pm daily, no reservation required
A free guided walking tour of the gardens is offered at 1pm every day we’re open. No reservation is required! We’ll tell you where to meet up when you arrive at Applewood. (Guests may always explore the grounds on their own.)

Please Note: This is a walking tour with portions up and down hills and across lawns. Electric carts for those with mobility challenges are available upon request. Please dress appropriately.

Group Tours, School Field Trips, Specialty Tours
By reservation only, 9am–11am
Groups of six or more, guests with special needs or special interests, please call Ashley at 810.396.3117. For field trips and school programming, please call Renee at 810.396.3112.

See Field Trips for more information about our school offerings, downloadable curriculum guides, and guidelines to get the most out of your class visit.

Lunch Options
Pack a sack lunch for a meal on the grounds. Enjoy our covered seating area, or borrow a blanket and spread out on the grass! (Note: Refrigeration is not available). Water coolers are available to refill your own bottles for use while on-site. Bring your own bottle, or pick up one of ours for you to keep! For group tours, please call Ashley at 810.396.3117.


FALL HARVEST 201116 Events

See our Events Calendar page for a complete list and description of our themed, fun-filled special events.


School Field Trips

  • School groups must make a reservation in advance.
  • See Education for complete information about our school offerings, downloadable curriculum guides, teaching aids, and guidelines to get the most out of your class visit.



Applewood is east of downtown Flint, between the Flint Cultural Center and Mott Community College.

DirectionsMapPlease follow these directions to FREE parking:

From I-475, take exit 8A and turn east on Longway Boulevard. At the first traffic light, you’ll see our large “Applewood Estate” sign on a brick wall on your right. Just past that sign, turn right onto a dedicated street that leads to the free parking lot and public entrance. (Don’t make a sharp right at the light onto Kearsley Street.)

Click here for map to Applewood. 

Please call (810) 233-3835 for more information.


Information, Guidelines, and Tips

In Case of Bad Weather
Our programs and tours take place rain or shine. Please dress according to the weather. If an event must be cancelled, information will be posted on our website and social media pages. Call (810) 233-3835 for information. 

Guidelines for Professional Photographers and Artists
Guests who visit Applewood for public events are welcome to take photographs and video for their personal use—including social media—in the following locations: on the grounds and in the barn, chicken coop, and garage exhibits. For safety and security reasons, photography, video, electronic capture, or other renderings of any image inside the house are prohibited.

Professional photographers, videographers, and artists must make special arrangements through Applewood’s Director of Estate Operations in order to work on site. A permission form must be completed, signed, and approved before work may begin. Written guidelines will be provided and must be followed.

Applewood does not allow professional or commercial photography sessions including wedding photographs or senior pictures.

Applewood Copyright Statement
Photography, videotape, electronic capture or renderings of any image of Applewood for purposes other than social media, or personal use are strictly prohibited. This includes images posted on the Ruth Mott Foundation/Applewood website and social media.

Ruth Mott Foundation/Applewood reserves the right to approve all items, products, or images carrying images of Applewood or the “Applewood” name or any form thereof. All such requests must obtain the written approval of the Ruth Mott Foundation’s president prior to commencing with use or sale of items with Applewood’s name or imagery. 

Private Events and Meetings at Applewood
Applewood is not available for weddings, fundraisers, or private gatherings.

The house is no longer available for meetings. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I park?
Parking is available in the Applewood Parking Lot (south of the intersection of Longway and Kearsley) and at the Flint Cultural Center.

I have a house tour reservation. Should I arrive early?
Please arrive at least ½ hour ahead of your scheduled time to allow for parking and check-in. An exhibit, The Motts of Applewood, is available to enjoy before or after your tour.

What do I do when I arrive?
You may enter the estate from the Kearsley Street gate closest to the Flint Cultural Center,(our Front Entrance) or the gate across from the Applewood Parking Lot (our Visitor Entrance). You’ll be welcomed by a greeter who can answer any questions and direct you to the tour check-in location. You may also view a short Welcome Video introducing you to the Applewood story.

How many people can take a group tour?
Group tours of the house or grounds can vary in size, but require a minimum of six people and must be scheduled in advance by phone.

How long are the house tours?
Tours take approximately 1 hour. An exhibit, The Motts of Applewood, is available to enjoy before or after your tour. We also encourage you to explore the grounds and check out the new exhibits in the historic barn and chicken coop.

Is there an ADA/Family restroom?
Yes, it’s located near the Visitor Services area at the garage of the main house. In addition, there are three portable ADA restrooms: one near the east Visitor Entrance gate (near the Friendly Frog), one on the front driveway near the Kearsley Street Front Entrance entrance (near the gatehouse), and one near the barn.

Are wheelchairs available?
Yes, we have two wheelchairs that visitors can borrow.

May I take a stroller on a house tour?
Large strollers must be left at the Visitor Services tour check-in, located at the garage of the main house. However, two small strollers are available to borrow during your tour.

Is water available?
Yes, water coolers are available to refill water bottles to use while on site. Visitors can bring their own bottles, or pick up one of ours to keep! Please reuse, recycle, and reduce litter!

Do I need a reservation to tour the house or gardens?
During our regular open days, reservations are required for House Tours. Since tour group sizes are limited, we cannot guarantee that walk-ins will be able to join a House Tour. Make your House Tour reservation here. Or take a Virtual Tour of the house here.

During our special events half-hour strolling tours of the first floor of the main house are available on a first come, first served basis, not by reservation. For a complete listing of our special events, please check our calendar here.

During our regular open days, guided Garden Tours are available at 1:00pm, no reservation is needed.  Visitors can also stroll the grounds on their own whenever Applewood is open. Or take a Virtual Tour of the gardens here.

Every visitor to Applewood Estate is advised that there are inherent risks and dangers involved with visiting the property which could result in bodily injury, property damage, or other harm. These risks and dangers can make walking, using a wheelchair or being a passenger in a golf cart difficult. As a result, visitors must remain aware of their surroundings at all times and act safely and responsibly during the course of their visit.

During your visit to Applewood Estate, you voluntarily assume the risk of any loss, property damage, or personal injury by accident or otherwise that may be sustained by you and your guests. You further agree that the Ruth Mott Foundation is not responsible or liable for any injury, loss, property damage, or other harm caused by the action, inaction or negligence of you, a visitor, or any other party during the course of your visit.

Any minor 16 years old or under is not allowed to enter the estate unless accompanied by an adult (someone 17 or older).

Your rights are waived to any images and/or recordings you may appear in while at Applewood Estate and any/all related promotional or documentary materials.

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