Welcome to Applewood
We hope you enjoy your experience and learn something new about the Mott family legacy. Please read the items below to plan a successful visit. Due to the size of the estate, your visit may include a significant amount of walking over a variety of uneven terrain, such as paved and gravel walkways, grassy areas, and up and down hills.
Plan Your Visit
COVID-19 Information & Updates
To ensure the safety of guests, staff, and volunteers, Applewood has the following protocols in place:
Physical distancing is required; visitors should stay at least 6 feet away from others outside your party, including staff and volunteers. Some Applewood buildings are closed, including the house and garage exhibit space. The restrooms have occupancy limits and some may not be open at the time of your visit.
Face masks are optional outdoors at Applewood. Masks are recommended for all visitors over age 2 inside the family restroom near the Visitor Services desk.
Keeping Everyone Safe
Staff and volunteers are screened daily before entering Applewood. Please stay home if you are feeling sick.
Restrooms and frequently touched surfaces are regularly cleaned but we cannot guarantee that visitors won’t be exposed to COVID-19 while visiting Applewood.
Help prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and by not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Please use the hand sanitizer provided in locations around the estate.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. The Ruth Mott Foundation cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 or any other illness during your visit. Guests visit at their own risk of exposure.
Applewood parking is located at the intersection of Robert T. Longway Boulevard and Kearsley Street. Look for the large brick APPLEWOOD sign. It is located east of the property, near the Longway Boulevard entrance to Mott Community College.
The entrance to Applewood is located off of the Applewood Visitor Parking Lot. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by a greeter who can answer questions and help direct you for your visit.
The gate on Kearsley Street (which in previous seasons had been open for pedestrian traffic) will be closed for the 2021 season.
Applewood is open rain or shine; however, if dangerous weather occurs, Applewood will close temporarily or for the remainder of the day. If Applewood closes, information will be posted on our website home page, Facebook page, and at the property’s gates.
Applewood buildings are closed for the 2021 season, and visitors are welcome to explore outdoors. Please dress according to the weather.
We are committed to continually reviewing and expanding accessibility for visitors. If you have a comment or request related to accessibility, please check the link below for more information.
Food & Drink
Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink to Applewood to enjoy during a visit. Please, no glass bottles. There are benches and tables located throughout the estate available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no restaurants or food service available on site.
Food and drink are not permitted inside any historic buildings.
Help us preserve Applewood as a community resource by not touching museum objects and by not leaning or climbing on doors and walls. The objects in our gardens are also historic, and we ask visitors to please not stand or sit on statuary, fountains, gates, or railings. To preserve our historic landscape, please refrain from climbing trees and entering garden/vegetative beds. Please do not pick fruits or vegetables unless offered by a staff member.
Policies and Guidelines
Photography & Videography
Guests who visit Applewood are welcome to take photographs and video for their personal use, including social media. If you have a special request for photography inside the house, permission is required and permitted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Director of Collections & Education for more information. Drone use is not permitted at Applewood.
Amateur photography is permitted on the grounds provided all guidelines for the property are followed. Any breach will result in the end of photo sessions.
Professional photography sessions, including for weddings, engagements, senior photos, and other similar occasions, are not permitted at Applewood.
Pets are not allowed at Applewood. Only service animals are permitted. Visit our Accessibility page for service animal guidelines.
While at Applewood, please respect any wildlife you may encounter and keep a safe distance. *Bee* cautious as Applewood is home to many pollinators that may cause allergic reactions in people.
Artists at Applewood
Applewood serves as an inspiration to artists of many media.
Painting and Drawing
Artists may not set up inside any buildings. Visitors may sketch and paint outdoors; no sprayed materials, permanent markers, or electrical tools are permitted. Applewood reserves the right to prohibit any materials staff deem unsafe for the public, estate, or historic collections. Art materials may not be left unattended. Paint and waste products may not be discarded or cleaned on site at Applewood, either in bathrooms or on the grounds. For these materials, Applewood is a pack-in, pack-out location.
Professional Images at Applewood
Professional photographers, videographers, and artists must make special arrangements through Applewood’s Director of Estate Operations 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. Drone use is not permitted. Professional photography sessions, including for weddings, engagements, senior photos, and other similar occasions, are not permitted at Applewood.
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.
The Ruth Mott Foundation 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.
Notice of Risk/Liability
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.
Minors at Applewood
Any minor 16 years old or under is not allowed to enter the estate unless accompanied by an adult (someone 17 or older).
Applewood is not available for weddings, fundraisers, or private gatherings. Grantee partners may contact their program officer or Applewood’s Director of Collections & Education for convening requests.
Your rights are waived to any images and/or recordings you may appear in while at Applewood and any/all related promotional or documentary materials.
Substance Use Policy
Smoking in any form, including vaping, is not permitted on site at Applewood at any time. Alcohol is not permitted for guests visiting Applewood. Applewood is a drug free site.