Kingwood Center Gardens (Mansfield)

Just to the west of downtown Mansfield sits the 47-acre estate that was once home to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelly King up until his death in 1952.  Ever since 1953 it has been a public garden and that was by his design as he was married and divorced twice and had no children to inherit his fortune he earned at the Ohio Brass Company.  Mr. King was hired as the company’s first electrical engineer in 1898 and remained with the company and eventually became Chairman of the Board and President of Ohio Brass.

Charles King's mansion at Kingwood Center now houses the Center's horticultural library and administrative offices.  The first floor looks much like it did when Mr. King lived there.  The mansion is a popular location in Mansfield for weddings so it's not a given that it will be open on weekends to people other than wedding guests.
Charles King’s mansion at Kingwood Center now houses the Center’s horticultural library and administrative offices. The first floor looks much like it did when Mr. King lived there. The mansion is a popular location in Mansfield for weddings so it’s not a given that it will be open on weekends to people other than wedding guests.

The balance of the estate is made up around a dozen different floral gardens.  And while the grounds are beautiful any time of the spring/summer/fall, the are events going on throughout the year:  http://www.kingwoodcenter.org/cms/images/pdfs/CalofEvents/CAL15.pdf

The rose garden at Kingwood Center.
The rose garden at Kingwood Center.

To take in all there is to see here, it’s about a 2-3 hour visit.

Memorial fountains in honor of George L. Draffan, first chairman of the Kingwood Center Administrative Board.
Memorial fountains in honor of George L. Draffan, first chairman of the Kingwood Center Administrative Board.  That is Kingwood Hall at the other end of this grassy mall.
Also on the grounds are greenhouses with more plants/flowers on display and attached to the greenhouse is another room with plants/flowers that are available for sale.
Also on the grounds are greenhouses with more plants/flowers on display and attached to the greenhouse is another room with plants/flowers that are available for sale.
The Duck Pond at Kingwood Center.  Food to feed the ducks is available for a quarter from dispensers located around the pond.
The Duck Pond at Kingwood Center. Food to feed the ducks is available for a quarter from dispensers located around the pond.

While Kingwood is not promoted as a place to hike, as you might imagine there is plenty of space for doing that on its 47 acres.  It is kind of quiet considering that it’s not out in the country but at the corner of Trimble Rd and Park Avenue West.  In the rose garden picture, on the right side you can see houses which are not part of the estate but are on N. Linden Rd.

While there are no spaces for group picnics, there are tables available for couples and small groups for eating in the great outdoors.

Some outlets refer to the address as 900 Park Avenue West.  That changed this past spring to 50 N. Trimble Rd since that was always the public entrance to the park.

Kingwood Center Gardens
50 N. Trimble Rd.
Mansfield, OH  44906

Hours:  Grounds are open 9 AM – 7 PM daily; greenhouses are open 9 AM – 6 PM daily.  Kingwood Center is closed January through March.  Kingwood Center is closed for most of November while it is prepared for Christmas at Kingwod which starts November 28, 2015.  Kingwood Hall is open May 10 – September 27.

Admission:  $5 per car or $2 if walking in off the street.  Guided tours of Kingwood Hall are $3 each for ages 7 and up; younger is free.  Kingwood Hall tours are normally available at 11 AM Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays unless there is a wedding in the Hall.  Self-guided tours can be done on weekdays from 11 AM – 2 PM.

Pets are not allowed on the Kingwood Center grounds.

Parking:  $5/car which includes admission to the grounds.  In other words, admission is not per person (unless you’re walking in) but per vehicle.

Distance from Ohio cities:

  • 2 miles West of Mansfield City Hall
  • 69 miles North-Northeast of Columbus
  • 193 miles Northeast of Cincinnati
  • 83 miles Southwest of Cleveland
  • 69 miles West-Southwest of Akron
  • 106 miles Southeast of Toledo

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