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Flint cultural treasure soon to open its doors

Next month, a secluded treasure in the heart of Flint will open its doors to the general public.

The 100 year old Applewood estate was the home of Charles Stewart Mott, an auto industry pioneer and philanthropist.   The estate sits a short distance from Flint’s cultural district.

For decades, only the fortunate few had the chance to enter.

“It is a great Flint treasure that has been somewhat under-utilized,” says Megan McAdow, the Collections & Exhibitions Manager for the Ruth Mott Foundation.

However, that’s changing.

Starting May 5, people will be able to tour the grounds, with its heritage apple trees, and the Applewood mansion, with its unique collection of art from Europe and America.

“This centennial is a celebration we want the whole Flint community to enjoy,” said Handy Lindsey, Ruth Mott Foundation president. “Flint was home to C.S. Mott and his family, and we want Applewood to be a welcoming retreat and resource for Flint residents.”

Opening up Applewood is part of a broader effort by the foundation to engage with Flint residents. The Ruth Mott Foundation plans to spend tens of millions of dollars over the next five years to fund projects on Flint’s north side. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.