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Although the congregation can trace its history back to 1837, Independence Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1853. After its dedication in October 1854, the church served the community until 1905, when it was shut down, reopening in 1925. The original structure, which is now an annexed chapel, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Constructed in 1837, the Perkins Stone Mansion belonged to Colonel Simon Perkins, who was the son of Akron's founder General Simon Perkins. This historic house museum is now maintained by the Summit County Historical Society of Akron and is also their headquarters. One of the most striking Greek Revival style houses in the area, the repository is decked with period furnishing telling the story of its past residents, city and county.
Though the library's history goes back to the 19th Century, the current main branch was erected in 1969. Akron-Summit County Public Library underwent a major renovation in 2004 to keep up with the pace of modern times. It also hosts movie screenings, poetry slams, craft workshops and story times. Besides a children's library, the facility covers various zones such as Culture & AV, Special Collections, Business & Government, Magazines & Newspapers, and Science & Technology. The three-level library also features a 425-seat theater, meeting spaces, a used book-store, an outdoor amphitheater, Microbusiness Center, U.S. Passport and Notary services, study rooms, computer labs, a recording studio and cafe.
Dance away the evening as you visit The Vortex. In case you get thirsty, this lounge serves some great beverages at affordable prices. The Vortex is an ideal spot for a weekend party with your friends accompanied by your favorite dance numbers. The energy of this place never goes down as the DJ tunes in to the upbeat dance songs for you. Check their website to know more about the upcoming events and parties at The Vortex.
Located in Akron, the Akron Zoo boasts of 700 animals spanning over 90 species! With almost 1 million visitors coming here every year, it is touted to be the most popular tourist attraction in the entire Summit County. The zoo is divided in to six sections that are symbolic of different parts of the globe. Also, there are various exhibits at the zoo like, The Legends of the Wild, The Komodo Kingdom, Jellies Rhythm, Journey to the Reef, Penguin Point and Tiger Valley.
The St. Bernard Catholic Church is serving the Akron region since 1861, and continues to do so. This church building perfectly exemplifies the German-Romanesque style combined with Baroque designs. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1989.