Dr. Bob's Home
Our primary purpose is to maintain, restore and preserve the property at 855 Ardmore Avenue which was the family home of physician Robert Holbrook Smith, affectionately known as Dr. Bob, one of the founding fathers of Alcoholics Anonymous. This historic site in Akron, Ohio is the birthplace of this internationally known fellowship, which subsequently became the foundation of numerous other twelve-step programs that are improving the lives of millions.
Second, our ongoing mission is to help alcoholics by preserving the atmosphere of acceptance where early members achieved and maintained their sobriety. This prevailing attitude is simply expressed in our greeting, "WELCOME HOME".
Third to educate the local community and beyond on how Dr. Bob's home played a part in the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous and the manner in which alcoholics were helped in the early days. Plan to see Dr. Bob's Home and other attractions that appeal to you using our Akron trip itinerary planner.
Dr. Bob's Home Reviews
From the time the volunteers open the door and say "welcome home" to Visiting the gift shop next door it is an awesome experience. Seeing the home where AA got it's start was humbling. Original... more »
The place is amazing, but has very long lines on Founder's Day weekend on Sat & Sunday - I had a 2 hour wait to get inside. Try and go there on the Friday or Thursday before. The house had 12... more »
It was like being at Elvis's house. There was a star struck feeling about it. The folks there were as welcoming as if I was at a out of town meeting. Very friendly not to mention knowledgeable. A must go-to is ever in Akron
Great experience! Walking through Dr Bob's house, the tour is awesome. Tour guide very informed regarding the history of AA. Really pleased! Thank you Wayne.👍
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