See Meadow Brook Hall on ‘Antiques Roadshow’

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published January 7, 2019

 People line up for the “Antiques Roadshow” filming at Meadow Brook Hall June 14.

People line up for the “Antiques Roadshow” filming at Meadow Brook Hall June 14.

File photo by Donna Agusti.

Last summer, Meadow Brook Hall hosted filmmakers of the popular “Antiques Roadshow” television show.

This month, fans can watch two remaining episodes at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21 on local Public Broadcasting Service stations, including Channel 56.

A format change — moving filming sites from conference centers to historic locations — was implemented for season 23 of the popular show.

“This is a beautiful setting,” “Antiques Roadshow” executive producer Marsha Bemko said during filming. The program features local antiques owners who bring in items to be appraised by experts.

Meadow Brook Hall recently placed third in USA Today’s 10 Best Holiday Historic Home Tour Reader’s Choice contest. Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home; and Glensheen, a mansion in Minnesota, finished first and second, respectively.

Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, the widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929 for $4 million, Meadow Brook Hall was the center of a country estate that included 1,500 acres, numerous farm buildings, recreational facilities, several residences and formal gardens.

“It is a National Historic Landmark that led to the founding of Oakland University,”  Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce President Alaina Campbell said in December. “We are blessed to have it in our community.”

General tours of the Wilson family’s living quarters on the first three floors of the home are available seven days a week at the hall’s museum store. Tickets cost $15, discounts are available for seniors and students. No reservations are required. Self-guided tours of the extensive MBH gardens and grounds are free.

Meadow Brook Hall is located on the campus of Oakland University, off of Adams Road, south of Walton Boulevard. For more information about tours or special events, call (248) 364-6200 or visit meadowbrookhall.org.