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Dr. Bob's Home, Akron

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Dr. Bob's Home

Founders Foundation

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.
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  • Dr. Bob's House is synonymous with Akron, Ohio like Tony Packos is to Toledo. As one of the founders of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) this house is a mecca for all visitors. Ring the doorbell or walk... 
    Dr. Bob's House is synonymous with Akron, Ohio like Tony Packos is to Toledo. As one of the founders of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) this house is a mecca for all visitors. Ring the doorbell or walk...  more »
  • The 12 steps leading into their home was a great start. You felt the history and the magnitude of what Dr Bob and his family accomplished there to start AA. Great reproductions as well as actual... 
    The 12 steps leading into their home was a great start. You felt the history and the magnitude of what Dr Bob and his family accomplished there to start AA. Great reproductions as well as actual...  more »
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  • If you are interested in the history of twelve step programs, this is a don't miss spot. The house has been lovingly restored to it's original condition based on interviews with Dr Bob's daughter. There is a lot of AA memorabilia. The staff person (maybe a volunteer?) gave us a really good tour of the house. He knew a lot of interesting details. Next door is a gift shop with a lot of books and other items. There is no charge, but a suggested donation of $5. Based on other historic places we have visited, $5 is a steal of a deal. If you can afford to donate more, you should.
  • Cool place. Nice to see this old house restored so greatly. Also cool to view the history of AA. Will go again.

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