Mr. Scripps was an avid pilot
It is rumored that Amelia Earhart landed her plane here.
He was also a devout farmer
On the 3,800-acre estate known as Wildwood Farms, Mr. Scripps and the farmhands raised Angus cattle, cows, swine, sheep and poultry.
Austin Ripley knew that the mansion and its surrounding grounds offered an ideal site for recovery
It is built on a serene and private countryside with rolling hills, wooded areas, ponds and streams.
Audio Recordings of Austin Ripley
History of Scripps Mansion
“Moulton Manor” was the original name of the 67-room summer home to the William E. Scripps family. Scripps was the son of the founder of The Detroit News, and he founded the nation’s first commercial radio station, Detroit’s WWJ. The house was built in 1927 at a cost of $2.8 million. In addition to being involved in family business, Mr. Scripps was an avid pilot and devout farmer. On the 3,800-acre estate known as Wildwood Farms, Mr. Scripps and the farmhands raised Angus cattle, cows, swine, sheep and poultry. When Mr. Scripps died in 1952, his widow sold the estate to a group of investors. A significant part of the collection of European paintings from the estate was donated in 1956 to the Detroit Institute of Arts. The farmland and lakes are now largely parks for Orion Township, Oakland County and the state of Michigan. Some of the original farmhouses and buildings have been converted into the Canterbury Village Shopping Center.
Austin Ripley knew that the mansion and its surrounding grounds offered an ideal site for recovery: serene and private countryside with rolling hills, wooded areas, ponds and streams. He purchased a portion of the estate; and on Pentecost Sunday in 1956, Guest House opened in the Scripps Mansion with 20 beds. Sixty years later, it still remains faithful to Austin Ripley’s vision: “Save the individual; save the vocation.” The Scripps Estate was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
The house celebrated its 90th Anniversary last year in 2017.
Scripps Mansion Photo Gallery
“I believe the one imperative to happy, permanent, effective sobriety for anyone is the simple virtue of gratitude. Gratitude is the memory of the heart – that quality which enables someone to double their blessings by sharing them with others. It is the golden tray on which we give to others the things we have received from God.
The measure of a person in recovery lies not in what they know but what they do; not in how they think but what they feel. The assessment of a person in recovery is made not in the brilliance of their mind but in the clarity of their heart. Their stature is not gauged by how high they will reach to receive but how low they will stoop to serve.
A person in recovery is thankful not only for what they have, but they are grateful for what they can give. They strive not for cleverness but for wisdom. They would rather be right than popular. A person in recovery uses not the toughness of their mind but the gentleness of their touch in bringing hope to others who suffer from addiction; for they know that if ever the lamp of their clarity burns dim, the light of another person in recovery may go out forever.
Those who when beginning their road to recovery were not trusted by man in the most trivial affairs of life, now are trusted by God in one of the most important missions on earth – trusted by Him to preserve and pass on the might miracle of sobriety to others who still suffer.”Austin Ripley, Founder of Guest House