The Hilliard Mansion

Favorite feature of the venue?
The Mansion is a beautiful quaint wedding venue offering brides the freedom of making all of their own decisions from vendors to set up arrangements.  

What are your couples’ favorite features of the venue?

You are sure to take your guests breath away when you make your grand entrance down our beautiful staircase to meet your “Mr. Right” at our uniquely designed ceremony pavilion. From there you are only steps away from our reception hall which is pre-decorated with white lights and tulle. You are allowed to add your own decorations to the facility. The reception hall is equipped with air conditioning and heat.

Tell us a little about the venue? Is there a history or a cool story couples love to hear?
The house was initially built around 1900 and consisted of four rooms made of oversized lumber. The original house was removed around 1927 but most of the oak lumber was salvaged for sheeting in the present house that we call “The Mansion”. Dr. Cole Cleveland Fuqua, Sr. was a doctor for the local lumber company so he chose the best lumber for this house. It has been said that Dr. Fuqua inspected the construction of the house very frequently and was such a perfectionist that he once fired a carpenter for continuing to bend nails over. This magnificent house is proof of his lust for perfection. The house is constructed of oak, cypress, and heart pine. The floors are oak and the closets are lined with cedar. The heart pine open beams in the ceiling of the front three rooms came from Virginia on freight cars and were hand carried from the west side of town hall to the construction site. 

What are the venue spaces? 
The Mansion has four upstairs rooms with a balcony and stairwell coming out of the bedroom located off the back side of the house. The stairwell leads to a beautiful private garden setting with a beautiful pavilion. There are a total of four fireplaces two upstairs and two downstairs, three bathrooms two downstairs and one upstairs. The outside reception hall is equipped with a rustic bar and air conditioning/heat.

What’s included in your packages?
All rentals include tables and chairs for up to 200 people. Set up is not included in the rental fee however breakdown is. Therefore you are responsible for setting up the tables and chairs for your event however you are not responsible for breaking down at the end of the event. **If you would like us to set up for you it will be an additional fee of $2 per guest.
A $500.00 security deposit and a signed contract is required to hold a reservation. The deposit will not be applied to the rental payment and will be refunded after the event as long as there are no contract violations.

Are there any photo restrictions at the venue?

Do you have a Getting Ready room?

How much can couples expect to pay on average at your venue?

Saturday / Holiday
Friday / Sunday
Monday thru Thursday
Who is the best person to contact for a viewing?

venue gallery coming soon! 

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