La Venture Grove

Favorite feature of the venue?
La Venture Grove is a historical home and Citrus grove nestled in the heart of Switzerland, Florida. The six acre property sits on the east side of the St. Johns river promising breathtaking waterfront sunsets. There are beautiful 500+ year old oak trees draped in Spanish moss scattered amongst the property. The home was built in 1880 by the Moremen family and still boasts its original siding, flooring, windows, and doors. It features a luxurious bridal suite and an old smoke room style groom suite. Adjacent to the house, you will find a brand new 2,000 square foot pole barn style pavilion. We provide many amenities including hand made farm-style tables, whisky barrel cocktail tables, a handmade arbor, and much more. Schedule a tour today to book your next wedding or event!

What are your couples’ favorite features of the venue?
The River and the trees. We have beautiful Spanish Moss and Orange trees in the property.

Tell us a little about the venue? Is there a history or a cool story couples love to hear?
Marcus Stith Moremen came from Kentucky to Florida in 1869. In his sailboat, he traveled down the St. Johns River searching for the best place to establish his homestead. He came across the perfect twelve foot bank along the river in Switzerland where tall strong oaks graced the land. He purchased a fifty -acre tract, built a house, and planted two orange groves naming one of them La Venture. He also built a nine-hundred foot dock to reach the deep channel in the river for shipping the fruit.

The citrus industry proved very profitable and provided employment for many people. He later purchased more land totaling 150 acres. Half of that land was planted with citrus while the other half was seasonal vegetables; bearing trees, vineyards, and farm animals. This became a self sufficient and self contained community. Rex Moremen, Marcus Moremen’s son, inherited the property and soon moved his family into the home. Rex turned his interest from citrus growing into a logging venture as amble timber of pine, cypress, and hickory met the increasing demands of new settlers moving to Florida.

The Moremen Home stayed in the family until 1970. At that time, the 150 acres was divided among the four Moremen descendants. . The new owners have added more trees to the citrus grove, rehabilitated the historic home, and built a pavilion on the property to host special events and weddings - just as the Moremen family once did.

What are the venue spaces? 
Luxurious Bridal Suite 
• Groom Suite 
• 20 Farm-Style Tables with Benches Seating up to 160 Guests for Reception Seating
 • Ceremony Benches Seating up to 160 Guests
• Handmade Wooden Arbor + Cross
• 4 Antique Tables (Cake Table, Guest Book , etc.)
• 10 Cocktail Tables made from Whiskey Barrels
• Bar with antique tub
• Breaking Down and Setting up of Tables and Benches
• Parking Coordination
• Outdoor Fire Pit / Propane Fire Pit
• On-site Parking

What’s included in your packages?
THE HAMLIN PACKAGE
This package is for Monday-Thursday events of up to 160 guests. Your event includes access to La Venture Grove grounds from 8AM-9PM for a wedding ceremony & reception including all amenities.

THE SATSUMA PACKAGE
This package is for Sunday events of up to 160 guests. Your event includes access to La Venture Grove grounds from 8AM-9PM for a wedding ceremony & reception including all amenities.

THE VALENCIA PACKAGE
This package is for Friday & Saturday events of up to 175 guests. Your event includes access to La Venture Grove grounds from 8AM-10 PM for a wedding ceremony & reception including all amenities.

Would you like to include your welcome guide?
This is a link to our wedding brochure

Are there any photo restrictions at the venue?
No

Do you have a Getting Ready room?
Yes, we have two designated spaces for brides and grooms

How much can couples expect to pay on average at your venue?
Please inquire for pricing

Who is the best person to contact for a viewing?
Tami Sandiford (Owner)  904-891-4536


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