Event Venues in Lexington Kentucky & Surrounding Areas

Looking for the perfect Wedding or Event Venue in Beautiful Kentucky?

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Prices taken from the event website July 2017, subject to change:

I. Ashley Inn:

Standard Packages Include:
Property Access 1:00pm~12:00am
Front of House or Grove Ceremony Sites*
Carriage House Reception
(up to 150 guests)
Dressing Rooms for Bridal Party
Parking Attendant
300 Chairs and 15 Tables
We Set Up and Take Down!
*Additional fee applies for premium ceremony sites ~ $300 Lakeside Ceremony, $500 Barn Ceremony. Tax & Gratuity not included in the Package Prices.

Friday Reception & Ceremony:
March, April, July, Aug, & Nov ~ $3,600
May, June, Sept, & Oct ~ $4,000

Saturday Reception & Ceremony:
March, April, July, Aug, & Nov ~ $5,150
May, June, Sept, & Oct ~ $5,700

Sunday Reception & Ceremony:
March, April, July, Aug, & Nov ~ $4,200
May, June, Sept, & Oct ~ $4,600

Grand Wedding Weekend:
Hours of use: Fri 4:00pm – Sun 11:00am

Front of House / Grove / Lakeside / Rustic Barn Ceremony Sites*
Carriage House Reception (up to 150 guests)
Dressing Rooms for Bridal Party
Parking Attendant
300 Chairs and 15 Tables ~ We Set Up and Take Down!
Overnight Accommodations (Fri & Sat Nights for 13 guests)
Breakfast Served Sat & Sun**
Grand Wedding Weekend Pricing:
March, April, July, Aug, & Nov ~ $8,000
May, June, Sept, & Oct ~ $8,700

*Specialty flooring for the barn ~ $200 extra.
**Additional guests $10 each for breakfast.
Tax & Gratuity not included in the Package Prices.

All Inclusive Wedding Package:
Property Access Fri 4:00pm ~ Sun 11:00am
Front of House / Grove / Lakeside / Rustic Barn Ceremony Sites
Dressing Rooms for the Bridal Party
Parking Attendant
Carriage House Reception (up to 150 guests)
300 Chairs & 15 Tables ~ We set up and take down!
Overnight Accommodations Fri & Sat Nights (13 guests)
Breakfast Served Sat & Sun Morning*
Day of Coordination
Ceremony Officiant
Reception Wait Staff
Table & Ceremony Site Decor
Flowers
Music
Buffet Catering
Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Cake/Dessert
Photography Package
Bridal Party Lunch/Snack Service
Clean-Up

$27,000 and up

II. Moonlight Fields
ONE price includes ALL of this…
Rustic Barn with Gorgeous View of Field
Indoor Climate-Controlled Bridal Suite (includes bride’s changing room, bride’s maids room and rest room)
Love Shack (food service building with restroom)
Field of Dreams (gorgeous rolling hillsides)
Hummingbird Patio (includes pond, waterfall and firepit)
25 White Round Tables (seats 8 each, total 200)
Lots of Rustic Decor (wooden arbor, table rounds, jars, burlap, etc.)
Refrigerators and Freezer
Guest Restroom (with all supplies)
Indoor Man Cave (changing room for groom and groomsmen)
3 Wooden Bourbon Barrels
4 Large Wooden Spool Tables
200 White, Folding Chairs
All Electric Included (no generator needed)
Parking Attendants
Wooden Arbor

Friday-Saturday Package (5900)
Friday: set up, decor, rehearsal, dinner
Saturday: ceremony and reception

Sunday Package (3900)
set up, decor, rehearsal, ceremony and reception

III. Cliffview Retreat

IV. Danville Country Club

Prior to Wedding
COMPLIMENTARY FOOD TASTING
COMPLIMENTARY BRIDAL LUNCHEON
DISCOUNTED GOLF FOR GROOM & GROOMSMAN
Wedding Day
ON-SITE COORDINATOR, EXECUTIVE CHEF & EVENT STAFF
INDOOR & OUTDOOR SPACES FOR CEREMONY/RECEPTION
USE OF GROUNDS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
COMPLETE SET UP & BREADKDOWN OF YOUR EVENT
FULL BAR SET UP & BARTENDER(S)
INCLUDES COCKTAIL NAPKINS, CUPS & MIXERS
SKIRTED HEAD TABLE, GIFT TABLE & CAKE TABLE
TABLES & CHAIRS
LINENS, NAPKINS, CHINA, GLASSWARE & FLATWARE
CAKE CUTTING SERVICE
INCLUDES BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE, CAKE PLATES & UTENSILS
DRESSING ROOMS FOR BRIDAL PARTY
AMPLE PARKING
AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT
* THESE AMENITIES ARE INCLUDED IN ROOM RENTAL FEE

Rentals
CEREMONY ARCH
WHITE CHAIR COVERS
BRIDE & GROOM CHAIR COVERS
BRIDAL TABLE OVERLAYS
CARD BOX
GIFT TABLE BACKDROP
GLASS CAKE STAND
GOLD VOTIVES (63)
HURRICANE GLOBES
PLATE CHARGERS
CANDLE HOLDERS FOR BRIDAL TABLE (7)
CAKE TABLE SKIRT
CAKE TABLE BACKDROP
PICTURE FRAMES (23)
* PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT PRICING

A collection of menus for your special day
Hors D’oeuvres
Dinner Catering Menu
Chef Attended Stations
Beverages & Desserts

V. Weddings at Asbury

Choose your Chapel:

Estes Chapel: $899
McKenna Chapel: $899
Liturgical Chapel (not shown/weddings of less than 50): $375
Estes and McKenna Chapel rentals include:

A five-hour block of time: 10am-3pm or 4pm-9pm, which includes setup and cleanup (you may book the full day (if available) for an additional $399).
Rehearsal time the day before from either 5-6:30pm or 6:30-8pm
Professional coordinator
Soundboard operator and audio equipment
Bride and groom dressing rooms
Pair of candelabras
Communion table
Pair of white pillars
Windowsill candles and globes
Grand piano/pipe organ
Tables for guestbook and gifts
Weddings at Asbury does not provide clergy, musicians, florists, photographers, videographers, or full wedding planners. However, we are happy to make recommendations, offer suggestions, and provide bride reviews and information on local vendors.

SOUND AND MUSIC

Your Chapel rental includes a soundboard operator and use of the following equipment:
Organ*
Yamaha grand piano (black)
lapel microphones (3)
pulpit microphone (1)
stand microphones (2)
boom microphone (1)
* Organist must be approved through the Wedding and Event Coordinator 859-858-2129.

WEDDING DIRECTOR

Your package includes a wedding director who will meet with you to help you with setup decisions, menus, create a timeline for your wedding day, review programs and invitations, and be present both at your rehearsal and for five hours on your wedding day. She or he will operate as your liason to all departments on campus during the course of your planning. You are welcome to hire a wedding planner on your own to handle details beyond what Asbury provides.

 

VI. Warrenwood Manor
Warrenwood Manor offers a historic home, barn and grounds to choose from, allowing for numerous options depending on the weather, the look you’re going for and the number of guests you’re expecting. With intimate indoor and expansive outdoor locations, Warrenwood Manor can host your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception all on one property.

At the very least, your weekend package includes the following:
Exclusive use of entire estate from 9 AM to Midnight (all set up and tear down must occur during this time)
Exclusive use of entire estate from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM the day before the wedding for decorating and rehearsal
A two hour engagement/ bridal portrait session
A two hour walk through to discuss set up and bring your vendors
Customized floor plans based on walk through discussion
Use of Bridal Suite & Groom’s Quarters (no overnight stay)
Your choice of multiple ceremony & reception sites (some restrictions based on site selection and guest count)
Use of well lit, gravel parking area for guests and vendors within walking distance of all event space
Use of (23) 60” round tables, (6) hi top tables, (7) 6’ banquet tables
Chiavari chairs provided for use in the house and on the back patio only
Three chandeliers and string lighting in the barn
Large chalkboard in the barn
Two catering prep kitchens
An on-site manager for the entirety of your rental time

All of this is included whether you host the ceremony or reception or both at Warrenwood Manor and there are absolutely no hidden or additional fees owed to the venue.

Available Add-Ons:

Event planning, consultation and/or coordination services
Additional time for set-up or clean-up
Event styling
A shuttle bus
Access to our decor inventory
Anything else you can think of!

At Warrenwood Manor we’re happy to do as much or as little as you’d like on your big day. We offer a base package, but you’re welcome to add desired services, or have us put together an all-inclusive package customized just for you!

What’s not included?
Event coordination services
Table linens
Chairs for in the grass or in the barn
China
Vendors such as Photographer, DJ, Florist, Officiant, etc.

2018 Weekend Wedding Pricing
April, July, August, November: $4,500
May, June, September, October: $5,000
*Please note that special pricing is available upon request for weekday weddings held on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Bodley- Bullock House Details
The Bodley-Bullock House is a welcoming site on your wedding day. This historic building built circa 1814 provides your special day with beautiful Federal and Greek inspired architecture. The brick exterior is a handsome backdrop to your keepsake wedding photos. You and your guests will be thrilled by the home’s three-story stairway, antique furnishings, and grounds to explore. A garden wedding is a lovely option for those looking for a tranquil and intimate ceremony. The Bodley-Bullock side porch is perfect for hosting a cocktail hour after you and your love exchange vows. A wedding celebration inside the house is both traditional and inviting. Partake in an evening of dancing and dining with your closest friends and family. With the addition of simple decorations such as candles and floral arrangements this historic home quickly becomes a romantic environment. Toast to new love in a home filled with experience.
Venue Style Historic/Landmark Building, Event Center, Park/Garden, Outdoor

Services Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception

Capacity Max Indoor Ceremony: 65 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 150 guests
Time Restrictions Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by 11:00PM.

Rental Fees The rental fee ranges from $350 to $1,500 for a ceremony and/or reception and includes 6 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $150/hr. A refundable security deposit of $500 is required.
Wedding Cost The average wedding cost at Bodley- Bullock House is estimated at between $5,455 and $13,290 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.

Terrapin Hill Farm Details
Terrapin Hill Farm is a diverse family farm nestled in the rolling hills of the beautiful Bluegrass region of central Kentucky. This farm is the perfect setting for the ultimate country wedding. The 400-acre farm is located west of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, along the Chaplin river. Fertile river-bottom fields, rolling hills in pasture, hardwood and cedar woods, numerous streams, a mile of river and a 1-acre pond combine earth, water and sky to create a beautiful farm setting. Take your ceremony to the barn or the pavilion and host the ultimate rustic chic party. The venue also offers bonfires, and will allow you and your guests to camp overnight or up to 8 people can stay in the 100 year old farmhouse. The sprawling grounds and fresh air will delight you and your guests as they enjoy scenery as beautiful as your love.
Venue Style
Private Estate, Barn/Farm/Ranch, Park/Garden, Vintage/Rustic, Outdoor
Services
Outdoor Ceremony, Outdoor Reception
Capacity
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 300 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 300 guests
Time Restrictions
Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by 1:00AM unless the Overnight package is chosen.
Rental Fees
Our packages range from $1600 to $3200 for a ceremony and reception. Please visit our website for a complete description of packages and what is included in each. Discounts are given for weekday weddings, less than 75 guests, and for active military members.
Wedding Cost
The average wedding cost at Terrapin Hill Farm is estimated at between $4,700 and $7,480 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa Details

Create memories and share your perfect day with friends and family at this hotel in Lexington, KY. From the idyllic horse country setting to an exquisitely catered reception hall, there’s no better place for a wedding than Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. The historic 19th century antebellum mansion creates an elegant setting highlighted by crystal chandeliers. The Bluegrass Pavilion & Patio offers 4,200 square feet with a great view of the meticulously groomed grounds and golf course. It is accented by French doors and beautiful chandeliers and has a connecting brick patio with picturesque fountain. The Terrace Ballroom is a reception hall perfect for intimate weddings. It features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the pool and golf course. The Grand Ballroom features grand chandeliers and soft wall coverings. The mansion lawn and Overlook are additional outdoor spaces, perfect for your gathering. The possibilities are truly endless at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa.
Venue Style
Hotel/Resort, Ballrooms, Outdoor
Services
Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception
Capacity
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 500 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 500 guests
Time Restrictions
Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by midnight.
Rental Fees
There is no rental fee for the reception but there is a food and beverage minimum applied to all events. The venue allows 5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The set up fee for a wedding ceremony is $1,500.
Wedding Cost
The average wedding cost at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa is estimated at between $11,527 and $14,720 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.

The Livery-Lexington 238 E. Main Street
HEART OF DOWNTOWN LEXINGTON
– TWO ADJOINED SPACES (7200 sq/ft)
– LUXUERY BATHROOMS
– CATERER’S KITCHEN
– CUSTOMIZEABLE LOUNGE SECTIONS
– ROTATING ART GALLERY
– 299 PERSON CAPACITY
– DEDICATED SURROUND SOUND SYSTEMS
-SKYLIGHTS AND EXPOSED BRICK
-ORIGINAL WOOD RAFTERS
-PRE-HUNG MARKET LIGHTS
-UNLIMITED ACCESS FROM 8AM UNTIL MIDNIGHT
– ONSITE LIVERY EMPLOYEE
– CEREMONY SPACE INCLUDED (Best for groups of 175 or less)
-OPEN CATERING
REGULAR SEASON PRICING:
SATURDAY……………………………. $4950
FRIDAY & SUNDAY…………………………….. $3300
MONDAY – THURSDAY……………………………..$1650
PEAK SEASON PRICING (JUNE & OCTOBER WEEKENDS ONLY):
SATURDAY……………………………. $5400
FRIDAY & SUNDAY…………………………….. $3500

 

Moondance Amphitheater is available for rent
Standard Rental Fees
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: $300
Thursdays and Sundays: $600
Fridays and Saturdays: $900
Qualified non-profit groups receive 50 percent discount on the above rates.
All events that require sound and technicians must use the facility’s tech crew and equipment.
Sound equipment rental fee: $250
Sound techs: $20 per hour/each (Most events that require a full sound system will require two techs.)
Facility supervisor: $15 per hour
Unless otherwise agreed in contract, each group that rents the facility:
Provides promotion for the event
Cleans the facility after use
Disposes of all trash
Rental events can begin no earlier than 10 a.m. and end no later than 9 p.m.

Historic Homes in Lexington:

Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate

Henry Clay was an important statesman and famous orator in early 19th-century American politics, a U.S. Senator, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State and three time Presidential candidate. In his home city of Lexington, “Harry of the West” was a respected lawyer, revered and leading gentleman farmer. Although most of the 600 acres of his “beloved Ashland” are now a residential neighborhood, about 20 acres are preserved as a National Historic Landmark. Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate includes an Italianate-style house built for Henry’s son, James. (The house where Clay lived from 1809 until his death in 1852 was torn down in 1857; some of its materials were used in the new Ashland.) There’s a great deal of family memorabilia on display, much of it relating to the “Great Compromiser” himself.

Ashland is located at 120 Sycamore Road and offers tours on the hour, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open on Sundays in the summer from 1 to 4. p.m. Closed January. Only open for groups, by appointment, in February. Admission charged. There’s no charge to visit the formal English parterre-style garden, a favorite spot of local artists, or walk the lovely wooded grounds. (859) 266-8581

The maximum number of attendees at a Keeper’s Cottage event is limited to 30.  The fee for the use of the Cottage between the hours of 9am – 5pm is $300. Non-profits may book the cottage at the discounted rate of $150. For use between the hours of 5pm and 7:30pm the fee is $500 and $300 for non-profits. Each additional half hour, up to 9:30 pm, is $50. In order to secure the date, 50% of the total fee is due at the signing of the contract.  Five business days prior to the event, the balance due plus a damage deposit of $250.

Wedding and Major Event Fees

1 – 50 people Grounds Rental: $1,000 Special Tour Additional: $250
51-100 people $1,500 Keeper’s Cottage Use: $500
101-150 people $2,000

The Mary Todd Lincoln House
Mary Todd, who would become Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s most controversial First Ladies, was born in Lexington in 1818. Her father, Robert Todd, was a successful businessman and Whig politician; her grandfather, Levi Todd, was one of Lexington’s founders. Her mother died when she was six. In 1832, her father and his new wife moved the family to this brick house on West Main Street. Mary lived here until she was 21, when she went to Springfield, Illinois to live with her sister.

She and Abraham Lincoln visited the house several times. Today, family pieces and period antiques as well as personal possessions of Mary Todd are on display. The late Georgian style brick house was built in 1803 to 1806, and includes a period herb and perennial garden in the back yard. Open for tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed December through mid-March. Admission charged. (859) 233-9999

The Hunt-Morgan House
The brick house at 201 North Mill Street has several claims to historic fame. It was built in 1814 for the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies, a hemp merchant named John Wesley Hunt. Among Hunt’s descendants was Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, the flamboyant leader of the guerrilla fighters known as “Morgan’s Raiders.” Local legend has Morgan riding his mare Black Bess up the front steps, stopping to kiss his mother in the hall, and galloping out the back door-with Union troops in hot pursuit. Morgan’s nephew, Thomas Hunt Morgan, born in Lexington in 1866, would become the first Kentuckian to win a Nobel Prize, for his work in genetics.

The Hunt-Morgan House is cherished not only for its human history, but for its architectural features as well. Representing a Kentucky adaptation of the Federal style, it features a large, impressive entrance door with leaded fanlight and sidelight windows; reeded woodwork and door jambs; beautifully carved mantels; and a three-story cantilevered staircase.

Tours are given at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On Saturday tours are given at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The house is closed November through mid-March. There’s a Civil War museum on the second floor. Admission charged. (859) 233-3290 or (859) 253-0362

Bluegrass Note: The Hunt-Morgan House is located in the charming and historic Gratz Park neighborhood. The park was the original site of Transylvania University (now just across Third Street, at the north end of the park), and the houses were built for some of the most prominent and cultured families of Lexington’s early 19th-century days as the “Athens of the West.” The park’s statues of children were a gift from James Lane Allen, a Lexingtonian and popular 19th-century author.

Hunt-Morgan House Rentals

Owned since 1955 by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, the Hunt-Morgan House and grounds are available for rental for a variety of events, including weddings, receptions, and business meetings. Built in 1814, the Hunt-Morgan House includes early-19th century interior and furnishings, an intimate garden, historic grounds, and a private parking lot. The house also has a catering kitchen, updated restroom facilities, an accessibility entrance, as well as a bridal dressing room. To learn more about renting the Hunt-Morgan House (including pricing and availability) or schedule a property viewing, please contact the Blue Grass Trust at (859) 253-0362 or or email us at: info@bluegrasstrust.org

The Hunt-Morgan House offers a perfect setting for:
Weddings
Receptions
Business meetings
Retirement dinners
Dinner parties
Civic club events
Garden parties
Birthday celebrations
Anniversary dinners
Ground Floor: The Parlor, Dining Room, and Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan Room as well as the Foyer are included in rental.
Garden: The entire grounds of the Hunt-Morgan House are available for rental. The Garden can accommodate approximately 150 guests for reception-style events and can hold approximately 120 chairs for theatre-style seating. Tents are permitted in the parking lot.

If the Ground Floor and the Garden are rented together, a maximum of 150 guests are permitted. All rentals include use of the kitchen and bathrooms. Please note that the second floor is not handicap accessible.

Rental Fee Public Rate
Ground Floor: $550 $475
Ground Floor & Garden: $650
Garden Only: $425
Everybody is eligible and is encouraged to become a member of the Blue Grass Trust. The membership fee is $50 and is tax deductible.
Times: All rates reflect a 5 hour time window, including set up and take down. Additional time may be purchased for $80 an hour. Events must end by 11:15pm because the Hunt-Morgan House is located within a residential neighborhood.
Ground Floor: The Parlor, Dining Room, and Dr. Thomas Hunt-Morgan Room as well as the Foyer are included in rental. The Ground Floor can accommodate approximately 130 guests for a reception style event and 60 for banquet style events.
Garden: The entire grounds of the Hunt-Morgan House are available for rental. The Garden can accommodate approximately 150 guests for reception style events and can hold approximately 100 chairs for theatre style seating. Tents are permitted in the parking lot.
If the Ground Floor and the Garden are rented together, a maximum of 200 guests are permitted. All rentals include use of the kitchen and upstairs bathroom. Please note that the second floor is not handicap accessible at this time.
Reservation Deposit
A $500 damage deposit as well as 50% of the rental fee and signed contract are required to hold a date. The remainder of the rental fee will be invoiced 30 days prior to the event. The damage deposit will be refunded within 14 days after the event if no damages occur or excessive cleanup is required.

Waveland
Waveland was built in 1847 for Joseph Bryan, a great-nephew of Daniel Boone. With its Ionic columns and portico, frieze patterned after those on the Acropolis in Greece, 14-foot ceilings, and grand yet graceful demeanor, it is considered an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture in Kentucky. Its human story is that of life on a pre-Civil War hemp plantation. Along with the house itself, slave quarters have been restored.

Owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Waveland is a State Historic Site. There are flower and herb gardens as well as picnic tables and a playground. Tours are given on the hour. Call ahead for hours of operation. The house is open by appointment in the winter. Admission charged. (859) 272-3611

Wedding & Events Rates:

Grounds: $1000.00

Grounds + Barn: $2000.00

Bridal room in slave quarters: $200

Latrobe House
There’s no furniture, and in fact, some of the walls have been torn out. But that’s precisely what attracts most visitors – particularly those with a serious interest in architecture and preservation – to the Latrobe House at 326 Grosvenor Avenue near downtown.

The Latrobe House offers a rare opportunity not only to see a restoration in progress, but to see the restoration of one of only three remaining homes in America designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Latrobe was one of the designers of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, and is known as the “Father of American Architecture.” He is considered America’s first trained professional architect.

The house in Lexington, also known as the Senator John and Eliza Pope Villa, was designed for a prominent early Kentucky politician in 1811. One of its most interesting architectural features is a rotunda set in the middle of the square house plan. Over the decades, however, the house’s facade and interior were greatly altered and remodeled. It wasn’t until a 1987 fire and subsequent cleanup that it became apparent that the house was built exactly to Latrobe’s design, a factor that makes it even more architecturally significant.

During a tour you’ll get an explanation of whatever work happens to be underway. Plans include restoring the facade to its 1811 appearance and restoring the original interior layout. When the restoration is complete the house will serve as a center for preservation.

Latrobe House is owned by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, and is open for tour by appointment (call 859-253-0362). Admission charged.

More Historic Lexington Places

Private homes aren’t Lexington’s only historical buildings. Here is a sampling of other noteworthy sites.

Patterson Cabin. At Transylvania University, on Broadway at Third Street, you can see the Patterson Cabin, built around 1783 by one of Lexington’s founders. Old Morrison, the school’s Greek Revival style administration building, was built between 1830 and 1834. Its designer was Gideon Shryock, one of Kentucky’s leading Greek Revival architects.

Old Fayette County Courthouse. This Romanesque-style structure on Main Street is Lexington’s fifth courthouse, and is currently undergoing renovation. To the west is Cheapside, a small park with a pavilion. Originally a wide street, this was the site of slave auctions and abolitionists’ speeches in antebellum Lexington; later it was the site of horse sales and other trading.

First National Building. Also on Main Street is Lexington’s first “skyscraper.” The 15-story First National Building at Main and Upper streets was the tallest building between Cincinnati and Atlanta when built in 1914. It is now home to the 21c Museum Hotel.

The Lexington Opera House at Broadway and Short Street was built in 1886 and restored in 1975. Al Jolsen, Will Rogers and Fanny Brice are among those who have graced its stage; the Opera House is still used for ballet and stage performances. (859) 233-4567

Lexington Cemetery. Since 1849, over 60,000 people have been buried in this beautifully landscaped, parklike cemetery west of the downtown business district. Nationally known as an arboretum and garden, it contains many lovely and interesting monuments to well-known Kentuckians, many adorned with statues, poetry and interesting epitaphs. Most visible is the 130-foot tall Henry Clay monument. At the top is a statue of Clay facing toward his beloved Ashland estate. The grounds are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Free. Keep in mind that while parklike, the Lexington Cemetery is not a park; no picnicking, pets, bicycling, sports activities or sunbathing allowed. (859) 255-5522

Loudoun House. The Gothic villa at 209 Castlewood Drive in Lexington is considered one of the finest Gothic Revival houses in the South. It was built in 1849-1850 for Francis Key Hunt, who chose one of the leading architects of the time, Alexander Jackson Davis of New York, to design his house. Davis had designed many of the mansions in New York’s Hudson Valley. Davis designed a romantic, castle-like villa with towers and turrets. Loudoun House is home to the Lexington Art League, which uses it as exhibit and classroom space and for special events and artists’ studios. (859) 254-7024

Rent The Loudoun House for your Special Event!
Want to add some 19th century grandeur and charm to your wedding or special event? Rent the Loudoun House! One of the best surviving examples of Gothic Revival architecture, the Loudoun House is a unique, unforgettable venue for your meeting, reception, party, or wedding.
Rental Costs
Rental costs include a $350 refundable security deposit and a rental fee of $300 per hour, including setup time.

To receive the $350 security deposit following your event, the house must be returned in the condition it was received.
The galleries can be closed to the public when private events are booked.
All events with alcohol must have a licensed caterer.
The Loudoun House best suits weddings under 200 guests with both our indoor and outdoor options.

Click here to download the Loudoun House floor plan (this contains first floor specifications only).
To schedule your event or to receive a copy of the rental agreement contact info@lexingtonartleague.org.

City of Lexington Rentals:

Indoor facilities

Tates Creek Ballroom
The Tates Creek Ballroom is a single 38’ x 100′ room. The room is a perfect location for meetings, dinners and receptions of up to 200 guests.
Rental fees are $100 per hour Monday – Thursday and $150 per hour Friday – Sunday. A $300 security deposit required.
Alcohol permits must be applied for at minimum 60 days in advance. (NO BYOB OR CASH BARS)
Reservations for the Tates Creek ballroom begin on the first business day starting July 1, for the following year.
Tates Creek Ballroom
1400 Gainesway Drive
Lexington, KY

McConnell Springs
Kentucky-American Water Company Education Center provides an attractive modern setting for groups wishing to host meetings or receptions of up to 75 guests.
Large windows provide a picturesque view of the flower garden, fountain and bird sanctuary.
Rental fees are $75 per hour and a $300 security deposit is required. No alcohol is permitted at McConnell Springs.
Please note the facility in not available to rent before 5 p.m. daily.
Reservations of McConnell Springs begin on the first business day starting July 1, for the following year.
McConnell Springs
416 Rebmann Ln.
Lexington, KY

Bell House
This historic home is the perfect location for an occasion hosting up to 115 guests or 75 seated guests, and with its sweeping grand staircase, it’s the ideal setting for gracious indoor weddings and receptions.

Rental fees are $100/hour Monday – Thursday and $150/hour Friday – Sunday. (3 hr. minimum) A $300 security deposit required.

Alcohol permits must be applied for at minimum 60 days in advance. (NO BYOB OR CASH BARS)

Reservation of the Bell House begins on the first business day starting July 1, for the following year.
Bell House
545 Sayre Ave.
Lexington, KY

Castlewood Barn
Located in one of Lexington’s oldest parks, this rustic barn includes picnic table seating and a kitchen. The barn is adjacent to a playground.
No alcohol is permitted at Castlewood Barn.
Rental fees are $100 per day.
Rental Times:
April – October 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
November – March 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Castlewood Barn
201 Castlewood Drive
Lexington, KY

Camp Kearney
Camp Kearney is an indoor facility located at the rear of Jacobson Park.
The rental of the facility includes the use of the main building and surrounding park amenities.
The building is equipped with water and limited electricity and restrooms
Rental fees are $30/hour (3 hr. minimum).

Camp Kearney is not available for rent between May and November.
Camp Kearney
4001 Athens-Boonesboro Road
Lexington, KY

Picadome Golf Course Outing Room
Facility offers meeting rooms with great views of green vistas, ideal for business and professional meetings as well as golf outings.
An outside vendor will supply food and beverage needs. Each facility seats over 100 guests and can be arranged in a variety of ways to meet your needs.
Gay Brewer Jr Golf Course at Picadome
469 Parkway Dr.
Lexington, KY
Hours:
Daily: 7 a.m. to dusk
(859) 288-2990
Outdoor Facilities

These facilities are good for small concerts, festivals, community events and wedding ceremonies.

Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park
This open-air glass pavilion covers approximately 5,700 square feet and sits on granite pavers in the heart of downtown Lexington. Located next to the historic Lexington Courthouse, this outdoor setting makes a perfect location for large community gatherings and corporate events. Rental fees are $700 for a four hour block (minimum) with $150 per each additional hour. A $200 security deposit is required. Additional labor rates may apply. Renter must fill out an application with the Special Events Commission in the Mayor’s Office a minimum of 12-weeks prior to the event. Lexington Parks & Recreation must also approve.
Cheapside
251 W. Main St.
Lexington, KY

Gratz Park
Located in downtown Lexington, next to Transylvania University, this park is an ideal wedding ceremony location.
Rental fee is $100 for a four hour window between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Park capacity for weddings is 150 people.
Reservation of Gratz Park begins on the first business day starting July 1, for the following year.
Please note there are no rentals on Mother’s Day weekend or between July 1 – 5.
Gratz Park
250 West Third St
Lexington, KY

Carnegie Center

Costs of rentals during business hours:
$100/hour, $50/hour for non-profits

This fee include tables, chairs, PA system, speakers, microphone, etc.
Business hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am-7:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Costs of rentals outside of business hours:
$150/hour, $100/hour for non-profits
with a minimum of $750 (total of 5 hours which may include set-up/breakdown)

There is also a $125 cleaning fee for all rentals outside of regular business hours. This cost not only covers sweeping/mopping the floors following your event, but also the bathrooms. In addition, this minimal fee helps cover the cost of toilet paper, trash bags, light bulbs, Wi-Fi, etc. At least one staff member will be working in the building during your event, in case of an emergency.

Half of your total rental fee is due with the contract to reserve the space. Your remaining balance is due no later than the day of your event.

Renter responsibilities:
While we’d like to provide support in any way we can, due to our small staff we are unable to assist with other planning aspects leading up to and including the day of the event. The renter will be responsible for all aspects of event coordination, including:

SET-UP & CLEAN-UP: The room will be left clean, but not set-up. You will be responsible for all set-up/clean-up, including moving all chairs/tables back to their original location, and for taking all trash to curb.
FOOD: We do not have a preferred caterer. Renter may bring in their own drinks and food.
ADVERTISING: This includes marketing, making and distributing flyers, etc. We can provide general directions to our building, but do not plan to make our staff the point of contact for guests of your event.
For pricing, available dates, and additional information,
please contact Sarah Chapman by phone (859-254-4175, ext. 21) or by email at sarah@carnegiecenterlex.org.

HISTORIC PLACES IN THE BLUEGRASS REGION

History beckons from every direction in Lexington. Believe it or not, here’s just a sampling of attractions worth visiting:

America’s largest restored Shaker community. About 25 miles southwest of Lexington via US 68 is Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. More than 30 beautifully restored buildings display Shaker furniture, crafts, textiles, and other artifacts. There also are gardens, craftmaking demonstrations, an interpretive center and many special events. Spring through fall, you can take a paddlewheel ride down the Kentucky River, the state’s most historic waterway. Open daily. Admission charged. (859) 734-5411

Pioneer places. Just a few miles from Shaker Village is Old Fort Harrod State Park, in Harrodsburg. The fort is a nicely done, scale replica of Kentucky’s first permanent settlement. The adjacent Pioneer Cemetery and many items in the Mansion Museum are the real McCoys. The fort is open year round but hours vary; the museum closes in winter months. Admission charged. (859) 734-3314

In rural Mercer County is the Old Mud Meetinghouse, an 1800 Dutch Reform church building. Tours are by appointment; call the Harrodsburg Historical Society after 1 p.m. at (859) 734-5985 to arrange a guided tour.

Where leaders lived. South of Lexington via Interstate 75 (or the historic Valley View Ferry off KY 169) is White Hall State Historic Site. (859) 623-9178. This elegant Italianate mansion built around 1799 was ahead of its time on such matters as indoor plumbing and central heating. Just as interesting is the story of its owner, Cassius Marcellus Clay, an outspoken emancipationist, newspaper publisher and Minister to Russia. Open Wednesday through Sunday, April 1 through October 31. Call for hours. Admission charged. Nearby, between Richmond and Winchester, is another replica of a pioneer fort. Fort Boonesborough State Park (859) 527-3131, replicates the frontier outpost settled by Daniel Boone in 1775. Open Wednesday through Sunday, April 1 through October 31. Open Friday through Sunday in the winter. Winchester’s Main Street is a charming example of a 19th-century commercial district. The Holly Rood Clark Mansion, built in 1813 for Kentucky’s 12th governor, James Clark, is open by appointment. (859) 745-6664

Civil War camp and cemetery. Past Nicholasville off US 27, south of Lexington, is Camp Nelson Civil War Site. Camp Nelson was a large base of operation for the Union army, particularly as a recruiting center for African-American soldiers. Thousands of Kentucky slaves joined Union forces, and after Emancipation, thousands of African-American families received official documents of freedom at this spot. More than 4,000 Civil War casualties are buried in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. (859) 881-5716

A constitutional square and a “country” doctor. Continuing south via US 27 and US 150 you’ll come to Danville, home of Constitution Square State Historic Site (134 South 2nd Street; 859-239-7794). The site includes a pre-1792 post office (the first west of the Alleghenies) and replicas of an early meetinghouse, courthouse and jail. Just across the street is the McDowell House, where in 1809, pioneering Kentucky doctor Ephraim McDowell performed the first successful surgery to remove an ovarian tumor. The Federal-style house includes an apothecary with early medical and dental supplies and equipment. Admission charged. (859) 236-2804. A walking tour of this picturesque community includes the Rodes House, 305 North Third, where the film “Raintree County” was filmed in 1956. Pick up a walking and driving tour map at the visitor center (105 East Walnut Street; 859-236-7794).

Fields of battle. Ten miles west of Danville, at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, you can walk the fields where Kentucky’s biggest and bloodiest Civil War battle was fought on October 8, 1862. The battle is reenacted each October. (859) 332-8631

Home of an Indian fighter. East of Danville and Stanford via US 150 is one of Kentucky’s oldest brick houses. The William Whitley House State Historic Site was built in the 1780s. Features include a hidden staircase and hiding places in case of Indian attack. Open mid-May through December. (606) 355-2881

A governor’s “Retreat.” Northeast of Stanford, returning toward Lexington, is the “newest” historic house in the Bluegrass, Pleasant Retreat. Begun in 1804, the former home of 1840s Kentucky Governor William Owsley, was saved from the bulldozer by a group of local citizens. Call for an appointment. (859) 792-3531

Pioneers and a place of prayer. North of Lexington in Paris, you can see Duncan Tavern (323 High Street; 859-987-1788). Guests at this 1788 stone tavern included Daniel Boone. At Cane Ridge Meeting House east of Paris (KY 537; 859-987-5350) you’ll see the largest log meetinghouse in the nation. Mass revivals here in 1801 and 1804 led to the founding of the Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ. Open daily, April through October. Call ahead in winter months.

A monument to the lost cause. Battle Grove Cemetery on East Pike Street in Cynthiana (north of Paris via US 68 and US 27) contains what is thought to be the second oldest Confederate memorial in the United States. Indian Creek Baptist Church on Millersburg Pike is the oldest church west of the Alleghenies that is still in use.

Revolutionary reminder. Off US 68, about 20 miles north of Paris, is Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, site of the last Revolutionary War battle in the West in 1782. A monument marks those who died, including Daniel Boone’s son Israel. (800) 443-7008

Bluegrass Note: Ward Hall, just west of Georgetown on US 460, is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the nation. This huge house – 75 feet square – was built as the summer home of Mississippi planter Junius Ward in 1856 (for the then lavish sum of $50,000). Features include a two-story portico with 40-foot columns, rubbed walnut woodwork, lavish interior fresco ornamentation and a winding staircase. It is occasionally open for touring: call (502) 863-5356.

Country places and an unsung hero. Off US 60 west of Lexington (turn right on KY 1967 next to the castle) is Pisgah, the state’s largest rural historic district, including the 1812 Pisgah Church. Returning to US 60 and continuing west you’ll come to Woodford County, where historic sites include the Jack Jouett House (Craig’s Creek Pike; 859-873-7902). The Federal-style brick cottage was built in the late 1790s by Jouett, an unsung “Paul Revere” who made a daring all-night ride to save Thomas Jefferson from capture by the British. Closed November through March.

Capital history and the “Wright stuff.” Kentucky’s capital, Frankfort, west of Lexington via I-64, contains numerous public and private buildings of historic interest. You can tour the Beaux Arts-style Capitol building (502) 564-3449; the restored 1914 Beaux Arts-style Governor’s Mansion, modeled after Marie Antoinette’s summer villa (502) 564-3449; and the Old State Capitol, with its intriguing self-supporting stone staircase (502) 564-1792. Private homes open for tour include Liberty Hall (home to Kentucky’s most famous ghost, the “Grey Lady”) and the Orlando Brown House, both beautiful examples of elegant Kentucky living in the early 1800s (a dual tour is offered; 502-227-2560). The Vest-Lindsey House, built in 1820, was the boyhood home of U.S. Senator George Graham Vest, who is credited with the phrase “dog is man’s best friend.” (502) 564-6980. Frankfort also includes the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Kentucky; privately owned, it is not currently open for tours but you can drive by: 509 Shelby Street, Frankfort, KY.

Memorable memorials. The picturesque Frankfort Cemetery, overlooking the Kentucky River, is the resting place of many Kentucky notables including Daniel and Rebecca Boone and poet Theodore O’Hara, whose tombstone carries his famous poem “Bivouac of the Dead.” One of the most unusual and personal war memorials in the nation is located on Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort; the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a huge sundial. Names of the 1,065 Kentuckians killed in Vietnam are arranged so that the shadow of the gnomen touches each soldier’s name on the anniversary of his death.

Bluegrass Wedding Barn

Located on a beautiful Kentucky horse farm, Bluegrass Wedding Barn is a unique venue set on 76 acres of rolling hills, providing gorgeous views and endless options for your event. Add rustic charm and natural elegance to your special day.

Bluegrass Wedding Barn is a part of Spring Clover Farm, a working farm and special place we call home. Our barn was originally constructed as an equine training center and boarding facility, however after many inquiries regarding hosting events on the property, it became clear to us that the large barn coupled with the amazing views and private grounds would be the perfect place for couples looking for a unique, natural setting to celebrate their wedding.

We are located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region of Central Kentucky less than one hour from Lexington and ninety minutes from Louisville. The city of Danville and Boyle County offer numerous hotels, restaurants, shopping, and many sightseeing opportunities for out of town guests.

From simply vintage, to formal elegance, our goal is to help you create the wedding of your dreams. If you prefer, send us an email at info@bluegrassweddingbarn.com

Pioneer Playhouse

The Shelter House, Pioneer Playhouse’s indoor theatre, makes an excellent gathering place for events!

To inquire about renting, call the Pioneer Playhouse office, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
Local: 859- 236-2747
Toll Free: 866-597-5297
emails: pioneerplayhouse@att.net
Address Inquires to: Charlotte Henson
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Dates Available: the facility is available to rent for the months of March, April, May; September, October, November.

Shelter House Rental (includes central heat and air, holds up to 300 guests) – $500 per day/ night.

In addition to the $500 rental fee, there is a $100 security deposit which will be refunded if the renter cleans up all trash, tidies up after the event and there is no damage to property.

There is an additional $75 fee for the use of kitchen equipment (stove, oven, refrigerator) on day of event.

Renters may come a few days early, to set up. Tables and chairs are available as well as stage, stage lighting and a basic sound board. Pioneer Playhouse does not provide decorations or microphone equipment. No candles or flammable items may be used in decorations.

Bathrooms are available (unisex in winter).

Hitchin Post Junction City Kentucky

Barn Hall – Where simplicity meets sophistication:

An architecturally magnificent reception hall that seats up to 300
A charming indoor chapel filled with original finish textures and warmth of colors
An outdoor ceremony site with a pastoral view
A petting zoo as an added entertainment for your guests
A cafe to comfortably host bridal parties, celebrations, get togethers and rehearsal dinners
A prop, vase and centerpiece rental shop to provide affordable theme pieces for your decor
A photobooth to add entertainment for your guests and candid photo keepsakes for both of you
Two outdoor arbors perfect for gathering over light refreshments
A private bridal party dressing suite complete with a hotub
A bridal party haywagon ride
Tuxedo rental and drop off site

The Barn Hall starts at $2,975 and accommodates up to 300 people
The indoor ceremony site is offered for $400 with hall rental and $450 without
The outdoor ceremony site starts at $425 with hall rental and $475 without
DJ services start at $600 for up to seven hours of playtime

The Hitch– The Hitching Post Elopement Package $675
A perfect option for low key couples looking for a memorable yet easy-to-manage affair. This is a great evening work week option as well.

Interfaith Officiant for an indoor ceremony at the Barn using a standard ceremony
Use of the cafe for a four hour Ceremony & Reception event
Silk bridal bouquet and boutonniere from our stock selection
Guest seating for up to 35
Fresh flowers on guest cafe tables from our selection
Reception music with unmanned mixed genre playlist
Coffee, lemonade & Chef’s choice cupcakes and cookie selection
Food additional please select from our Hot Hitch or Cold Hitch offerings
“Hot” Hitch grazing menu option $8.75 per head – 25 person minimum and includes Meatballs with Guinness Gravy or Cheddar BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders ($1.00 up-charge for both), Tavern Cheese and Crackers, Coffee, Lemonade or Ice Tea. Disposable tableware.
“Cold” Hitch grazing menu option $7.75 per head – 25 person minimum and includes mini Artisan sandwiches, Tavern Cheese & Crackers, Vegetable Tray with Dip Platter, Disposable tableware.
Lots of other food options available
TheMini Hitch– The HP Cafe Elopement Package $550
Interfaith Officiant for an indoor ceremony using a standard ceremony
Use of the cafe for a two hour Ceremony & Reception event
Silk bridal bouquet and boutonniere from our stock selection
Guest seating for up to 35
Fresh flowers on guest cafe tables from our selection
Coffee, lemonade & a cupcake and cookie selection of Chef’s choice

The Cafe– Indoor/outdoor, a place to gather:
A fun place to get together in a relaxed and unique atmosphere. We offer both indoor and outdoor seating, Bar-B-Q’s, picnic settings, animals, hay fields and outdoor games. Great for showers, anniversaries, birthdays, memorials, vow renewals and reveals!

Rehearsal dinner cafe rentals start at $75
Private parties start at $150
Food additional and packages are available
Decorating available, fresh flowers always included as available
Indoor seating for 45 and outdoor seating for 36 under the arbor
Additional outdoor tables can be set up outside of the arbor

 

 

Other:
Standing occupancy
Hillary J Boone Center 500 people $1000 Sunday-Thursday
GlenLary Estate, 500, $2000 Sun-Thurs
Grand Reserve, 650, $2000 Sun-Thurs Weddings $10,000.00
Arts Space, 300, $1000 Sun-Thurs
Oasis, Paris, 300, $1000 Sun-Thurs
Copper Roux, 200 seated, $1000 – $1900
Glen Willis House $300-$1500 Frankfort
Red Mile
Keeneland
Spindletop
Carrick House, 700
Event Barn at Evans Orchard, 200, $3500-$6200
Woodford Inn
White Hall Richmond
Berry Hill Mansion, Frankfort
Meeting House, Frankfort,
Bennet House B&B, Richmond
Liberty Hall, Frankfort,
Madison Indoor Richmond,
Beaumont Inn, Harrodsburg