Arrow Hill Mansion was decked out in all its glory Saturday.
The historic mansion was host to an open house Saturday at its location in Talbott near the Hamblen-Jefferson county line on U.S. Highway 11E.
“We were pulling this together (Friday) and I can’t figure out what my favorite is,” Ann Hale said.
As one came into the mansion, the front was decorated with balloons going from the front porch into the sky in an indescribable sight. Once inside the mansion, the sounds of harp playing from Christa Leann Wenger of Mount Carmel filled the old house.
To the right, the living room was decorated in spring finery and three tables in an adjoining room were decorated for various events. There was a table with another balloon display coming from the floor to ceiling. A children’s table decorated with Beatrix Potter plates with Peter Rabbit made for a sweet setting.
The staircase was closed off, but it was decorated with flowers and ribbon. An adjoining dining room was decorated, as were a tea set and another room at the back decorated in Easter Bunny attire.
There are bride and groom suites upstairs complete with dining area for a pre-wedding bridesmaids luncheon or brunch all at the top of a beautiful sweeping staircase.
Outside, a gazebo stands in the corner of the property. It was adorned with wedding decorations.
The carriage house in the very back of the property was adorned with a mixture of horse show ribbons, saddles and riding equipment. Local photographer Renee Hardin, an eight-year veteran professional photographer, was set up there with photos from three weddings she has taken pictures of at the mansion.
“It’s a beautiful place, I love to work with the people here,” Hardin said. “It’s wonderful to be able to catch their day, to see the groom’s face when he sees his bride.”
Wedding venues have changed over the last 20 to 30 years, from churches to barns and mansions and more.
Rowena Smith, owner of the mansion who restored the house and grounds along with her husband, Ken, was pleased with the turnout.
“It’s been wonderful because so many people have connections,” Smith said. “With its past history, people have gotten married here, have had an anniversary here and their children have been married here.
The mansion is suited for weddings, birthday parties, wedding receptions, anniversary parties, both baby and bridal showers, church events and luncheons.
Arrow Hill hosts sponsors midweek sponsors luncheons in the spring, then take a break during summer before resuming the luncheons in the fall.
“That’s always fun and you can go ahead and make a reservation,” Smith said. “These are produced and orchestrated by Arrow Hill.”
According to Events Coordinator Michelle Moore, an estimated 40 to 50 weddings took place at the mansion last year with other events filling the calendar.
Arrow Hill is one of the easiest event destinations to get to, fronted by U.S. Highway 11E.
“It’s easy to find, the parking is easy,” Smith said. “It’s easy to navigate. The house lends itself to period correct or modern events. A lot of people are seeking the destination spot. We offer the beautiful historic venue.”
For more information about booking an event, contact Moore at 423-273-1877