Located on U.S. Highway 11E near the border of Jefferson and Hamblen counties in Talbott, Arrow Hill Mansion is a throwback to days gone by.
While traffic passes between Morristown and Jefferson City, when one sees Arrow Hill, it’s a hark back to a simpler time.
Arrow Hill mansion is a circa-1857 Antebellum home turned events venue. When Ken and Rowena Smith purchased the home at auction in October, 2015, the Smiths restored the home to its original grandeur.
“What they have done is taken this house and put it back into its original state,” Michelle Moore, on-site coordinator said. “They then opened it as a venue to the community.”
The Smiths also own Main Street Christian Bookstore, Rowena’s, Gigi’s and many other properties in Morristown.
Since the renovations, more than 700 events have taken place at Arrow Hill. There’s been everything from weddings, showers, corporate events, church meetings and birthday celebrations.
“It is popular, but unique,” Moore said. “We want to show the uniqueness.”
The mansion, located in Talbott near the Hamblen-Jefferson county border, will host an open house showing the mansion as a wedding or celebration venue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 20.
A Bridal Registry event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at “Gigi’s” on Main Street in downtown Morristown, a precursor to the mansion’s open house.
Moore said that the goal is to show the mansion’s beauty for weddings and other celebrations.
“Everybody typically gets married in a barn now, but we want to show how unique, different and beautiful a wedding can be here,” Moore said.
Arrow Hill has many unique offerings, lending itself to an array of events.
There are two large dining areas inside, both flanked with working fireplaces, a large summer porch for brunches or teas and a full kitchen for caterers to prep for parties.
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.
The outside has many offerings as well.
While the gazebo is standing tall in the side yard, it can accommodate a fairly large gathering. The carriage house sits at the back of the property and can be used for a smaller, more intimate affair, or as a catering shelter for parties.
Arrow Hill seems to be the best-kept secret venue in the Lakeway Area. The mansion will be staged to give guests a sneak preview of what it could be used for several types of events to help brides or others see some of the elegant and unique offerings of this venue.
The owners look forward to seeing special events come together in the creative uses of the mansion. For more information, call Moore at 423-273-1887.