Photo credit: Grey Rock Mansion/Imagery by Erin
Who doesn’t love being home? Why wouldn’t you – homes are comfortable, versatile, and easy. These five homes allow you to take the ‘home sweet home’ story up a notch. If you want your wedding guests to dive into the lives of farmers, socialites, and property owners of times past, these historic homes will prove to be an inviting experience for your entire party! Here are the five best Baltimore wedding venues for historic home lovers:
Photo: Montpelier Mansion
Just south of Laurel, Maryland, you will discover Montpelier Mansion, located in Prince George County. This 5-part Georgian country home is flanked by central pavilions, internal paneling, and formal gardens – set in 1970 – featuring boxwood hedges, a maze, and an additional summer house. Both an indoor and outdoor space, Montpelier can serve 85 guests with an enriching experience.
In fact, it holds quite a history. Visited by the likes of George Washington, Woodrow Wilson, and FDR, you and your partner can be the next notable guests of the property.
Furthermore, Montpelier Mansion sits upon terrain that was once profitable to numerous indigenous groups including the Pawtuxunt and Mattapanient tribes. In 1658, the home became the property of its first owner, Richard Snowden. The home remained in the Snowden line until 1831 when it was transferred through a series of various owners, and eventually became property of the Maryland-National Capital Park. Through its lifetime, Montpelier Mansion was primarily a plantation for agricultural and iron production, and the preservation of such a monument highlights the stories of those – enslaved and free – who are part of Montpelier’s history.
Photo: Worsell Manor
This loving 1683, Warwick, Maryland, abode features a rustic barn, elegant house, and sweeping property fit for any and all weddings. Within just one hour to five major cities – Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington D.C. – this location can serve you and your party at any time, wherever your guests may be hailing from. Aside from your couple, the biggest fan of this property is none other than George Washington, who frequently attended parties thrown at the intimate manor.
Considered a religious haven at points throughout its history, Worsell has witnessed numerous historical events and provided recluse for notable figures. Now, the property’s fountain garden and white barn boasts authentic charm, fit for a wedding up to 190 guests.
Photo: Glenview Mansion
Glenview Mansion, built in 1926, overlooks 28 acres of beautiful landscape and curated gardens. This neoclassical home resides on the National Registry for Historic Homes and is nothing short of spectacular.
The home boasts boxwood gardens, marble flooring, and a ‘cottage’ – once used as a dollhouse for the daughter of Dr. Lyon, who occupied the home in 1917 with his wife. The manor itself is not the only point of pride, however, as the house sits upon Rockville’s civic center park of 173 acres, open to up to 400 of your guests.
The grounds, originally part of Judge Bowie’s farm, quickly became a hotspot for Washington socialites as the home is a mere half hour from D.C.’s city center. Visit Glenview mansion for a historic and inspiring experience!
Photo: Liriodendron Mansion/Kathleen Hertel Photography
Another choice on the National Registry of Historical Places is Liriodendron Mansion: a free public establishment in popular Bel Air, Maryland. Nearly 3 stories tall, the home, designed by Baltimore firm Wyatt & Nolting, exhibits palladian – neoclassical architecture c. 1715 – influence throughout each magnificent room.
The mansion came into fruition in 1898 and acted as a summer destination for Howard Kelly – one of John Hopkins four founding fathers. In the late 1970s, the home came under the jurisdiction of Harford County for its purposes of educating the public.
You may have full reign of the property, both its elegant house with 3 working fireplaces as well as its sweeping gardens and wisteria-clothed terraces. Liriodendron is happy to accommodate 120 of your guests, all of which can be served from 11 of their closely partnered caterers.
Photo: Grey Rock Mansion/John Heredia Photography
The fifth historical home is none other than 2022 Couple’s Choice award winner: Grey Rock Mansion. Situated on one of the highest points in Baltimore, this mansion is a feast for your eyes.
Romantic chandeliers, an outdoor gazebo, and fountain all befit a romantic wedding. Grey Rock is happy to accommodate 100 seated guests in their ballroom, 180 in their tent, and 250 using both spaces and a dance floor. Allow Grey Rock to whisk you and your guests into an evening of mystery and elegance.
Its history is intriguing. Since its birth in 1858, the home has changed hands numerous times and befitted numerous services. A scene of both fundraisers and events and a retreat and seminary towards the later part of the 20th century, Grey Rock has reached its most elegant purpose yet: a wedding venue.