A byword for elegance and timelessness, it’s no surprise that the Mankin Mansion is the chosen spot for celebrating all sorts of milestones and get-togethers: birthdays, bridal showers, corporate retreats — you name it. Couples who’ve tied the knot on our property often come back for baby showers and anniversaries — a true testament to our estate’s magnetic pull. Our lawn and brick patio are sought-after spots for a late afternoon cocktail party, offering guests so much to do between sips and hors d'oeuvres: a garden maze, a giant chess set, and brick benches for socializing. Enjoy a sun-soaked outdoor fete or take it inside our exposed brick, European-inspired ballroom that’s climate controlled and ready to receive your guests, no matter the weather.
Weather happens — that’s why we have a climate-controlled indoor option for those who want to avoid a bit of rainfall or an overzealous summer sun. That said, our European-inspired Gallery is a stunning space in its own right. Think: exposed brick walls, crystal chandeliers, and a showstopper of a fireplace. It’s part old-world classic, part modern day, and entirely dazzling for indoor ceremonies and receptions.
The Rockefeller Room is located within the main Mansion and is open to guests throughout the entire event. Filled with history, the Rockefeller Room was named after John D. Rockefeller who visited Mankin Mansion and commissioned Mankin Brick for the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. This grand-yet-intimate space is highlighted by a romantic fireplace, a gilded grand piano, and a bespoke mix of classic French and modern velvet furnishings.
What’s better than a leisurely post-ceremony social hour outside, cocktail in hand? While the newlyweds sneak off for photo time, guests will enjoy their time on our sun-drenched lawn and brick terrace. In the evening, romantic Italian lights add a touch of whimsy to the setting, and an outdoor garden maze and chess set keep everyone entertained throughout the day.
Want an indoor-outdoor option? Included in our offerings , this dramatic, high-peak Pavilion offers plenty by way of space, style, and versatility. Inside, you’ll find gold Chiavari chairs, an assortment of tables, cascading drapery, and crystal chandeliers. You’ll also find a lot of customizable options; you can play around with specialized uplighting for dinner and dancing. Soft candles, neon signs, hanging florals — the additions are endless.