Guide to North Carolina Plantations

Many people have found that old plantation homes in NC make beautiful locations for weddings and other events. Here are a few that are open to guests.

The Carolinas are full of historical plantations including North Carolina. Although North Carolina plantations are associated with important landmarks in history, some of these family homes have been renovated and are popular spots for weddings and social activities. Brides and grooms love having their pictures under large hanging oak trees and taking carriage rides to the receptions at a southern mansion. Here are some of the North Carolina plantations that are open to the public for special events.

Magnolia Manor Plantation Bed & Breakfast in Warrenton, North Carolina

This antebellum mansion and farm have been around since the late 1800s and is a popular bed and breakfast and wedding location. The inn was renovated and opened for guests in 2003. People who stay the night or book a wedding have access to the inn’s catering service, Carriage House, gazebo, and other options. The Magnolia Manor farmland and grounds are perfect for outdoor weddings and garden receptions.

Chinqua Penn Plantation in Reidsville, North Carolina

The Penn family built this beautiful plantation in the early 1900s and turned it into a plantation taking up nearly 1,000 acres. Today the restored southern home, gardens, and courtyard are open for wedding and events such as wine sampling and tours. Many visitors also go to the Chinqua Penn plantation for the Spring Tulip Festival.

Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, North Carolina

Right off the coast in Wilmington, the Foy family established this peanut plantation in 1795 and the house around 1850. The Penn family kept the land for many years and it is now managed by the Poplar Grove Foundation. Visitors to the home can see various stages from the past including basket making, weaving, and blacksmithing. The home is open for weddings, meetings, and other activities. Tours are available which feature hayrides, exhibits, and visits with the animals at the plantation. Guests can even walk through the sixty-seven-acre nature trail.

Abilena Plantation in New Bern, North Carolina

This renovated 1927 southern mansion has been the backdrop for many weddings and is now owned by a local wedding photographer. Abilena Plantation is situated on the scenic Neuse River right on the water and is open for meetings, receptions, and weddings. Individuals who book the New Bern historical home for events have access to the riverfront patio, outdoor pool, and other outdoor facilities.


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