Friday, June 12, 2009

Site Visit: Billingsley House Museum

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Billingsley House Museum in Upper Marlboro, Maryland for an upcoming July wedding.

The grounds are simply stunning. It's set back behind some municipal facililites. You find yourself on a one lane road, crossing a small wood bridge, and eventually turn a corner and find yourself on a tree lined lane.

A little more information about the property, courtesy of the Prince Georges County Parks and Recreation Department,
"Billingsley House Museum is a brick Tidewater Colonial plantation house that sits on 430 acres on Billingsley Point, overlooking the confluence of the Patuxent River and the Western Branch. The house and land were named for Major John Billingsley, the original 1662 land grant owner. Even though Major Billingsley never lived on the property and there have been 27 title adjustments over its long history, the name "Billingsley" remains. The present house was built around 1740 for the prominent Weems family on or very near the site of an older 1695 house built for Colonel James Hollyday, first Chief Justice of the Prince George's County Court."

A series of charming signs lets you and your guests know you are on the right track!

Before you arrive upon the house, you happen upon a barn, which has been converted to a museum, caterers kitchen, and restrooms.

Then you are greeted by a this beautiful colonial plantation house set on a plush lawn. The landscaping and flowers surrounding the home, which is now a museum, is nicely manicured and well maintained.

I love this balcony:

Although it is in the back, it's actually the main entrance to the house- and it overlooks the Patuxent. Can't you just envision the bride and groom looking out over the scenery at their guests?

Did I mention, THIS is the view?!

On the side of the house, there is a tent set up seasonally and accommodates approx. 120 seated guests. The tent is brand new for the year, and is included with the rental. I like the chandeliers already in place.

Next to the tent is an open grassy area, perfect for an outdoor ceremony, with a breathtaking view of the Patuxent.

I love this shade tree, and think some older guests, or even a string quartet would fit nicely underneath.

I'll save the inside photos for another post!

Have I peaked your interest? Here's the rundown- it's a great deal as far as the rental price is concerned!

The house, grounds, and tented patio are available for rental. Indoor capacity: 26 seated, 50 mingling. Tented patio: 120 seated.


Daily year round, except Sunday


Indoor - 60 maximum
Tented Patio/Lawn - 120


Saturday Rates: $840/7 hours

For additional information, fees and availability, and to view contracts,call 301-627-0730 to speak with a representative from the PG Parks & Rec Department.

I can't wait for Lisa & Mike's July nuptials at this beautiful venue!

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