Did you get engaged in 2015? Consider these historic wedding venues.

Braehead Manor, image courtesy Braehead Manor

Fredericksburg’s storied history has left this region with some truly impressive venues for weddings and other events. If wedding planning is on your list for 2016, be sure to visit some of the unique historic wedding venues the Fredericksburg region has to offer. Find a full guide to wedding and group event planning here.

Braehead Manor(pictured above) This Greek revival home where Robert E. Lee took breakfast on the morning of the Battle of Fredericksburg has been painstakingly restored and furnished with period antiques. Nestled in the quiet surrounds of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Braehead offers a peaceful, elegant and meaningful setting for a wedding.

Belmont

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at BelmontThis National Historic Landmark was the home of early 20th-century American painter Gari Melchers and his wife, Corinne, whose love story makes this a romantic setting for a wedding. The garden and Studio Pavilion offer scenic settings for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Click here for full details on booking and availability.  

Weddings by Clore

Riverside Weddings by CloreThe Rappahannock River lies at the heart of Fredericksburg’s historical significance, and Clore Bros. offers an opportunity for a wedding on the banks of the river, in a secluded wooded setting just minutes outside of the Fredericksburg city limits. A wedding pergola, bridal cottage, tents, chairs and much more is available here.

Fredericksburg Square

Fredericksburg SquareThis stately 1854 building was originally a private residence, and the meeting place of the Elks Lodge until 1997. Today it is an event venue with all the elegance of a grand mansion ballroom—soaring ceilings, hardwood floors, chandeliers and both indoor and outdoor venues.

Inn at the Olde Silk Mill

The Inn at the Olde Silk MillThis unique property includes both a 27-room antique-appointed bed and breakfast and a renovated 1889 mill building that can host events of up to 300 guests. The Inn at the Olde Silk Mill manages to capture multiple eras of Fredericksburg’s history. The inn itself was a motor lodge during the days when U.S. 1 was the main thoroughfare up and down the East Coast and ran along Princess Anne Street. The renovated mill building was built as a factory where more than 200 women were employed spinning silk. It is part of a larger history of milling that is on the verge of being reborn in this part of Fredericksburg, now known as the Mill District.

The Kenmore Inn

Kenmore InnIn the heart of Downtown Fredericksburg, the Kenmore Inn is an 1824 home that now serves as a 9-room bed and breakfast and full-service event venue. From the garden patio and koi pond to the stately main-level entertaining rooms, this property is full of charm. It’s also within walking distance of many other major Fredericksburg attractions, restaurants and hotels.

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Stevenson Ridge - This 82-acre retreat is home to 10 restored historic structures—many of which have been painstakingly moved from locations elsewhere in Virginia and North Carolina. Stevenson Ridge offers cozy, quiet lodging, as well as special events and catering for weddings and other events. All of this sits on a bucolic sprawling property situated right next to the Spotsylvania Battlefield, part of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and site of the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.