Beyond expectations, the grace and elegance of historic Pharsalia welcomes all with authentic southern hospitality. Located at the foot of dePreist Mountain in Nelson County, Virginia, and commanding stunning views, Pharsalia is where your dreams become a reality.
On the Eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between Charlottesville and Lynchburg, Pharsalia commands majestic views of Virginia’s Wine Country. Built in 1814 as a wedding gift, Pharsalia continues the traditions of southern hospitality today!
Pharsalia offers Events, classes, farm to table dinners, corporate entertaining and tours of the 1814 plantation, gardens and outbuildings throughout the season. This year we will have a 40'x100' sailcloth tent with wooden poles and floor on our grounds from April- October. Peruse our calendar or contact us to book your event.
Pharsalia’s fresh cut flower farm capitalizes on the seasonal abundance of blooms available in Virginia. With a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, grower Foxie Morgan cultivates native and specialty blooms for Purchase.
Discover Your Dream Wedding at Pharsalia
The historic home, the parlors, porches, canopies of shade trees, and various out-buildings on the property provide many options to customize your event. The vast grounds and gardens at Pharsalia inspire seasonal, fresh floral designs with professional and creative services available to capture your vision. Poolside, on the lawn, overlooking vineyards and orchards, or wherever your desires take you; our aim is to provide a unique space where you can craft your own special day.
Site Rental and Tent Packages
These packages include a tented reception site as a part of the rental fee.
The venue and tent rental include the following:
43' x 103' Tidewater Sailcloth Tent with Custom Fir Side poles and perimeter string lighting. Much like an outdoor ballroom!
(4) Pennant Flags for Tent Peaks
Clear Sidewall to Surround Tent in Case of Inclement Weather
Distressed Wood Floor Under Entire Tent…No Dance Floor Needed
Wooden Benches for ceremony; 10 of each size available; in 6’ & 12’ lengths
10 Wooden Farm Tables that seat 10. We do not have chairs. You will need to order.
***Rentals are for a 5 hour block of event time between 10 a.m. and 12 a.m. Set-up is included prior to the event, and one hour of time past the scheduled end time is allowed for break-down and clean-up.
(Additional time may be purchased at a rate of $250/half hour)
The Historic Pharsalia home is available for dressing and pre-ceremony traditions, as well as a post ceremony self guided tour for your guests. You will also have access to an indoor bar area, the gorgeous cocktail courtyard and our pristine flower and herb gardens where your guests can mingle and take in the majestic mountain views. We only host one wedding a weekend so the focus is on you!
Call (434-277-5231) or email (email@example.com) to make an appointment and learn more about pricing. We do tours every day of the week unless we have a function so call soon to get on the calendar. Pharsalia loves to entertain however we are a working farm and private home and are not open to the public on a daily basis. We are open by appointment only.
Cut flowers from our on-site flower gardens are for sale seasonally, and can be a truly memorable way to incorporate Pharsalia’s natural beauty into your wedding day.
Pharsalia Flower Farm
Pharsalia’s fresh cut flower farm capitalizes on the seasonal abundance of blooms available in Virginia. With a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, grower Foxie Morgan cultivates native and specialty blooms for purchase.
Flowers are available for sale by the bucket, or in various floral design packages. Please contact Foxie Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org to start your order today.
Because we are a natural and locally oriented flower farm, the availability of our blooms varies seasonally. Below you will find a brief sampling of some of the blooms that are available from Pharsalia. Pharsalia loves to entertain however we are a working farm and private home and are not open to the public on a daily basis. We are open by appointment only. 434-277-5231.
Description of Availability by Season
Please note that assorted seasonal greenery is always available. Contact us for more information, and specific availability and pricing.
Early Spring (March-April)
Early spring flowers at Pharsalia have a woodland flower feel. Some specialty blooms include Daffodils, Tulips, Tree Peonies, Viburnums, Lilacs, and Hellebores. Colors are typically soft, and include purples, pinks, blues, and whites.
Spring at Pharsalia is a time of abundant Peonies! We have thousands available ranging in color from deep reds to coral to white. Soft woodland perennial blooms are still available, as well as bright pops of color. Some of our spring favorites are; Solomons Seal, Deutzia, Snapdragons, Mock Orange, Baptisia, and fragrant garden Roses.
Summer flowers are all about color with Zinnias, Celosia, Sunflowers, and Snapdragons blooming profusely. Hydrangeas are available in many varieties and colors, as well as Lilies.
Summer flowers continue blooming into the fall at Pharsalia. Fragrant white Tuberose and Dahlias in every color come into bloom. Garden Roses have their second flush. Seasonal harvest items such as ornamental apples and gourds make a show, and many dried flowers are available as the frost hits our flower fields.
Early Winter (October- January)
Seasonal greens and berries are abundant, as well as a good assortment of dried flowers from the summer season. Berries include Red and Orange Winterberry, Nandina Berries, various Hollies, and Bittersweet. Greens include many varieties of Pine, Boxwood, and Magnolia.
Late Winter (January- March)
The New Year brings new growth, and many budding and flowering branches that are great for floral arrangements. Quince, Daphne, and Flowering Apricots are good for forcing blooms. Assorted Pussy Willow, Spirea, and Hellebores are also available.
We Also Provide Private Parties and Tours!
Historic tours and lunches can be scheduled by appointment for groups of 10 or more. Tour buses are welcome. Pharsalia loves to entertain however we are a working farm and private home and are not open to the public on a daily basis. We are open by appointment only. 434-277-5231.
$10.00 each House Tour and History (about an hour)
$10.00 each Outbuildings Tour and History (about an hour)
$10.00 each Grounds Tour (about an hour)
$15.00 each House and Outbuildings Tour and History (about 1 ½ hrs.)
$15.00 each House and Grounds Tour and History (about 1 ½ hrs.)
$15.00 each Outbuildings and Grounds Tour and History (about 1 ½ hrs)
$20.00 each For all 3 tours (House, Grounds and Outbuildings)
$20.00 each Catered Lunch
Customized workshops and classes in the historic Pharsalia home are a special way to experience its unique history in the context of your favorite topic.
Pharsalia is rich in history with a picturesque setting like no other. This 1814 Plantation home is lovingly restored and preserved today by the direct descendants of the original owner, William Massie.
Pharsalia is a privately owned home listed on the National Historic Register. It is our desire to continue to preserve the past of our great-great-grandfathers home, and to share it by opening our doors to you.
Contact us today to schedule your visit to this stunning 1814 home.
K-12 educational tours are customizable and can be scheduled for Public, Private, and HomeSchooling programs. Contact Pharsalia at (434) 277.5231 for more information.
* 100' TENT WILL BE AT PHARSALIA FROM APRIL-OCTOBER 2018
Today, in the spirit of hospitality – a Pharsalia hallmark for nearly two hundred years – the historic home and grounds are available for your event.
Perfect for Corporate Events, Dinner Parties, Bridal Showers, and Rehearsal Dinners, contact us to make plans now for your special family event or professional gathering here at Pharsalia. It is sure to be a memorable experience.
Pharsalia’s formal dining room showcases buffet presentations, and seating for small catered luncheons and dinners. The many lawns, shaded porches, and historic buildings allow you to customize your own event. Pharsalia is the perfect venue for events ranging from the classic garden party, to a country farm chic party, to an elegant dinner reception.
Please contact us today to get started planning your event.