History & Highlights: Warrenwood’s Historic Home

At Warrenwood Manor, we like to say that we honor the past by celebrating the future.  We celebrate marriages, babies, birthdays and all that these occasions mean for the future.  Meanwhile, guests get to experience and appreciate first hand the beautiful, craftsmanship and charm of what the past has made of the Warrenwood estate.  As so many old homes are being demolished, we are thankful to have found a way to keep Warrenwood thriving.

The Beginning of Warrenwood Manor

In 1785 Captain William Warren, a Revolutionary War Soldier, purchased 304 acres of land.  This purchase included the 100 acres upon which Warrenwood Manor now sits.  It wasn’t until 1856 that descendants of Captain Warren, John Fouche Warren and Samuel Wilcox Warren, would commission the construction of the house.

Warrenwood is one of three Gothic villas, including the Helm-Gentry House and the Mound Cottage, constructed between 1852 and 1856 in the Danville area.  All three homes were modeled after the Elley Villa of Lexington and roughly based on sketches published by A. J. Downing and A. J. Davis.  The builder of these villas is unknown, but they were probably designed and built by the same architect due to their similarities.  It is believed possible that the houses were constructed by Robert Russell Jr., a local Danville builder, who is attributed with the construction of most of the early brick structures in the area.

The home rests on a foundation of stone allowed to settle for two years before the bricks were laid.  The dark red bricks that make up the home’s exterior and interior walls were made on the property and laid four deep in the thinnest parts of the walls.  Lumber, cut from the property, was used to construct rooms measuring eighteen feet square and ceilings fourteen feet high.  The front door, surrounded by leaded, Venetian glass opens to a large hall lit by two Venetian hall lamps.  Solid walnut details include doors throughout the house, window facings, massive mantels and the banister ascending to the third floor.

The Warrenwood home is full of elegance and southern charm around every corner.  Warrenwood, along with the Helm-Gentry House and the Mound Cottage were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 for their architectural and historical significance.  Over time additions were made to the back of the house, but the main structure has remained remarkably intact and serves as a snapshot of the past.

The Recent History of Warrenwood Manor

Warrenwood Manor was loving restored in 2014 before opening for it’s first wedding season in 2015.  It is and will always be a work in progress, but that is part of the charm.  After sitting empty for almost a decade, we like to think that Warrenwood loves being filled again with love and laughter every weekend.  By the end of it’s third year of operation, Warrenwood will have hosted nearly 100 weddings and countless other events.  Below we share some of the most stunning images taken in and around the Warrenwood home over then past two years.

Bride & Groom in front of Kentucky historic mansion
Bride & Bridesmaids in the Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Groom and groomsmen get ready in Warrenwood Groom's Quarters
Banquet-style reception with bud vase centerpieces and burlap runner
Wedding party with horse-drawn carriage
Bride in Warrenwood Manor bridal Suite
Large floral arrangement in entry hall of historic Warrenwood Manor
Picnic style backyard wedding reception
Intimate wedding ceremony in Warrenwood entry hall
Bride in the second floor hall of Warrenwood Manor
Banquet style wedding reception table with floral box centerpiece
Vintage inspired tablescapes at Warrenwood Manor wedding reception
Groom in groom's quarters at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Bride & Groom in front of rural Kentucky estate
Bride & Groom in front of historic Kentucky mansion
Reception setup in Warrenwood Manor
Bridal portrait in mirror of bridal suite
Ivory wedding reception in historic home
Dresses hanging in bridal suite
Bride and Groom in front of gothic style historic home
Back of historic home with porch and stone patio
Navy suit hanging in Warrenwood Groom's Quarters
Groom getting ready in Warrenwood
Brown leather shoes in blue and white tile bathroom
Portrait of Bride and Groom against vintage wallpaper
Bridal portrait at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Wedding party dressed in navy in front of home built in 1856
Sparkler send off from wedding reception
Summer spring outdoor wedding reception
Historic mansion on the Warrenwood Manor estate
Bridal party in the entry hall of Warrenwood Manor
Bride with train on the steps of Warrenwood Manor
Back of Warrenwood with tent
Bridal party getting ready for wedding in bridal suite
Entry hall of historic home with greek revival details
Bride & Groom in Warrenwood Manor viewed from staircase
Blush flowy bridal party in front of venue with southern charm
Ivory wedding reception in Warrenwood Manor
Reception food display in the Warrenwood dining room
Bride and groom dancing in Warrenwood
Bride and groom with vintage car in front of historic home
Cobalt, pink & ivory tablescape
Ivory, rose gold and pink tablesetting in Warrenwood Manor
Bride getting ready in Warrenwood Manor
Pink and teal reception tablescape in Warrenwood Manor
Bride and Groom with horse-drawn carriage in front of Warrenwood

Photography Credits to: Unveiled Studio, Daring Tale of Darling Bones, Ben Keeling Photography, KM Russel Photography, Christy Lee Photography, Jessica Moore Photography, Emily Wakin Photography, Leah Barry Photography, Rainwater Photography, Becky Willard Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Cassie Lopez Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Hilly Photography and Legacy Art Photography & Videography