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About 255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House

It's more than a wedding, it's a historic moment!

255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House is a historical venue located in Athens, Georgia. Situated on a stately front lawn in Historic Athens, this three-story home is essentially hidden from the world. This beautifully restored home, with its Southern elegance, natural light, and a classic stairwell, serves as a magical location for weddings.

Facilities and Capacity
255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House can accommodate up to 250 guests over its multiple event spaces. The venue's private garden is ideal for a lush outdoor ceremony space and can accommodate 250 seated guests. Their outdoor space includes a private southern garden, grassy lawn and stone courtyard. If you're having a large affair, the landscaped lawn or the historical garden is the perfect location. For more intimate weddings, the historical manor can accommodate 100 guests seated or 200 guests for a cocktail reception.

Services Offered
255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House can offer a tour around the state with its event manager while discussing packages for your events. Its services include:

  • Entertainment services
  • Wedding planning
  • All-inclusive packages
  • Cleanup and setup
  • Event planning
  • In-house bar
  • Preferred vendor referrals
  • Lighting/sound

Other Services
In addition to hosting your wedding, 255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House and Garden is the perfect place to celebrate a:

  • Engagement party
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Bridal shower
  • Elopements
  • Anniversary party

In 1910, Benjamin Frank Hardeman built this estate on Milledge Avenue with his wife, Annie. They were known for throwing some of the largest and most elegant parties in all of Northeast Georgia. In 1932, the property was sold to Walter A. Sams, president of the Athens Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

Categories: Wedding Venue

Regions serviced: Atlanta

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16 Reviews for 255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House

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I had my wedding at this GORGEOUS venue a few weeks ago, and it was perfect! Everything in the garden was blooming; the portico and porch are elegantly decorated; and the inside of the house is so charming. I have so many wonderful things to say about Hardeman-Sams, not only about the venue itself, but also the staff. They were very professional, friendly, and accommodating.

I HIGHLY recommend opting to have Kim and her team handle day-of coordination if you don’t have a wedding planner. Kim is a perfectionist about every detail. She made sure our vendors had what they needed and that everything was set up and displayed beautifully. She also kept us on track with our timeline so that each part of the night (ceremony, toasts, cake cutting, send-off, etc.) flowed seamlessly. There are so many little decisions that need to be made the day of your wedding, and I was glad I could relax and enjoy my day, knowing that Kim would ensure things were carried out properly.

A few other things I loved about this venue: (1) The landscaping looked truly stunning, with lots of greenery and flowers. There were plenty of beautiful spots to take photos. They also treat the garden to make sure there are no bugs/mosquitoes to worry about. (2) I didn’t need to bring many decorations because the venue is already beautiful and nicely decorated. (3) The bridal suite is spacious, has a private bathroom, and it attaches to a sunroom, which was a great place to do makeup because there is plenty of natural light. There is also a groom's suite (also with a private bathroom), which many of the other venues I considered did not have.

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Profile Picture Caitlyn , 6/16/18, 1 Review
Category: Ceremony & Reception Venue

CLASSIC ATHENS-PERFECT NIGHT!! We held my son's rehearsal dinner at 255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams house and could not have been more pleased. Kim is wonderful. She knows how to put on a party and bring all the vendors together. When it started to rain, Kim went into action on plan B and the party continued without a hitch! Thank you for a wonderful evening-I'd do it all again!!!

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Profile Picture Babs, 6/15/18, 1 Review
Category: Ceremony & Reception Venue

255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House Pricing

Ceremony Site Fee
Peak Season
Starting from $5600
Off-Peak Season
Starting from $4200
Reception Site Fee
Peak Season
Starting from $5600.00
Off-Peak Season
Starting from $4200.00
Site Fees Include:
Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Set Up
Wedding Catering Avg. Price Per Person
Bar Service Price Includes:
House Beer
House Wine
Open Bar
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House FAQ

Venue Highlights
Maximum Capacity
Guest Minimum
Event Spaces
Garden, Historic, Mansion
Classic, Private, Vintage
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Scenic Views, Uncovered Outdoor
Peak Season Months:
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner
All Inclusive Packages
Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Event Planning
Event Rentals
In-House Bar
In-House Catering
Liability Insurance
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wireless Internet
Outside Vendors
Preferred Vendors Only
Cocktail Reception
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'Oeuvres
Outside Cake
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine
Cash Bar
House Liquor
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Aisle Markers
Audio Equipment
Dance Floor
Aisle Runners
Chair Covers
Tent Accessories
Chocolate Fountain
Wheelchair Access


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Professional Network & Endorsements

I recently had the pleasure of working with Kim and Bonnie on a shoot at 255 Milledge and let me tell you, these two ladies are awesome! Super professional and sweet and the venue is absolutely stunning! From the historical house to the beautiful garden and grounds! The photographer was able to amazing shots both indoors and out! If I had the opportunity to redo my wedding, I would have chosen this charming venue! Thank you again for everything ladies!

I love working with everyone a part of this venue! They were absolutely lovely people to be around and excellent at what they do!

Such a beautiful venue! Kim and her team have done a wonderful job making this place new. So many many different ways to style this historical building and who can resist the garden!

Great location for a wedding or any large group event! Easily accessible in downtown Athens, GA.


255 S. Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605   See On Map
706-549-1116 (phone)
255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House is a wedding venue from Athens, GA servicing weddings throughout the local area, including Athens, Atlanta, and Augusta. 255 Milledge Hardeman-Sams House is a professional wedding and event venue that has been part of the Athens wedding industry since 1985 specializing in weddings, special events, holiday parties, Corporate Tailgates, Social events.