Effingham Manor is a charming, historic property with an unique story and stunning beauty. Nestled amid the countryside of Virginia's Prince William County, this once 42-square mile estate includes a 250-year old manor house, multi-tiered English garden, blacksmith shop, historic slaves quarters and smokehouse. It is also home to Virginia's oldest concrete swimming pool, which was recently converted into a koi pond. A winery, barrel room, patio and event center have been added to complete this one-of-a-kind property. Consider making Effingham Manor Winery the site for your wedding or rehearsal dinner and know that you and your guests will be able to relax and enjoy your unique, personalized celebration and award-winning wines in a setting second to none.
Facilities and Capacity
Effingham Manor has a brand new 3,300 square foot Events Center that can accommodate up to 150 guests for a plated dinner. The Event Center includes an eighteen-foot bar and beautiful brick fireplace, perfect for those chilly evenings! It has a neutral palate scheme with all the touches of a true winery. The attached patio also has a brick fireplace and built-in bar which is ideal for the cocktail hour.
The manicured grounds have multiple choices available for the ceremony. Select from the multi-tiered English Garden or the lawn adjacent to the historic Manor House. This area is surrounded by lush trees, especially vibrant in the Fall, and gives our couples a more intimate setting to exchange their vows in front of family and friends. During the summer months the grapes are in full bloom and gives our couples a scenic location for wedding photos.
The barrel room is perfect for small events such as rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Surrounded by aging oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks, this area will hold up to 35 guests.
Effingham Manor Winery is a full-service wedding venue. Services include:
In-house bar with bartending services
The Manor House is the centerpiece of the property and was used as a dwelling for most of its 250-year history. It was built in the Tidewater-style as per William Alexander, the patriarch of the property, former Colonel of the local militia and County Justice. Over the years the Manor House was added onto, had plumbing installed, porches attached and even Wifi installed, but the bones are original. The basement is in the same state as it was in the 18th century, as are the wood floors upstairs and on the third floor.
The gabled roofs (expensive at the time, and on all the buildings), double chimneys and enclosed stairwells are prime examples of the extensive detail and style that guided the Alexander family when the house was built. All the woodwork, window frames and doorways are original. The spacing of the windows from the end walls to the center suggest that the home was built in two phases.
The property hosts the Western Red Cedar tree that sits on the northwest corner of the property and is one of two living trees brought back from the Lewis and Clark expeditions in the early 19th century. It was a gift from the explorers to their friend William Alexander. Monticello, Mount Vernon and Saginaw, Teddy Roosevelt’s residence in New York, all claim grafts from the westward expansion, but Effingham Manor and the Maryland Historical Society are home to the only original plantings east of the Mississippi.
The property also includes an original blacksmith shop and smokehouse, historical slave quarters and koi pond, which was the first cement swimming pool in Virginia.
Effingham Manor Winery is located in Nokesville, Virginia, 12 miles southwest of Manassas. Coming from Washington, DC, take Prince William Parkway to 28 South into Nokesville.
Recommended by 99% of couples
Haley Holland · Married on 12/21/2018
My experience at Effingham Winery was top notch! Each meeting leading up to the wedding was purposeful and helpful in planning. Juanita, event director, is a ROCKSTAR! She helped make all the ideas I had in my head come to life once it came to getting things done before the wedding. She went above and beyond with day of events; including help with set-up and keeping on schedule with events. Day of staff was phenomenal with helping with set up and take down. It was always easy to get in touch with staff and responsiveness was excellent. I have always loved the Effingham and to get married there was truly a dream come true. My husband and I would recommend the Effingham to anyone!!
Carolyn Griffin · Married on 12/01/2018
Great venue, great wine, great team!
Effingham Manor was our choice for my daughter's 12/2018 wedding, and boy was it a GREAT choice! Juanita and her team were terrific; the venue is fabulous and the wine is great. Our event was a black-tie ceremony, cocktail hour, then plated dinner followed by dancing at the Event Center. We had 60 guests. The entire event literally went off without a single hitch. I highly recommend Juanita, her team and Effingham Manor to any couple planning a wedding!
Jillian Griffin · Married on 12/01/2018
Best Effing Wedding Venue Ever!
My family and I had an amazing experience at Effingham which was a beautiful venue for my wedding and the event center was perfect for my small-ish guest list (60 total) and Juanita, the event coordinator, was extremely helpful throughout the whole process. Everyone who worked at the winery had an infectiously positive attitude. The entire staff was friendly and helpful in setting up, even when we didn’t make specific requests for them to do so. They were so easy to work with.
The whole place exudes a feeling of antiqueness and the manor house has the personality of an old home in its structure and design. The event center is a new structure, but has many rustic elements and is well lit and nicely kept. That room was easily adapted to suit my decor preferences. The view from anywhere on the property is gorgeous and made for spectacular photographs both in the manor house, outside, and in the event center.
Oh, and the wine was great too!