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As one of Jacksonville's properties on the National Register of Historic Places, Epping Forest Yacht Club has evolved from an historic estate into one of the most exquisite yacht clubs in the South. The original luxurious riverfront Mansion, built in late 1926, was home to industrialist Alfred I. duPont and his wife, Jessie Ball duPont. In 1984, Gate Petroleum Company purchased the property restoring its original splendor. Capable of hosting large corporate events such as Pepsi's Rookie of Year event during Super Bowl XXXIX, this 15,000-square-foot estate property boasts several venues for special events.

In addition to several medium-size dining rooms, the 4,00-square-foot second floor holds as many as 150 between three conjoining rooms. On the St.John's River, the property also features several scenic outdoor spaces. Easily tented, the courtyard adjacent to the marina and boathouse can accomodate 150 guests and the lower gardens can hold 300. We also offer on-site audiovisual support as well as an exclusive in-house executive chef and pastry chef, child-care services, and event coordinators!

Throughout the years, Epping Forest has seen many distinguished guests including the Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Presidents, world leaders and celebrities. The views of the lush formal English gardens, the scenic St. Johns River, award-winning cuisine and service continue to make Epping Forest Yacht Club one of the most sought after locations for private parties, corporate functions and weddings.

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Maureen F. Married on 11/14/2021
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Where do I even begin?

The first time I went to Epping Forest, before I even met my now husband, I had the “I’m having my wedding here one day” moment. So to say I was married to Epping, before my husband, is an understatement.

Epping is absolutely breathtaking; the moment you pull up, you’re instantly going back to an old world, and on top of that, the staff is absolutely top notch. Ernestine and Linda are at the top of their class when it comes to the wedding industry in Jacksonville.

We moved our wedding an entire year because of Covid, and they took us through the Covid trenches with hands held and heads high. We also ended up changing our ceremony to getting married at church instead of Epping, and it didn’t effect out timeline at all, we pulled up to Epping the same time cocktail hour was going to start anyways, and they greeted us with big smiles, cold drinks and happiness I’ll never forget.

Our guests haven’t stopped raving about how professional the staff was, how BEAUTIFUL to sunset was on the river and watching the sun go down during cocktail hour, and all of the food! Ernestine absolutely crushed it, from answering all of my crazy questions, to streamlining the timeline for my planner to reference. We truly had the best day of our lives!!!
Jessica Married on 09/05/2021
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A perfect venue!

My husband and I have nothing but amazing things to say about Epping! Ernestine was so helpful with every step of our planning and made sure everything day of went by without a problem. We feel in love with this venue as soon as we walked up to the mansion. It is breathtaking and the photos will be beautiful. The staff always made sure my husband and I had anything we needed, and even made sure we got to enjoy the food!
Lauren H. Married on 01/02/2021
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The Epping was such an amazing place to have my wedding. Everything was like a dream. It was romantic and elegant and went so smoothly. The staff of so friendly and helpful. They were flexible with our unique requests and really did a great job with everything.
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Dan Harris PhotoArt, LLC Dan Harris PhotoArt, LLC Wedding Photographers

Gorgeous and historic river location that will impress your guests. There staff is great to work with, be sure to check them out!

Leah Powell Photography Leah Powell Photography Wedding Photographers

One of my favorite places to shoot weddings, so many beautiful places on the grounds of Epping to get just what you are looking for. The decor inside needs little embellishment as it's classic traditional style lends itself to a beautiful ambiance!

Ron B. Wilson Photography, Inc. Ron B. Wilson Photography, Inc. Wedding Photographers

Epping Forest is one of the most beautiful and unique venues in Florida, and we love working there. The event planning staff are very professional and very accommodating! Ron B. Wilson Photography highly recommends Epping Forest Yacht Club if you are looking for a truly breathtaking space to have your wedding or event!


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