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Situated at the heart of Athens Historical District on Milledge Avenue is the grand Hardeman-Sams House. Originally known for hosting extravagant parties, Hardeman-Sams Estate now welcomes many different types of events including weddings, social celebrations, birthday parties, and corporate events. After being purchased by the Moss’s in 2016, this venue has undergone restorations that celebrate the historical value of the home while integrating modern conveniences. Hardeman-Sams House holds a significant history in Athens and continues to provide a space for life-long memories to be made.


Hardeman-Sams House, also known as 255 Milledge, was built in 1910 by Benjamin Frank Hardeman and his wife, Annie. The Hardeman’s were known for hosting the grandest social gatherings in Northeast Georgia in their home. This fact comes as no surprise, considering the estate’s large scale and open floor plan. To this day, 255 Milledge’s legacy of hosting some of the most tasteful events in Georgia holds true.

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From the basement to the two-and-a-half story overhead, the Hardeman-Sams House comprises a total of 5,000 square feet. Doric columns line the brick exterior and support the grand entrance portico and porch. Windows line the exterior on all three floors, allowing light to shine through the trees and glimmer within the home. Upon entering the estate, a wide staircase facing the door protrudes into the foyer– providing the perfect entrance for any bride.

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The remainder of the home includes a parlor, a spacious dining room, the kitchen area, the family’s bedrooms, and a sunroom that overlooks the formal gardens. Ceremonies and/or receptions are often held in the gardens, as it offers a tranquil setting for an intimate evening. Additionally, the Hardeman’s had five replica mantels made for the home designed after Athens Welcome Center, Brumby House. All the unique, historic features of this home make it a venue of eloquence.

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Now that you have completely fallen in love with the venue, it is important to note what is included when you decide to have your wedding here. Weddings at the historic 255 Milledge include exclusive use of the Hardeman-Sams Estate and separate sites for the ceremony and reception. The venue also includes a full-service bridal suit and groom’s lounge for the bride, groom, and their respective parties to get ready and relax. 255 Milledge offers an on-site venue manager as well as hospitality staff to ensure your day runs smoothly. In the name of precautions, the soon-to-be newlyweds can hold an on-site ceremony rehearsal day prior to the wedding so that everyone knows their specific role in the big day. Renters may bring in qualified vendors of their choosing, allowing the couple to plan their wedding to their specific desires. 255 Milledge does offer overnight options, so any guests who have traveled or thoroughly enjoyed their evening can have a place to stay. Needless to say, this venue offers everything you need to make your wedding day immaculate.

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What could be better than a classic wedding venue in the heart of the classic city? Hardeman-Sams Estate honors the home’s legacy by hosting memorable and meaningful events. If you are looking for an Athens wedding venue with a long history of good times that will serve you well, head on over to 255 Milledge Avenue to make your special day the best it can be! 

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