About Earlyhouse

Welcome to Earlyhouse, a private 150 acre estate in Louisa County, Virginia. Earlyhouse is the perfect destination for your wedding, reunion or corporate outing. We invite you to explore our lavish countryside, our rich history and renowned Southern hospitality.

A winding gravel road opens to our restored home, built before the Civil War, surrounded by expansive lawns, gardens, and woodlands. The centerpiece of the estate, a 2 acre spring-fed pond, boasts a beautiful island with flowering cherry trees, fragrant lilacs, and a rose covered arbor. Here, our one-of-a-kind gazebo is the perfect setting for a romantic outdoor wedding ceremony, a garden bridal shower, or a Victorian tea party.

Stroll back across the bridge to our waterfront reception space complete with covered raised slate and brick terrace. Imagine an elegant outdoor ballroom with chandeliers and ambient lighting, framing wooded and waterfront views. Guests choosing to dine indoors are welcomed by a charming fireplace and warm d├ęcor. This area, heated and air conditioned, also houses our attractive restrooms and warming kitchen. We can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 175 for your wedding reception, class reunion, corporate outing, or any other celebration. Additional amenities include picnic grounds, walking trails, a playground and white sand beach.

Situated in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Earlyhouse is convenient to Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia. Watch our calendar and Facebook page for other special events.


Built before 1800 by Elisha Melton, a well-to-do farmer, Earlyhouse is a large, T-shaped two story frame farmhouse with tall, free standing brick chimneys. Located near Beaver Creek, it is mere miles from Louisa Courthouse on land once owned by Sheriff Johnson of Roundabout Castle.

Several very old family cemeteries are on the hill overlooking the grounds.It is also the final resting place of Private Nathaniel McGehee, a young Confederate soldier killed at the Battle of Strasburg.