The Villa Franca Estate is an enchanting place! - Abby Covington

Welcome to Villa Franca Estate

image 1857 Plantation home set on 11 acres of rolling hills and lands, Villa Franca Estate in China Grove, NC offers the perfect backdrop for any event. Step back in time and enjoy the formal setting of the Villa Franca Estate for all of your special occasions. Don't forget those less formal occasions, family reunions and birthday parties. Sip some iced tea and enjoy tasty treats on the lawn and among the gardens of Villa Franca, one of the most peaceful settings in Rowan County. We offer a full referral service of DJs with state-of-the-art music systems, florist, and officiants. We use experienced staffing of wedding and event consultants, waiters, bartenders and parking attendants always at your service. Catering by our exclusive catering company. Hors d'oeuvres is complimentary with most of our package plans.

"An Enchanting Place"

Feature 1The Villa Franca Estate is an enchanting place! I knew that I wanted our wedding to be there as soon as I pulled into the driveway." "The immaculate kept grounds and home speak for themselves, but the service provided by Ginger and her staff was second to none. She was so easy to work with, and I always felt like she went out of her way to make our day everything we dreamed it would be. Her attention to detail, paired with the superior service provided by her staff, allowed us to enjoy our wedding day without worry. Undoubtedly, the best part was allowing them to set up and clean up the facility!" "Ginger takes immaculate care of the facility, and most importantly, ALL of her guests. Our wedding day was truly the most magical day of my life!

- Abby Covington

New Tent

New for 2013 is our grand tent, in addition to some other improvements made to the magnolia room, check out the photos section.

Exceptional Service

"The Villa Franca bridal luncheon tea was such a wonderful experience, the entire party was such a surprise. Everyone, including Ginger, went out of their way to ensure the luncheon was a surprise. The relaxing mood and feel of the Villa Franca Estate allowed for a very relaxing afternoon. The pristine house and grounds set the mood for a wonderful wedding week. The service provided by Ginger allowed the guests and I to be ourselves and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding week."

~ Carly Moore

 

Services

Weddings & Engagements

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Villa Franca Estate is a stately setting specializing in beautifully hosted southern  weddings.  We offer wedding packages complete with catering. Brides love the use of our heart shaped courtyard for ceremony time as well as the rose garden.  Whether the bride is waltzing to the Rose Garden or exiting through the doors of 1859 it is a picture perfect moment.  The beautifully  covered west terrace  will accomodate up to 200 guest complete with enclosure that may be added for inclement weather.   Whether you are looking for a theme wedding of pearls, silver chandeliers, pumpkins or cowboy boots the unique character of  Villa Franca Estate satisfies everyone.  Staffing will help with the directing and coordinating of every event.  You will love our staff whom pays meticulous attention  to all the details so you don't have to. 

Looking to have a small intimate wedding we offer an intimate ceremony/reception package complete with catering for your reception and wedding cake as low as $25.00 per person (minimum $625.00)

Our Magnolia Room is a great place to have gatherings, group luncheons, bridal luncheons or organizational meetings complete with catering.

In order to make your event go smoothly, we offer the following services:

  1. Full service event planning is available including guest hotel accommodations, caterers, DJ services, cakes, limousine service and photography.
  2. Complete turnkey solutions for any special occasion or corporate event.

We are a handicap accessible facility and we take major credit cards.Please call us at 704-309-7221 to set up a consultation time that is convenient for you. Or use our online contact form.

Check us out on WeddingWire.com:
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Special Events

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Our Magnolia Room is a great place to have gatherings, group luncheons, bridal luncheons or organizational meetings complete with catering. We serve food to your liking this includes desserts, hors d'oeuvres, and healthy dishes. Villa Franca Estate sets on 11 acres of beautiful gardens maintained year round with seasonal colors of every color in the rainbow.  Staffing will help with the directing and coordinating of every event.  You will love our staff whom pays meticulous attention  to all the details so you don't have to.  Catering is provided by some of the best caterers in the industry at a budget price that you would not get anywhere else but Villa Franca Estate. All of our catered events are complete with custom linens, china, glassware and tableware.

In order to make your event go smoothly, we offer the following services:

  1. Full service event planning is available including guest hotel accommodations, caterers, DJ services, cakes, limousine service and photography.
  2. Complete turnkey solutions for any special occasion or corporate event.
  • Church functions, Pig roasts and barbeques, Outdoor events and picnics
  • Weddings receptions and rehearsal dinners
  • Child and teen celebrations, Grand openings and open houses, Golf outings
  • Bar and bat mitzvahs, Wine tasting events, Fund raising events
  • Holiday parties, Non-alcoholic parties, Film and TV settings
  • Funeral luncheons and buffets, School functions, Class reunions
  • Corporate events, Family gatherings, Themed parties
  • Baby and bridal showers
  • Conventions, Promotional Events,Company Picnics,
  • Luncheons, Anniversary Parties, Holiday Parties

We are a handicap accessible facility and we take major credit cards.Please call us at 704-309-7221 to set up a consultation time that is convenient for you. Or use our online contact form.

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History

ImageDating from the third quarter of the 19th century, and a landmark in the Mill Bridge community, Villa Franca was built for one of its most prominent citizens, Dr. Francis Neely Luckey (1823-1878). It is probable that Dr. Luckey built this house shortly after September 1859, when he acquired a tract of 292 acres. The Slave Schedule of the 1860 Census shows that he employed seven slaves, six of whom belonged to his father.

On September 25, 1861, Luckey enlisted as an assistant surgeon in the Twenty-Eighth Regiment. The following March he was appointed surgeon of the Twenty-Fifth Regiment. He was president in the Virginia campaigns and was paroled at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865. Little is known of his life in the years following the war except for his service in the General Assembly for two consecutive terms, 1870 - 1974.

In April, 1878, Dr. Luckey married Leonora Neely; he died three months later on August 8th. In September, Mrs. Luckey petitioned for her dower in the estate, noting that her late husband owned outright three tracts totaling about 873 acres. She received about 266 acres of the homestead, and a second noncontiguous tract of 51 acres. At a sale of Dr. Luckey's real and personal property, in January of 1879, his widow purchased the remainder of the home plantation.

In November of 1879, Mrs. Luckey married J. Samuel McCubbins. In 1897 the McCubbinses sold the house and farm to the Rev. Bachman Samuel Brown. Following his death, the house remained in the Brown family until 1956 when another house was constructed adjacent to the Villa Franca Estate.

The large two-story frame house is similar to its other mid 19th century contemporaries except for its tall window openings and ornamental porch which was probably a later addition. The front, west elevation has a three-bay division with its central, double door entrance sheltered by the porch. Nine-over-nine sash windows occupy the other bays and flank the brick chimneys at either gable end. The substantial rear all containing a kitchen and dining room is two bays deep.

According to family tradition, the ell's second story was added by Rev. Brown shortly after he acquired the house. The front block of the house follows a center hall plan with a room to either side. Directly behind it, in the ell, is a second, shallower hall with a service stair to the second story. The interior of the house has well-executed Greek revival woodwork with some original staining and graining intact.

Photo Gallery

Weddings

Facility & Grounds

Other Events

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a tour,

Contact Ginger Black using our contact form or the information below.

We are a handicap accessible facility and we take major credit cards. 

Gingerblack@ctc.net

4530 Patterson Road
China Grove, NC 28023
(704) 309-7221




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