Happily Ever After in the Hidden Gem: The Historic Brookstown Inn


The ideal wedding – a joyous, low-stress, family celebration of love.

The reality too often – a stressful, high-anxiety and hopefully not a dramatic moment of matrimony.

The reality at The Historic Brookstown Inn – a beautiful, relaxed, family affair centered on having a good time and making memories.

The Historic Brookstown Inn doesn’t do this by accident – this is all intended. “Our property is unique as we can host ceremonies and receptions, guests can stay overnight and the catering is done in-house,” said Allison Watts, director of sales. “Our courtyard space is great for ceremonies, the lower courtyard is a perfect cocktail space and the lounge is excellent for the reception bar.”

Yes, you read that right. A wedding at The Historic Brookstown Inn eliminates some of the most stressful parts of a wedding – lodging, venue and catering are handled.

“There is one point of contact, and people really love that,” said Rebecca Woodcock, director of marketing. “The venue and catering in one place takes a lot off the couple’s plate. To be able to call Allison or me to figure out menu and venue details. There is no transportation of silverware or china, no worrying about the food arriving hot – all of that is eliminated because it’s all done on-site.”

Convenience is one thing – relaxation is another. “It makes a huge difference when the bride is relaxed and the family is relaxed,” Allison said. “When everything is all on-site and you’re all spending the night, it turns into a weekend retreat celebration.” Rebecca adds, “To the point, say your wedding is on Saturday. You check-in Friday, then Saturday morning have a hot southern breakfast and come downstairs to work on decorations. It truly becomes a family affair about having a good time focused on making memories.”

One point of contact isn’t just for the inclusivity (although, that is a lot) – you work directly with Rebecca and Allison from the initial site visit to the day of the event, and everything in between. “People start with reaching out for a venue tour, and after that tour, we put a tentative hold on a date,” said Allison. “From there, we’re working on a group block for out-of-town guests, a tasting with our Chef and Food and Beverage Director, and the rehearsal. Clients are working with us from start to finish.”

If the one point of contact isn’t enough to woo you for a streamlined wedding day that can focus on the reason versus multiple vendors and personalities, a wedding booking includes things like an exclusive day of access to the space from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., padded banquet chairs for up to 150 guests, white folding garden chairs for up to 150 guests, a white drape set-up for the courtyard archway, a variety of tables and sizes, standard linens and napkins, the built-in 19×24 dance floor, all of the china, flatware, glassware, complimentary self-parking on-site and more.

Did we mention it’s also tucked away downtown in the historic district?

“The courtyard itself is one of the major points of interest,” said Rebecca. “It’s open-air, you’re surrounded by industrial brick and it’s lined with cherry trees. The ground is covered, so you don’t worry about mud or anything like that. Imagine those cherry trees in the spring, all pink blossoms and then changing into dark reds and purples through the season.” This is all within walking distance to Trade Street as well as 4th Street. “When people are on-site, the main thing they say is, ‘I never knew this was here!’” said Allison.

Weddings aren’t a new venture for The Historic Brookstown Inn; the popularity might be. “We’ve been doing weddings for at least 15 years at the venue,” said Rebecca. “These celebrations of love are more important now than ever, and having a place to get together and celebrate the merging of a family is what we can happily provide.”

Established in 1837, what began as the Salem Manufacturing Company and one of the first mills in the south to utilize electric lighting, this 70-guest room inn brings southern hospitality to a new level for weddings, and not just for residents of Winston-Salem. Over the years, Rebecca and Allison have seen locals, folks that have met in Winston, people in surrounding areas – a wide variety of folks that have found the hidden gem of a “living museum of history, art and treasure in Winston-Salem.”

Weddings should be booked 12-15 months in advance, especially if you’re looking at the popular spring and fall months of April, May, September and October. For more information, visit brookstowninn.com, email Allison and Rebecca at info@brookstowninn.com or call 336.725.1120.