Historic Manor Home Gets New Life and New Name with Local Wedding Planner

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The historic Katherine Grace Manor, a popular bed & breakfast and wedding venue in Wirtz, VA, (and the cover venue for bridebook 2018), is getting new life, new owners, and even a new name. Now called Belle Garden Estate, the home has had a rich and storied past. It was first established in 1771 and has had ties to George Washington, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. It was lovingly renovated and converted to a B&B by its previous owner, Susan Mitchell Ober, and new owners Isabelle and Jordan Russell will continue to run the manor as a B&B and wedding venue.

The purchase of the estate is a natural expansion for Isabelle Russell’s business and brand. Isabelle is a full-time, certified wedding planner. She has organized more than 60 events since she built her business, Garden Rose Events and Design, from the ground up in 2016. Her husband and co-owner of the estate, Jordan Russell, also contributes to the community with his military service. Together the Russells have big plans for Belle Garden Estate, including the construction of an outdoor pavilion for wedding receptions that will enhance the bridal experience.

 “We feel so blessed and grateful to have this opportunity to contribute to the manor’s history,” says Isabelle. “We will continue to honor Susan Mitchell Ober’s dream, as well as the colonial charm that makes this place special.”

For more information about Belle Garden Estate, visit www.bellegarden-estate.com and keep an eye out for our open house announcement this spring!


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Liz Long