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Getting Married?

Bennett Bunn Plantation in Zebulon, North Carolina (just outside Raleigh) offers endless possibilities for the bride-to-be. From the rustic timber frame, slate and stone Lodge and Boardwalk Gazebo to the historical and picturesque Front Lawn at the Main House, to the charming Tobacco Barn to the Front Gazebo at Bass Pond, your guests will be enchanted with the abundant venue options and historical ambiance of Zebulon, NC's Bennett Bunn Plantation. Wedding rental allows you 8 hours use of the rustic Lodge ...

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The Main House, Log Cabin and Grounds

A National Historic Register site in Zebulon, North Carolina, just outside of Raleigh, Bennett Bunn Plantation is a remarkably intact collection of ca. 1780-1830’s rustic outbuildings clustered around a ca. 1780 log cabin and an 1833 two-story Federal style main house surrounded by expansive lawns, gardens, orchards, pastures, gazebos and ponds. The historic grounds offer a range of beautiful options for wedding ceremony and reception sites to accommodate you and your guests, whatever the occasion. Particularly accomodating for weddings, if you're ...

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Wedding Receptions and Rehearsal Dinners: The Lodge

A short walk from the main house past picturesque tobacco barns and shelters is the Lodge, a rustic stone, slate, pine, cypress & cedar timber frame retreat nestled in a copse of oak, poplar and pine. Brides, take note: The Lodge is a wonderful wheelchair accessible facility for wedding receptions, meetings, and social events and includes a lofted ceiling, 80” flat screen TV, antique Coke cooler, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, two bars, a grille, a smoker and complete caterer’s kitchen. With ...

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Wedding Ceremonies: The Boardwalk Gazebo

Boardwalk Gazebo on Catfish Pond, just down the hill from the rustic Lodge, is the perfect location for an outdoor wedding ceremony or special meeting. Enjoy the country views of Zebulon on your stroll out to the boardwalk from either side of catfish Pond to the large cedar-shake-roofed Gazebo in the middle of the pond! With lovely views of the Lodge, riding ring, horse pastures, wooded areas and the farm, it is the perfect place to say your vows, or ...

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Equestrian

At Bennett Bunn Plantation in Zebulon, NC, we breed, raise and race Thoroughbreds. The wide open, historic farm grounds make Bennett Bunn an exceptional candidate for such breeding.  We also keep our Clydesdales and Spotted Draft/Friesian-cross for our carriage rides and Warmbloods and pony Hunter-Jumpers. Due to our proximity to Raleigh, we race primarily on the mid-Atlantic tracks at Charles Town, West Virginia; Pimlico and Laurel in Maryland; Colonial Downs in Virginia; and Delaware Park in Delaware.  Tom Hendrickson was named ...

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Tobacco Barn

Of all the sites and landmarks on Bennett Bunn's historic grounds, perhaps nothing screams "rustic" quite as much as our Tobacco Barn, pictured below. It's just one of the many buildings dotting our grounds that give Bennett Bunn such a distinction among similar destinations in the Raleigh area.      

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Antiques, Pottery and Art

Antique aficionados near Zebulon, NC? The Main House, Log Cabin and Lodge at Bennett Bunn are fully furnished with period American antique furniture and decorated with early pottery, toys, art and historical artifacts. Almost all of the furniture, pottery and art are southern, with much of it from central and eastern North Carolina. Most of the furniture dates from 1675 to 1830. We are fortunate to have two significant pieces made around 1790 by the renowned “W.H.” Cabinetmaker of eastern ...

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Venue Options

There are many areas around the Main House ca. 1833, the Log Cabin ca. 1780, the historic homestead, the rustic Lodge, the Boardwalk Gazebo on Catfish Pond, the other gazebos, the pastures and the ponds that are available to accommodate your special event -- whether a wedding, business retreat, birthday party or otherwise -- from 10 to 1,000 people and provide endless possibilities for beautiful photo shoots! Facility rental for wedding ceremonies and receptions include access to the Bridal room in the ...

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Event Options and Activities

At Bennett Bunn we strive to help make your event special, whether it is your wedding, family reunion, retreat or corporate outing. We can offer a carriage ride in your choice of a white Vis-à-Vis Limo wedding carriage or a genuine black Amish carriage drawn by our pair of Clydesdales or our Spotted Draft/Friesian cross to add an elegant touch to your wedding. We can hitch up the horses to our authentic covered wagon, a farm wagon with seats or ...

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Animals

A favorite pastime of visitors to Bennett Bunn Plantation in Zebulon is to wander the historic grounds to visit the latest arrivals, from foals and chicks in the spring to honey bees to stray animals that seem to wander in and find a home on the farm. The farm also hosts champion thoroughbred horses, hunter/jumper horses & ponies, miniature donkeys, Clydesdales, several hives of honey bees, chickens, guineas, free range peacocks, black swan, dogs, cats and a stray pot-bellied pig ...

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