Just 20 minutes away from Jacksonville’s urban core, Congaree and Penn began as a rice farm on the Northside of Jacksonville, Florida. It’s continued to flourish into acres of Mayhaw orchards, you pick vines, and has become a home to farm animals and thousands of honeybees. It’s also become a destination for weddings and other events. We’ve hosted Jacksonville’s famous Legend Series, our own famous Friday Night Fish Fry, farm to table dinners, fundraisers and other celebrations. But weddings at Congaree and Penn are especially unique.
Your best day
Congaree and Penn boasts an elevated farm setting that's equally Southern and otherworldly. Right around the corner from downtown Jacksonville, our farm is an effortless retreat for local guests and tourists. We love sharing the farm with our guests, and we think you will, too.
- Exclusive use of the front 15 acres of Congaree and Penn, including the quonset hut patio, indoor washrooms, bar room, lawn, surrounding farm and 100 parking spaces.
- Consultation leading up to your wedding.
- 96 white aluminum chairs + 8 wooden farm tables, 16 white aluminum barstools + 4 bar tables, milk jars and mason jars as vases, heirloom votives, strung bistro lights, corn hole and space heaters.
- The unmatched variety of farm crops, animals, architectural uniqueness, and Southern charm provide a beautiful backdrop with little need for added decoration.
- Property access for a 2 hour engagement photo session with your photographer.
- One hour scheduled wedding rehearsal with your wedding party the day before your wedding.
Rental does not include food, beverage, decoration, entertainment, or accommodations. Rates are for site rental only. We do suggest renting a tent for parties of 100+ to accommodate for lawn seating and socializing. They’re not always necessary, but tents do serve as a form of protection for inclement weather. While we're happy to share our list of vendors we love, we want you to love them, too. Congaree and Penn welcomes licensed and insured caterers, bartenders, entertainment, rentals, etc.
We recommend that events do not exceed 250 guests. Canine companions are most welcome.
When To book your wedding
See our Mayhaw trees in full bloom in March. Their flowers briefly turn the farm pink, and it’s a coveted sight to see. The Congaree and Penn honeybees will be at the height of their busy season, pollinating the trees and other flora around the farm.
The rice begins to flourish in June. After the plants have germinated, the paddies are flooded and the stalks begin to peek out of the water. The rice grows tall, and the bright green stalks begin to develop grains. We don’t recommend booking a wedding in the summertime. It’s usually unbearably warm, but if you have a brilliant idea that’s perfect for the summer season, please do get in touch!
Congaree and Penn’s muscadine grapes ripen in September, making fall a prime time for grape picking. We also begin to prepare our rice fields for a second seeding. We think the farm is most beautiful in October and November. The weather is cooler, but the lushness of the farm remains through December.
If we’re lucky, we harvest a second season of rice in late November and December. Holidays at the farm are beautiful and crisp, and we enjoy a quiet January of maintaining the farm. While our crops might be dormant, winter is a great time to visit Congaree and Penn, especially if the Mayhaws have an early bloom in late February.
Friday + SaturdaY
Monday - Thursday 9 AM - 4 pm
Monday - Thursday 4 pM - 11 pm
Florida State Sales Tax not included. Rates are subject to change.
A LA Carte
Make your day extra special.
Property access for a 2 hour engagement photo session with your photographer is included within your rental rate when booking a wedding at Congaree and Penn. If you’re celebrating your wedding elsewhere and would simply like to have a photo session at the farm, we would certainly love to have you. Please inquire for open dates.
We’re flattered that you’d like to spend your entire wedding weekend with us. When you’ve booked a wedding at Congaree and Penn, venue rental for a rehearsal dinner the evening before will be granted 50% off the rental rate. If you’re interested in booking Congaree and Penn for an individual rehearsal dinner, please inquire for event pricing.
HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE
GOLF CART RENTAL
Tractor pulled farm wagon
WELCOME COCKTAIL WITH CONGAREE & PENN SHRUBS
COMPOSTABLE DINNERWARE + FLATWARE
Custom CUPS + KOOZIES
Please inquire for pricing for the above accoutrements. Photos by Christina Karst, Amy Robb and Stefanie Keeler