The Carriage House, Benson Room, Pracht Alley, & Courtyard
With a 250 – 400 person capacity, the Carriage House is our largest venue at the Bleckley Inn; one that has been chosen as the setting for numerous weddings, receptions, reunions, business training conventions and community-wide events. The Clydesdale horses were hosted here in April of 2009. Since that time, updates and amenities have been added to create a comfortable, aesthetic venue for your special event.
The Carriage House was once a livery stable that still features the original safe, with the Fretwell name at the top, and the original lead glass window. The window is now used as an oversized nightlight. Exposed brick and rustic walls offer a unique backdrop, upon which a decorator’s vibrant imagination is free to take shape. From simple and elegant to ornate and extravagant decorations, the Carriage House has seen it all.
The large, magnificent stable doors of the carriage house open to a courtyard haven, surrounded by impeccable landscaping and a brick wall for privacy. An illuminated fountain is featured in the center. This ideal location for wedding ceremonies accommodates 225 chairs. Balconies overlooking the courtyard offer a photographer’s dream shot.
Encourage your guests to enter your event through Pracht Alley. As they open the wrought iron gate and begin their stroll down the picturesque alley, the lights overhead create a romantic, Italian feel that is sure to transcend.
The Bleckley Station
Previously home to a grocery store, tire store, furniture store and even a funeral home, 310 South Main had been an important address for the citizens of Anderson over the last 100 years. This century saw those active businesses leave and a series of unfulfilled dreams left the once vibrant block as a vacant "hole". Next door to the Fox Restaurant, the most appealing feature left on the vacant lot was the graffiti Monster by renowned artist Patch Whiskey.
Now the pastel monster is part of the Bleckley Station which has reclaimed the space for all of Anderson. The dream of Steve Kay was to provide a space for up to 500 people to gather for celebrations of life. Designed to honor the features of the old Penn Station in New York City; the Bleckley Station once again has made 310 South Main Street an important part of our city.
Reclaimed brick, a 1914 cornerstone, and cast iron vents were salvaged and used in the new construction. This space features a skylight, soaring trusses, and theatre curtains which can be used to subdivide the room and create more intimate settings.