This private plantation home sits on three acres of historic Civil War history and is said to be one of the oldest homes in Onslow County.

The Palo Alto Plantation features more than enough room to house a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in one location. The Mr. and Mrs. also have the option to marry at a sweet little church right down the road from the home and take a romantic horse and carriage ride back to their reception. Imagine your guests dining at our handmade farm tables and dancing the night away on the gorgeous stone patio with bubble lights overhead!


A little bit of history about the Palo Alto..

The Palo Alto was built sometime in 1836 and was owned by David Sanders.

The Palo Alto Plantation was once the center of a vast agricultural operation that included 9,500 acres. The Palo Alto was most known for its corn and cotton.

Sanders became the wealthiest planters in North Carolina during this time. David Sanders left his estate to his grandson Daniel Russell Jr. David was born in the house and ended up being the governor of North Carolina from 1897-1901. When Sanders passed away in 1860, the estate was worth $275,000. David would not be of age until 1866 to take over the plantation. 

In 1863 & 1864 the Union Troops in Eastern North Carolina believed that confederate forces were gathering in Swansboro and Sneads Ferry and they carried their soldiers past The Palo Alto and it ruined the livestock and scared away anyone living there. 


This home is full of history-- won't you let your wedding become apart of it as well?


Venue Features:

  • Three acre garden designed landscaping complete with antique fountains and a breathtaking sycamore tree lined entrance
  • Ceremony site complete with custom built church pews and arbor
  • Alternate ceremony site at the Tabernacle Church three miles down the road
  • Open air stone patio with bubble lights strung overhead
  • Indoor lounge area complete with romantic chandeliers 
  • Bridal Suite
  • Private parking for guests
  • One restroom
  • Eight refurbished fireplaces
  • Short drive to Crystal Coast Beaches, Jacksonville, and New Bern
Palo Alto


"All in one.."

“ Palo Alto was perfect for my June wedding! They're a perfect venue that holds the location, tables, chairs, dinner/drink/silverware, floral arrangements, table runners, and decorations in general- all in one! The people are fabulous to work with and our wedding day was perfect, we didn't have to stress about anything."

— Rachel Kress

"Steeped in history"

“We can't thank you enough for the hospitality shown us. The house is amazingly beautiful and every room is steeped in history. The grounds, even in the winter, transport you back in time. We wish you all the success in the world and again, we thank you!"

—Donna Chambless

"Gorgeous.. stunning.."

“ Palo Alto was the perfect venue for the debut of the Cantina Caravan, our vintage 1972 Shasta mobile bar tending service. The property was gorgeous, the house was stunning, and the wedding kicked off beautifully! We couldn't have asked for a better place to have our first event at! We look forward to more events at the Palo Alto! "

— Mel Jackson O'Berry




Time travel back in time at the Palo Alto--

Our Creative Designer, Stephanie Watson, designed this historical wedding plantation venue’s landscaping with a European garden feel in mind that really brings the estate to life! To catch a glimpse of our past custom designed, personal, and elegant touches on weddings at the Palo Alto, view our gallery below or follow us on social media!