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June 20, 2022

Venue Feature | Rocky River Plantation

Anderson, SC Historic Event Venue

Rocky River Plantation is a premier wedding and event venue in Anderson, SC. The historic home is over 100 years old. The home has many beautiful features and is perfect for any sized event. We also love the ideas of renting the home for a portrait session such as bridal portraits, boudoir, or even a branding or headshot session. This place is a true gem tucked away in Anderson!

History of Rocky River:

  • Built in 1913 by architectural firm Casey and Fant with Neoclassical characteristics
  • Located on 62.34 acres
  • Nicknamed “Valley View” by former owners Mr. and Mrs. Seybt for its elegant architecture and scenic surrounding land
  • Was home to the former U.S. Congressman, John C. Taylor, though he didn’t actually live here but instead gifted the house to his son Lee Brown Taylor and his wife Nell.


  • Wraparound porch with two-story columns on the front of the home
  • Juliet balcony
  • Wooden inlaid flooring inside the estate
  • Crystal Chandeliers
  • Spacious suites for both the bridal party & groomsmen with a complimentary bar
  • On-site parking (that accommodates plenty of cars!)
  • Barn & garden located on the estate grounds
  • Wifi

Room by Room at Rocky River:

Family Room (Black Room)


The Family Room is great for a seating area. It can be used as a waiting area before the ceremony or as the perfect cocktail area between and during the reception.

Ballrooms 1 & 2

These ballrooms hold 10 foot high ceilings and the original hardwood floors. The space is perfect for hosting cocktail hours, parties, having the guestbook and present, table, and more. You can bring tables and chairs and lounges inside the room. The ballroom hosts a gorgeous chandelier perfect to make your event stand out. For smaller, more intimate weddings, this area can also host a ceremony or reception.

Gentleman’s Suite

This room is all for the boys. With its custom made hanging wooden bar and fully stoked whiskey bar, it can make it hard for the boys not to leave! Soft seating is included so the boys can watch the game on our 50-inch mounted TV. The whiskey bar comes with a complimentary bottle of whiskey from Palmetto Distillery, sodas, and water.

Taylor Suite (Bridal Suite)

This particular Bridal Suite is designed specifically for the Bride. It holds dual vanity areas with mirrors and lighting. It has ample closet space, a bridal styled ottoman, and a large mirror. The bar has a mini fridge and a marble countertop with additional space.

River Suite

This Suite is an additional Bridal Suite that is designed with bridesmaids in mind. Similar to the Taylor Suite, it holds dual vanity areas with mirrors, lightning, and marble countertops which is perfect for any type of hot item including curling irons, straighteners, and more. It also has a closet with extra space, a large couch that can be used for photos, and windows that give you a view of the garden.

Garden Suite (Brunch Suite)

This room is perfect for keeping all food and drink items in! It comes with a built-in mini-fridge, counter space, a farmhouse styled table, and seating for family members, friends, or the bridal party. This bar comes with one complimentary bottle of champagne, orange juice, and any other mixers wanted by request.

Juliet Window

The Juliet Window is a staple at Rocky River Plantation! It can be used for introductions for the bride and groom, pictures, and more.


Equipped with two bathrooms, one located downstairs off of the foyer and gentlemen’s suite and the second upstairs. Both bathrooms feature 11 foot ceilings and a working shower. The upstairs bathroom is used for the bride, bridal party, family, and close friends. Usually, not used by guests.

More Photos of Rocky River Plantation!

You’ll want to come see it in person to see all the wonderful details for yourself!

Q&A With Rocky River Staff

1. Tell us what makes Rocky River Plantation special?

Rocky River is not like your average traditional historic house. It stays true to its historic structure, however our team has brought in a touch of modern romance. The interior decor pays homage to where we are in the present day while staying true to its foundation. Rocky is versatile in how it can fit many different visions. While traditional and timeless on the outside, it can be transformed to fit any idea. We’ve seen it used for traditional weddings, rustic weddings, and even transitioned to fit a boho style in the fall!

2. How would you describe it in a few words?

Traditional ambiance with a touch of elegance.

3. What would you tell a couple who is interested in getting married at RRP?

The possibilities are endless and can meet all your needs and expectations. We are a blank canvas looking to be filled with personal touches that are special to your relationship and wedding day. Personal touches are truly our favorite part of every wedding hosted at Rocky River!

4. What advice would you give an engaged couple trying to choose a wedding venue?

The place that gives you butterflies is the place for you! If you find yourself keep going back to it, then trust your instincts and book that venue.

5. In your opinion, what song HAS to be included on the wedding reception playlist?

Beyond by Leon Bridges. The perfect slow song for a first or last dance for the bride and groom. Everytime this is played at a wedding, we weep from the joy and happiness reflected by the couple.

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