Host an Event at the Nissen House

There are many ways the Nissen House can serve your needs: Meetings, retreats, small receptions and weddings, family reunions, catered meals, tea parties, baby showers, cultural/educational programs, and arts and crafts displays, to name a few. Space in the house can be rented by individual rooms, or the entire first floor can be reserved, with or without the use of the catering kitchen.

In addition to the period furniture located permanently in the rooms, the house has available 3 six-foot round folding tables and one rectangular folding table, plus 32 folding chairs for your event use, at no additional charge. Occupancy limits for each room are set at 13 persons, with a maximum of 50 persons at any one time in the house. The second floor of the house is not open to the public at this time.

Meetings and Conferences

The Nissen House offers space for meetings with a table seating capacity of 8 persons per room. Two of the rooms can be closed off for privacy, and catering kitchen use is available for snacks or lunch at a small rental charge. WiFi reception is available in all rooms.

Engagement Parties & Weddings

The Nissen House is the perfect venue for small engagement parties or weddings. The stairway lends itself to bridal photos, and the Cabbage Rose and Renwick Olive Rooms can function as dressing or small party areas for the bride and groom. Both rooms can be closed off from public view. The front porch and lawn areas can also be reserved for tenting. PowerPoint capability is available.

Teas and Catered Meals

Need to host your family or friends for a tea or meal? Plan your next pot-luck supper or catered meal occasion at the Nissen House! Food can be kept warm or cold in our spacious warming cabinet and large refrigerator (no facilities are available for cooking food at the house). You can use your own caterer or try one of the recommended names on our list of caterers.

Arts & Crafts Displays and Sales

You can rent one or more of our rooms to display and sell your special creations on our folding tables, and you can serve refreshments out of our catering kitchen at a small rental charge.  What better way to put folks in the holiday spirit!

Why Should I Plan My Event at the Nissen House

The historic Nissen House offers rental space with the warm and inviting atmosphere of a unique mid-to late 19th-century rural North Carolina home, space appropriate for many types of uses: meetings, small receptions, family reunions, retreats, catered meals, small weddings, teas, educational presentations, etc.

The house is equipped with a modern catering kitchen and bathrooms and up-to-date technological capabilities. All public areas of the house are handicapped accessible, with a rear-entry handicapped ramp and reserved parking space. A paved parking lot is immediately adjacent to the house for visitors and attendees of events.

Schedule a Tour

If you would like to tour the first floor of the Nissen House, please contact Merrikay Brown at (336) 766-5842. We will arrange for a volunteer docent to take your through the house and give you historical information on the house, its history and the Nissens.

Available Facilities (first floor only) and Rental Fees

The Nissen House is available for events lasting up to four (4) hours (including your event set-up and clean-up time). Events planned to last more than 4 hours will incur an additional $30 per hour fee.


  • Rental of the catering kitchen is optional at an additional flat $30 fee.
  • Fees shown do not include the $100 refundable Security Deposit.
  • Renter will be responsible for additional fees for an event that goes beyond the contracted rental time.
  • Entire 1st floor, no kitchen (capacity 50)$150
  • Entire 1st floor, plus outside area
    (no kitchen, capacity remains at 50)
  • 3 rooms, no kitchen$100
  • 2 rooms, no kitchen$75
  • 1 room, no kitchen$50
  • Catering Kitchen$30

Rooms available:

  • Renwick Olive Room (capacity 13)
  • Nissen Family Parlor (capacity 13)
  • Downing Straw Room (capacity 13)
  • Cabbage Rose Room (capacity 13)

The renter will be responsible for additional fees for an event that goes beyond the contracted rental time.

If you have questions or would like more information regarding renting the facility, please contact us.

The Historic Nissen House does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion/creed, gender, gender expression, adult age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, selection of staff, volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our clients, staff, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.