Event Rental

Since the 1940s, the Sidney Lanier Cottage has hosted Macon’s best events. The tradition began with Mrs. McAfee’s tea room, which hosted Bridal teas, rehearsal dinners, and the casual out-of-towner looking for a taste of Southern hospitality. That same hospitality continues today with each event rental. Macon’s brides know that you cannot have a Macon wedding without using the Cottage for a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or reception. Find out more and make your reservation by downloading the event rental contract here.


Some of the amenities at the Sidney Lanier Cottage include a landscaped formal garden and patio behind the house, a large Magnolia-shaded front yard, front porch with eight rocking chairs, full catering kitchen with restaurant grade two-oven, ten-burner stove, free Wi-Fi, tables, chairs, linens, glasses and stemware, furnishings, seasonal decorations, handicapped accessibility, and restrooms.

Reserve the Cottage for your Next Event:

  • Weddings
  • Wedding Rehearsal Dinners
  • Bridal Teas
  • Showers
  • Corporate Christmas parties
  • Cocktail receptions
  • Business meetings
  • Children’s tea parties
  • Catered dinners
Rental rates are among the most reasonable in town and help support the preservation of this important c1840 Cottage.

Event Rental Rates

  • 1-49 persons, $600

  • 50-99 persons, $750

  • 100-150 persons, $900

Rental Details

  • Rental includes in-house Site Coordinator and use of Cottage linens, dishes, silverware, glassware, etc.

  • Up to 150 guests possible with rental of Garden. Rental of Garden or use of the front lawn is an additional $150.

To reserve the Cottage, call our Cottage Coordinator, Bernard Turner, today at (478) 318-7057 or via email.

For more information, please download the rental contract here.