THE NELMS HOUSE IS OPEN however most or our shop's Normal Hours of Operation have been affected. Please call ahead for current hours before you visit.
Outdoor dining available on the front porch, back deck, and backyard patio to enjoy tea/coffee with refreshments.
This gorgeous Victorian beauty was built by a local contractor, Charles F. Nelms as a family home around 1899. The Nelms House is open for tours, afternoon tea (or coffee), displays art work by local artists and is available for rent for special events. The Nelms House also hosts many special events of their own throughout the year.
WEDDINGS SPECIAL EVENTS:
The Nelms House offers beautiful, historic settings for ceremonies and other special events, both inside and out. It's also makes the perfect backdrop for photographs.
Two bedrooms and two bathrooms can be used by the bridal party.
How about an art workshops for the bridal shower as an activity and a "favor" or gift for the bridal party?The Nelms house will develop a workshop using the bridal flowers to make eco prints/dyes on vintage fabrics (silk, wool, linen, cotton) that can be made into scarves, pillow cases, table runners, purses/totes, tablecloths, napkins, placemats, scrunchies, headbands, wall hangings, or another keepsake they prefer.
Current Capacity:25 (during pandemic), post-COVID will be 50.
Safety Protocols: The Nelms House is best suited for safe circles of friends and family, using masks and seating that is socially distanced.
Availability:8 a.m. Sunday thru Thursday and Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 10:30 pm.
Enjoy a Wednesday WanderLove Stroll video tour of the Nelms House from Nov. 4, 2020.
Historic House Portrait Sessions
Come visit the Nelms House, a town historic landmark, for indoor and garden photography in June, during Smithfield’s Summertime Celebration, and through September. Have fun exploring the rooms to take photography in this Victorian and Art Deco designed venue. Take photos in a native plant garden designed for environmental management and wildlife habitat. If interested in participating in a Nelms House Photo Exhibit, ask about guidelines. While photographing, enjoy High Tea/Coffee Refreshments ($5/person). If professional photographers visit the venue during Fri and Sat noon to 5 p.m. when discounts are available for photo sessions booked in 2019. During the visit, just sign the Photographer Registry to receive your 2019 discount! Special Portrait Session Offer! You can book portrait sessions in advance at the Nelms House and other historic district shops with Heather Hughes Photography offering family, engagement, senior and portrait sessions for visitors starting at $250. Please inquire for more additional information about Heather’s advance booking and portraits at other historic district shops. (757) 870-4006, email@example.com orwww.heatherhughesphotography.com
Start Date : June 11, 2019
End Date : September 30, 2019