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Woodlawn Manor

Woodlawn Manor Park Event Center offers a beautiful, pastoral setting for weddings, receptions, social events, life celebrations and business meetings. The Georgian-style Manor House resides within the Woodlawn Cultural Park and possesses a charming sense of history. The Manor House, designated grounds and Woodlawn tent are available to rent for social and business events and offer a rustic, elegant setting. The rental site includes the Manor House, which was constructed in 1800 - 1815, a Gazebo Garden, expansive lawns, historic boxwoods and several outbuildings that speak to the agricultural operations at Woodlawn during the 19th century: the stone springhouse/meathouse, the log building/possibly slave housing and the board-and-batten tenant house. The onsite tent is also available for rental April through October, in combination with the Manor House.

Wedding ceremonies are often held in our Gazebo Garden, typically followed by indoor or outdoor cocktails and a tented reception. Business meetings are often held in the Manor House with the opportunity for an outdoor lunch and teambuilding activities on our expansive lawn.

Bride and Groom in front of Manor House bride and Groom's first look in front of historic out buildings

The Woodlawn Manor House

  • Available Year Round
  • Two beautifully decorated wedding party rooms for pre-ceremony preparations (2nd level)
  • Warming kitchen for licensed and insured caterer of your choice
  • Three restrooms
  • Three 1st level rooms used for event space featuring hardwood floors and period furnishings
  • Weddings with tented receptions (April - October) often utilize the house and front yard for cocktail hour
  • Manor House and grounds may be rented (without the tent) for small indoor events for 32 seated guests or 60 standing, cocktail-style. **Please note - all Saturday rentals in season (April - October) require rental of both Manor house AND tent

Cocktail tables in the Parlor in the Manor Housebride walking down aisle in front of Manor Housemanor house at nightCinderella bride in McKeever room in Manor HouseBride in Brides room in Manor House


Designated Grounds

The five-acre landscaped outdoor event space around the Manor House features:

  • Picturesque Gazebo Garden 
  • Expansive lawn with a stone springhouse/meathouse, log building/possibly slave housing and a board-and-batten tenant house. These historic buildings make wonderful backdrops for event space and wedding photography!
  • Convenient onsite parking

Stone Meathouse and Dairy yellow log cabin Red tenant house

First Kiss in the Gazebo Garden ceremony Bride and Horse Gazebo


The Woodlawn Manor Tent

  • Available for reservations April through October (in combination with the Manor House)
  • Comfortably seats 120 - 130 with room for dinner and dancing
  • 150 maximum capacity (with limited event space)
  • Elegant 30' X 60' white tent
  • 20' X 20' bumpout tent extension - great space for a buffet, bar and cake table
  • Beautiful herringbone pattern brick floor - perfect for dancing!
  • Cathedral window sidewalls
  • Chandelier lighting along with white stringed perimeter lights
  • Two gracefully lit brick pathways lead to the tent with easy access to the Manor House, Gazebo Garden and grounds
  • Tables and chairs included in the rental cost however, clients are always welcome to bring in their own rental furniture
  • Tent offers an inclement weather plan for a wedding ceremony and/or cocktail hour
  • Rental of tent includes Manor House and Grounds (please see online social rates and rental information sheet)

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Upcoming Open Houses

Woodlawn Cultural Park is managed by Montgomery Parks/The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and is a public park. The inside of Woodlawn Manor House is only available for viewing during Open Houses, so if you're interested in renting the facility for a special event, please visit us during an Open House to see the historic elegance of the interior, and enquire about dates and details. RSVPs are not required for Open Houses - just show up and Park Staff will show you around! Historic tours are not offered during Open Houses, but all patrons and Park visitors are welcome to view the Manor.

  • Saturday February 7th ; 11am to 3pm (*extended until 3pm)
  • Monday February 16th (President's Day) ; 11am to 3pm

For weekday (M-F) tours between the hours of 8am - 4pm, please email During winter months evening tours are limited due to earlier sunset times.

For reservation information and details, please view our Social Rates and Rental Information and our Social Rules and Regulations. For specific questions and availability, please email or call 301-774-1900 M-F.

Woodlawn News

Please view Future Woodlawn Visitor Center Construction information updated 6.11.14


front stairs in manor house park police horses tent at night Main drive of Woodlawn with bride and groom


Essential Information
ADDRESS 16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | 301-774-1900 | fax 301-774-9410 | Map |

Please call 301-774-1900 for information and availability M - F

Due to our event schedule, we are often working away from our desk. You may find that e-mail is the best way to reach us.

Reservation Manager: Melissa Bonds | email (Reservations Manager for both Woodlawn Manor and Seneca Lodge)



History of Woodlawn


2014 - 2015 Social Rates and Rental Information rev 1.28.14

What's included with my Social Reservation?rev 2.3.14

Social Event Rules and Regulations rev 11.18.13

SAMPLE Social Event Contract with Rules and Regulations rev 12.18.13

Planning Checklist rev 3.4.14

Sample Basic Timeline - due at least 30 days prior to event date (basic or detailed timeline OK)

Sample Detailed Timeline - due at least 30 days prior to event date (detailed or basic timeline OK)


Manor House (year round): 32 seated with tables and chairs (in largest room), 60 standing, cocktail-style (smaller capacity for indoor ceremonies)
Tent (April - October): 120 - 130 guests is the most comfortable seated capacity with room for dancing. Maximum Capacity = 150

RENTAL FURNITURE 2014 Additional TABLES AND CHAIRS Order Form - due at least 30 days prior to event date

Floor Plans may be submitted by email and are due at least 30 days prior to your event


GAZEBO Garden Ceremony Example Plan A

GAZEBO Garden Blank Template - due at least 30 days prior to event date


MANOR HOUSE Blank Floor Plan Template - due at least 30 days prior to event date

TENT Reception Floor Plan A Example

TENT Plan B Ceremony

TENT Blank Floor Plan Template - due at least 30 days prior to event date


Catering Rules and Regulations rev 11.21.13

SAMPLE Caterer License and Liability Insurance


2014 Business Rates and Rental Information


driveway with bride and groomfront of house


Weddings, Wedding Venues Woodlawn Manor, Best Wedding Venues in Washington DC - 2014 Couples' Choice Award Winner

Manor House

Photo Credits: Christopher Newkumet Photography; Ken Pak Photography; Voula Trip Photography; Jerome Tso Photography; Jeff Benzon Photography; Zeffert & Gold Catering; Joyeuse photography; Art Bu Lu Photography