Stonegate Manor wants to be new favorite wedding destination spot

If the elegance and sophistication of a country estate are what you are looking for in the place where you will be married check out Stonegate Manor, 2251 Riverside Road, Benton Harbor.

Stonegate Manor's owners say it is the newest "wedding of distinction" venue in Southwest Michigan. The venue evokes a sense of Victorian timelessness. 

"This is particularly fitting and undoubtedly comforting to people engaging in a journey they hope will last forever," says owner Prudy Nelson.

The property features a Victorian home, built in 1847, a carriage house, six acres of mature trees, and an air-conditioned event center with French doors opening onto a shaded porch flanked by wildflower meadows.

This homestead was originally settled by the Robert Dickson's family in the mid-1800's. The Victorian Manor house was built in 1847 and occupied by the family until 1942. It was abandoned for about 40 years before it was secured by the Siriano family who restored it.

Then 15 years ago, Tom and Prudy Nelson purchased the back 21 acres of the original property along the Paw Paw River, across from Sarrett Nature Center. In the fall of 2015, the entire 27 acres was again combined to create Stonegate Manor LLC, with the intent of becoming the area's premier wedding and event center.

Source: Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce