The Wheeler House History
Hidden treasures of the past help make one of North Georgia’s most premier wedding venues charming, eclectic, and classic. Built in 1906 by the owner of The Wheeler lumber yard, the venue was shaped with top choice lumber- all 6,000 square feet of floors are heart pine tongue and groove, as well as the walls, ceilings, and two story wrap-around porches. It was not until February of 2010 that The Wheeler House underwent major renovation when owner, Lee Lusk of Canton, Georgia purchased it. For the first time since 1906, The Wheeler House was repaired, renovated, and upgraded.
Everything from the foundation to the roof and everything in between was restored to pristine condition, and in 2011 The Wheeler House opened its doors to its first wedding.
The addition of the barn was built in 2012 and serves as the reception site and as an option for a ceremony site if one chooses not to be married outdoors under the beautifully constructed arbor. The barn is climate controlled in order to accommodate your special day any time of the year. The barn has a spacious dance floor based on your floor plan, in which you will develop with our in house wedding coordinators.
The house offers a bridal suite and rooms for dressing and preparing for your ceremony, wicker beautifully and elegantly decorated. Each room has its own private bathroom and the bridal suite includes a large claw foot tub that is original to the house. The groom and groomsmen have the luxury of having their own climate controlled suite in the barn, including a television and plenty of space to change or store personal items. There is also a billiards room inside the house that can be used by the groom and groomsmen or can be enjoyed by guests during their time at the venue.
The barn was meticulously planned and designed by owner, Lee Lusk, so that the barn wouldn’t be taller than focal point of the historic home, yet still preserving the 100+ year oak trees that surround it. The footprint was tediously surveyed in order for the barn to sit between 3 major historic oak trees without having to remove any. The most importantly, the reclaimed lumber was then used to not only build the main frame of the barn, but to cover the exterior of the barn as well. Lusk bought the old piers of the Panama City pier after the Florida city decided to build a more permanent concrete pier.
Additionally many of the poles came from the Panama City bay where the old airport runway went out over the water. After the international airport was built the old one was commissioned to be minimized, so when they removed the piers, Lusk bought them, shipped them on a logging truck to Ball Ground, and had a local gentleman hand cut each pole with an old fashion circular saw. This reclaimed lumber still has the saw marks, and you might be able to find holes from where boats tie offs were. While this was extremely expensive and time consuming, Lusk knew the special pressure treatment that protected the poles from corrosive ocean salt water was among the best and that the north Georgia climate couldn’t touch them! As the reclaimed wood ages and seasons, the exterior wood siding will grey and become even more beautiful and unique with age.
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From our gracious service to our rich history to the stunning natural beauty of our North Georgia wedding venue, The Wheeler House is a bride’s dream come true. If you’re interested in planning a wedding at The Wheeler House, please fill out your information below. A representative will be in touch with you soon.