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  • Revised 3-30-2013 Wedding Planner Guide 2013.docx


    Hartness House Inn

    Wedding Planning Guide

    Your Destination for your Country Wedding Dream come True

    Hartness House Inn Weddings

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    On behalf of the Hartness House Inn, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. We are delighted that you have considered the Hartness House to play a part in this joyous event.

    The Hartness House Inn offers all of the amenities of a first class destination resort without sacrificing the unique

    country charm that has been our hallmark for over 100 years. We are conveniently located just minutes from Interstate 91 and only 4 hours from New York City and 2 hours from Boston.

    The Inn is situated on a beautifully landscaped, 32 acre estate and was the country estate to former governor of

    Vermont, James Hartness. The Hartness House has a rich tradition as host to over hundreds of weddings over the past years.

    This Wedding Planner will help you organize the planning and scheduling for your event and familiarize you with the resources available to you at the Hartness House.

    Please feel free to contact our Wedding and Functions Manager at

    802-885-2115 to answer any questions that you may have after reviewing these materials.

    Again, congratulations and our warmest wishes.

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    The Hartness House Inn Unique Location . . . Personalized Service . . . Superb Cuisine

    This is what our brides and grooms can expect when they host their wedding reception at the Hartness House Inn. From dining to our staff, to the facility itself, we pride ourselves in excellence and personalized service to

    make your special day truly unique.

    The Hartness House Inn is an elegant 35-acre, turn-of-the century mansion and country estate with 40 rooms and was the home of former Vermont Governor James Hartness. The Inn boasts the warmth and architectural style of days gone by sweeping Center Hall

    three-story staircase, rich mahogany wood paneling, oak floors, Victorian lighting fixtures, fieldstone and walnut grand

    fireplaces, arch windows, and high ceilings grace the Main House.

    The Inn has three dining halls: the Victorian Ballroom seating 110; the Governors Dining Room seating 50; and the Library seating 50.

    The Inn offers its own award-winning kitchen to cater your special day. The Inn has a fine dining restaurant that can perfectly prepare your reception meals. Everything at the

    Hartness House is made of the very freshest ingredients, expertly prepared and beautifully presented by the Inns own chefs.

    Here at the Hartness House, we believe that every wedding is special and every couple is unique. We strive to create the wedding of your dreams, right down to the smallest detail.

    Attached you will find information and policies which been

    created to allow us to offer you and your guests the level of service excellence that we at the Hartness House are known for. Experience has shown that these policies, together with

    appropriate planning will guarantee that your Wedding Day will be everything you dream it to be. Our reputation is our most

    cherished asset and your unqualified satisfaction is our primary objective.

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    The Hartness House History

    The Hartness House is one of the most unique country inns in the United States. Its reputation as a historical place is, in fact, world-wide. The Hartness House is listed as a National Register of Historic Places and is a State of Vermont landmark. This is due to the genius of James Hartness governor of

    Vermont, industrialist, inventor, astronomer and writer.

    Springfield Vermont lies between the Green Mountains and the Connecticut River in southeastern Vermont. Beautifully hilly with crystal clear streams, rivers and forests and dotted with farms and church steeples and

    covered bridges, Springfield epitomizes the essence of the idyllic Vermont countryside. At the turn of the century the various waterfalls of the Black River situated in the middle of town - were providing energy from over ten power generating plants. The industry that grew in Springfield manufactured machine tools and the area became known as Precision Valley. That Springfield became an industrial center is credited largely to

    the genius and daring of James Hartness.

    In 1888, Jones and Lamson, a company which had produced everything from wrenches to rifles was moved from Windsor to Springfield. Hartness joined the company shortly thereafter. Two years later, Hartness

    invented one of the most important machine tools ever made the flat turret lathe.

    Hartness never stopped producing new ideas. From 1886 to 1933 he patented over 120 different machines. They ranged from the flat turret lathe and optical comparator to a safety razor and a telescope.

    Following his success as an inventor and CEO of James and Lamson, in 1903 Hartness begins the

    construction of his home now known as Hartness House. The Hartness House is beautifully mahogany wood paneled, with a great fireplace in the Library, and a sweeping three-story staircase. All the rooms in the

    mansion are restored and offer all the modern conveniences. The House offers three large rooms that are used to host functions. The House is surrounded by 35 acres of landscaped lawns, babbling brooks, nature walks,

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    stone bridges, and hillside meadows. The Hartness mansion is recognized with three National Register of Historic Places awards.

    Hartness avocations were interesting and illuminating. His business career followed the lines of other

    successful executives. In 1910, Hartness constructed his personal astronomical observatory and underground study and workplace. In 1914, Hartness purchased a Wright Flyer biplane, became one of the first 100

    licensed pilots in the U.S., and built Hartness Airport, one of Vermonts modern airports.

    In 1921, James Hartness was elected governor of Vermont. As governor, he expanded Vermonts highways and transportation systems, and championed womens rights. In 1927, he welcomed his good friend Charles

    Lindbergh to Vermont following Lindberghs historic Trans-Atlantic flight.

    In recent times, the Hartness House has been expanded from its original 11 rooms in the mansion to 40 rooms. Particularly noteworthy, the Hartness House has its own museum dedicated to amateur astronomy

    and telescope-making. There is an antique astronomical observatory that is connected to the museum. Hotel guests are invited to privately tour the museum during their stay at the Hartness House.

    Into this house there came and went an unbroken stream of friend, and all found here hospitality, simplicity,

    singular kindness, and pleasant unforgettable memories.

    From the biography of James Hartness, written by Joseph Wickham Roe

    Charles Lindbergh Suite, Main House Room 201 Contemporary Wing

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    Wedding Planning Itinerary

    The cost of the typical Wedding Package is based on a four (4) hour event. The following is a sample itinerary we follow when hosting wedding receptions, as well as the items included with our wedding package


    The typical package includes: Private Banquet room including skirted tables for the wedding party, cake and gifts tables.

    Linens and tables from our inventory. Fine dinnerware and glassware.

    Hardwood dance floor. Cake knife available during the reception.

    Coffee and tea service with dessert. A Hartness House coordinator to assist with all the details.

    6:00 PM Optional Cocktail Hour with either an Open Bar or a Cash Bar.

    7:15 PM Dinner Service begins with your selection of entrees and optional wine service.

    Following dinner and speeches, the Bar is open until closing. Your musical program can begin for dancing and entertainment.

    8:00 PM Musical program with Dancing

    9:00 PM A late evening coffee and tea service as well as service of your wedding cake, if desired

    10:00 PM Farewells and closing.

    The following service can be arranged for an additional cost:

    Rehearsal Dinner. Specialty linens or chair covers. Custom designed ice sculptures.

    Charger plates. Floral Arrangements.

    Dressing room for wedding party. Sunday Farewell Brunch

    Additional Overtime for Reception Evening

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    Reception Rooms and Capacity The Victorian Ballroom

    Available for wedding receptions year-round.

    Large and spacious, the Victorian ballroom features two chandeliers, air-conditioning, hardwood floors, an attractive panoramic bay window surrounded with oversized windows creating a light

    and airy room. At the entrance to the ballroom there is a reception room with fireplace. Dimensions: 40 by 28


    Banquet 110

    Classroom 60

    U-shaped 45

    Auditorium 150

    Victorian Ballroom

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    The Governors Room

    The Governors Room is our fine dining restaurant available for dinner year round. This room is available for private use for special occasions.

    Attractively wall-papered with large oversized windows and fieldstone wall, the Governors Room is spacious and cozy. It is conveniently located next to the Tavern, and the room is

    adjacent to outdoor deck. Dimensions: 28 by 21


    Banquet 50

    Classroom 30

    U-shaped 25

    Auditorium 70

    Governors Room Restaurant

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    The Library

    This room is popular for