Historic three story riverfront southern mansion built in 1927.  Over 5300 square foot home and all 5 acres are yours for the weekend!
250' wide waterfront property with amazing views of the mile wide Neuse River!!!
Private waterfront ceremony site that is perfectly suited for weddings with its own private beach.
The original "Carriage House" waterfront pavillion with a 1600 square foot space for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners.  The Pavilion can be enclosed with white sides for weddings all year long.
Rental of the entire home, unlike a Bed & Breakfast, you will not be sharing the home with other people during your stay
26x40 in ground private pool! (Just converted to salt water)
Bath towels and bed linens provided.
Full kitchen with coffee maker, refrigerator, stove, dishes and silverware
7 Queen beds, 2 sleeper sofas, sleeps up to 14 people
3 full baths on the second floor and a half bath on the first and third floor. 
Bath house outside with two restrooms for wedding guests and for pool parties.
Wireless High Speed Internet Service
Stainless Steel gas grill for the guests

Private dressing room just for the Wedding Dress!!
Salon with two chairs for hair and make-up!! 

Please call or text John Williams for more information and to set up a tour.  252-876-7599

Abilena Plantation

Waterfront Weddings and Receptions   2814 Old Cherry Point Road,                 New Bern NC    252-876-7599

"Abilena Plantation is charming southern mansion and waterfront estate designed for waterfront weddings.  Thank you for learning more about our property.  Abilena becomes YOUR home for several days.  It gives you the time you need to have the wedding of your dreams."

Abilena Plantation​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Frequently asked questions

"Can we bring our own beer, wine, and alcohol?"

Yes.  It is your private party and your mansion for the weekend, so you do not need any permits as long as there is a licensed insured bartender serving.  Your caterer may provide the bartender or you may hire one.  This saves the average wedding $5000 because unlike other venues that sell you alcohol, there is no bar tab!   


"How many people can sleep at Abilena?"
There are 7 queen beds and two futons for a total of up to 14 people.

"Can we use the pool?"
Yes, the pool is warm by April and stays nice until October. It has just been changed over to salt water!!  No more chlorine!

"Can I bring my own caterer?"
You may bring your own licensed caterer, with approval of their license and insurance information.  We have a list of local caterers that do a great job.


"Can we bring a boat?"
Yes.  The river here is great for boating and a flat bottomed skiff or pontoon boat will come right up to our beach.  

"Are there hotels close by?"

Yes.  There are plenty of local hotels close to Abilena. 

The Doubletree
The Bridgepoint
Comfort Suites
Springhill Suites Marriott


"Does New Bern have an airport?"
Yes.  Abilena is only 2 miles from Craven Regional airport.  Delta and US Air fly into New Bern.


"Are sheets and towels provided?"
Yes.  The beds are made when you arrive.  There are plenty of towels for the house, you should bring beach towels for the pool and river activities.


"How do payments and deposits work?"
The deposit for any booking is $2000.  The balance is set up in a payment plan that works with each couples budget so that everything is paid before the wedding date.

Wedding Package #2
Check in wednesday, check out Sunday at 1 pm

 Sleeps up to 14 people!
The Bride and Groom each get their own room on the 2nd floor to get ready.  There is a private room just for the wedding dress, and a salon with two chairs for hair and Make-up.  Wedding and Reception on the grounds or in the Carriage House. 

***With this package your wedding party can stay in the mansion just like a vacation home!  Abilena sleeps up to 14 people!!

*120 White Chairs are included
*20 white benches for the ceremony seats 100 people
*15 60inch round tables for the reception
*4 72inch rectangle tables
*4 pub tables
*Arbor for the ceremony 
*Parking attendant and golf cart shuttle service for the wedding

 Package 2   $10,900


10% off for Military, Firefighters, Teachers, and Law enforcement

Wedding Package #1 
Friday and Saturday!!  $9,900

This package is great for couples that want to have the property for all day Friday, Saturday, and until 1 pm on Sunday afternoon! Check in is at 10am Friday morning.  The Bride and Bridesmaids and Groom and Groomsmen each get their own room to get ready.  There is a private room just for the wedding dress!  Salon with two chairs for hair and Make-up.  Wedding and Reception on the grounds or in the Carriage House.

Sleeps up to 14 people!

Carriage House is included

120 White Chairs are included
20 white benches for the ceremony seats 100 people
15 60inch round tables for the reception
4 72inch rectangle tables
4 pub tables
Arbor for the ceremony 
Parking attendant and golf cart shuttle service for the wedding day

Wedding Package #1   $9,900​ 

​10% off for fire fighters, Law enforcement, Military, and School teachers 

Call for availability and exact pricing 252-876-7599
 Preferred Caterers

The Flame

Strange and Sons Catering www.enccatering.com  (252)349-9601

Thee Catering Company 252-259-9500 theecateringcompany.com

Two Chefs Catering 252-670-9904 twochefscatering.net

 Preferred Wedding Planner and Bartender
Party Perfection  
myperfectparty.net Ganeva Kolb 252-876-7143

Preferred Rental Suppliers
Country Aire Event Rental  252-636-8368

Bear Town Tents David Cook 252-229-5133 

Preferred DJs

Chuck Kolb 252-229-8844  

CK Entertainment  www.ckentertainment.net

BTA Entertainment

Fox Feltman www.btaentertainment.com ​

Preferred Florists 

​Avalon Event Floral