The estate’s rich history dates back to 1786 when Colonel Ransom Sutherland, an officer in the Fourth Regiment, North Carolina Continental Line and a member of the Council of State, purchased this property from John Mederais. Colonel Sutherland is said to have built the rear portion of the main house.
As early as 1807 the Sutherlands called the house Wakefields. The front block of the present main house was built in 1831 by John and Mourning Person Harris, descendants of Ransom Sutherland. Members of the Harris family owned the home until 1946. Since that time the property has had several owners. Over the years additions were constructed to complete the final home as it stands today.
It is important to us at The Sutherland to respect the unique history of this great property and preserve the charm, style and tranquility of the past and blend in state-of-the-art technology to offer the most pleasureable wedding and event venue.
With a host of stately oaks, grand magnolias, and tall pines, our grounds offer a picturesque setting for your wedding or event in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Whether you are having an intimate ceremony or the event of the millennium, they provide numerous location options on our property to suit your needs. You may consider getting married under the historic oaks or possibly in the walled garden.
The Sutherland is one of the only local venues offering event coordination and direction, included in your package. We provide pre-ceremony consultations from the time you book your date, all the way up to your event. Detailed time lines and layouts are provided to ensure your vision is perfect. In addition, Sutherland representatives are on site the entire day of your event, so you can be stress and worry free!