The Manor Home, circa 1810, was an addition built by James and Andrew Ellicott Jr. onto the original Tavern, circa 1744. The Manor Home is comprised of three professionally decorated floors with covered porches overlooking the gardens and Patapsco River. The third floor is a three-room Bridal Suite with a dress fitting room, two sitting rooms and a full bathroom. A separate Groom’s Room is provided on the second floor for the gentlemen, with a private patio and private staircase leading to the bar.
The flow of the facility offers three separate areas for you and your guests to enjoy throughout the function:
Our Outdoor Ceremony Point has a dramatic entrance of a grand pergola with hanging flower baskets. The brick seating area, complete with a center aisle, is slightly downhill giving an impression of stadium seating, and leads to the main point overlooking the Patapsco River. One of the oldest and largest sycamore trees in Howard County (nominated for Howard County Champion in 2011) along with other surrounding trees provides an excellent canopy. There is also a Plan B for inclement weather when the ceremony needs to be hosted indoors.
Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres
Following the ceremony, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served in the Manor Home. A Colonial Revival porch leads you to the main entrance featuring fine transitional Federal/Green Revival detail consisting of the original double leaf doors. The interior rooms have been lovingly restored from colonial days, each by an individual designer, thereby giving The Elkridge Furnace Inn both a uniqueness and richness to the Manor Home.
The internal architecture provides a glimpse of Maryland history. The woodwork, mantelpieces and stairway showcase the craftsmanship of the 18th and 19th centuries. The stairway is graced with tiger maple spindles and a walnut cap rail. The floors are original and are constructed of longleaf yellow pine. Dogwood motifs in the moldings can be viewed throughout the house and reflect a popular colonial style also seen in the U.S. Capitol.
The Reception takes place in the Tent which is affixed to the Manor Home. The Tent (40′ x 80′) can be open or fully enclosed and is always equipped with chandeliers, ceiling fans, heating and air conditioning units and a wooden-panel parquet dance floor (18′ x 21′). Extensions can be added to cover the surrounding patios to allow for more space if needed.
Chef Owned & Operated
The Elkridge Furnace Inn is owned and operated by Executive Chef Daniel Wecker who saved the facility from demolition in 1988. Chef Wecker has been cooking professionally for over 40 years and will directly work with the bride and groom to create a fully customized menu.
Our rental rates begin at a four hour length, inclusive of the ceremony time if the ceremony is hosted at EFI, with the option to purchase additional time. Specific rental rates vary based on day, time of day and month. On Fridays and Sundays only one function is hosted which allows for flexibility in the timeframe. As Saturdays are more heavily sought, two functions are hosted; one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Saturday daytime functions must end no later than 4:00pm and Saturday evening functions can begin as early as 6:00pm. Only one wedding is hosted at a time, always.
Full Service Venue & Catering
EFI is a full service facility including set-up and breakdown (some exceptions apply). All items such as tables, chairs, house-stocked linens, china, glassware, flatware, dance floor, etc., are all included and covered by the rental rate. We do not charge individually for such items; we are happy to provide you with the equipment we have. Planning meetings are scheduled roughly six – eight months prior to the day of; with no additional charge per planning meeting. Pam & Cameron are also the managers who will run the event the day of, so the same people you plan with will be making sure everything happens correctly on your big day!
Chef Wecker does not limit menu options. All aspects of every function hosted are tailored to the specific wants and needs of the client. All food is made and prepared in-house, allowing total flexibility and limitless options. We have two organic gardens of various leafy greens, herbs and vegetables and the chefs use everything that is grown from season to season. All butchering and charcuterie is done in-house, as well. Special menus and menu options can also be created to accommodate guests with any specific food allergies and/or dietary restrictions including vegetarian, vegan and gluten- and/or lactose-free menus. Kosher-style menus can be created however as we are not a kosher kitchen we cannot accommodate kosher guests. We do allow kosher meals to be brought in from a kosher vendor to be served to kosher guests. Our pastry department can provide a wedding cake or any other kind of dessert. All desserts are made from scratch, in-house, by Executive Pastry Chef Genelle Balan. We do not require you to get the wedding cake from us, you can bring one in from an outside vendor with an additional cutting/plating fee charged.
More Information & Site Tours
If you would like to receive more information, specific sample menus, pricing proposals and/or date availability, please feel free to contact our sales team, who handle all Wedding Ceremony & Reception bookings.
or via telephone at 410.379.9336. We ask that all site tours are by appointment only. If a private function is being hosted, it would not be possible to give a full and proper tour. Our sales team is always happy to be available for a site tour and consulting visit, given no private function is being hosted.