Established in 1887 and later decommissioned in 1985, this charming chapel still holds a soft spot in the hearts of the surrounding community where it sits like a beacon on the hill. Formally a functioning Methodist church, the structure was abandoned but not forgotten. Some saw the chapel as "too far gone" but we celebrated restoring this old building like saving an old friend.
With over 2600 square feet of beautifully lit and restored space, the interior features stained glass windows and pine floors original to the chapel. Tall ceilings, period-inspired chandeliers, and Carrara marble floors grace the room while the original Manns Chapel sign hangs as a special nod to the past. The pastor offices and Sunday school rooms now serve as a beautifully restored dressing rooms. Outside, a newly designed garden courtyard and cocktail patio sit under market lights and are lovely open-air or tented for dinners and ceremonies. A natural woodland area and wildflower garden now make for the perfect photo setting.
If you are looking for a genuinely unique venue imbued with history, then welcome.
As two brand designers and design educators, we reclaimed this special building where we now refashion the art of gathering. Along with our husbands ("The Wolf and The Bull"), we spent two years of thoughtful restoration to bring this chapel back to life- and what a glorious life it is! Fostering the meaningful joining of people and ideas in this beautiful venue is a dream come true. Working side-by-side, we spend our days in collaboration with local and national top-notch creatives to bring people back together for real connectedness.
Left: Yvette Navarro - The No-Nonsense Creative
Right: Aimee Flynn- The Passionate Idealist
Welcome! I moved to this area 18 years ago when my kids were born, and I fell in love with Chatham County as I watched them grow up here. The Parlour is truly a Chatham County gem, and as Venue Assistant, I have the privilege of showing people around our beautiful space and sharing all the rich history and beauty that it offers. I look forward to meeting you when you book a tour so we can envision your special day together!
Hello! I am a proud Tar Heel with a degree in International Economics & Development, and I love working with people. I was immediately drawn to the Parlour for its vintage charm and appreciation of local history - it's such a gem that connects everyone who walks through its doors. I manage all things venue-related, including set-up and day-of-event, always seeking creative solutions that make your day truly memorable. I'm honored to be a part of that process here at The Parlour.
As the first person to join The Parlour team, I have had the honor of watching so many Parlour couples and their families celebrate in their own unique way! I am a native of Chatham County and moved back home after graduating with my BA in Management from Lenoir Rhyne University finding there is no better place than North Carolina. As your Venue Host, I am here to make sure everything runs smoothly for you and all of your vendors. I sincerely look forward to working with you and watching your special day come to life!!
Hello Friends! As Venue Director, I am here to guide you through your journey at this very special venue. I joined The Parlour team bringing six years of catering experience, in addition to 20 years in the service industry. Ensuring an outstanding client experience has always been at the forefront of what I do- it's what I love! Each day I feel proud to work alongside our local vendors and seek new creative ways to share our sweet Chapel with the community. With a strong passion for detail, I am honored to share this magical time with you.