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Spotlight on A Southern Touch at The Estate

Special feature blog by Meghann Lambeth, Executive Director of Richmond County Tourism

A Southern Touch at The Estate

Find Your Getaway in Richmond County at a beautiful historic former home now renovated as the perfect event venue in Rockingham. The rich history of the house, dating back to the early 1900s, adds to the gorgeous design and makes A Southern Touch at The Estate a premier site to host events.

Laverne Schultz purchased the property about four years and his daughter, Lauren Taylor, and her longtime friends, Denita Yanonne Cauley and Ashlea McCormick pitched the idea of transforming the place into an events venue. After about two years of repairs and lots of TLC, A Southern Touch at the Estate was born. The ladies saw a need for a versatile all-purpose venue that represented our small southern community. “We all love Rockingham and see our business as an extension of our southern hospitality.”

The trio spent a great deal of time researching the property and located the oldest existing deed from 1901 when it was the estate of E.C. Cole, who left the property in his will to be divided amongst his children with the building being left to Jamie Cole Rollins. Jamie’s husband, H.J. Rollins, was a veterinarian and used a building that was behind the home as a veterinary hospital. The next known owner, Eldridge Carter, originally co-owned the  Carter-Sedberry Funeral Home located directly across the street at 705 Caroline Street. Carter, who lived in the estate with his wife and daughter, eventually took full ownership and renamed the funeral home Carter Funeral Home, which still exists today.

Thus far, they have hosted an assortment of events such as: baby showers, birthday parties, business meetings, church anniversaries, Christmas parties, engagement announcements, family reunions, graduation parties, gender reveals, paranormal events, photo shoots, Thanksgiving dinners, and weddings.

While the three ladies devote an enormous amount of time and energy into The Estate, they all have full-time jobs and work together to ensure each event has their special creative southern touch to provide a stress-free event for clients. They work extensively to bring the vision of their clients to life.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the executive order has contributed to a large downscale of the variety of events hosted at The Estate, as wedding ceremonies are an exclusion to the order. However, the ladies want everyone to know that while they absolutely love hosting weddings, they are certainly not limited to matrimonious events.

For all events, clients can choose the services that best fit their event through a list of packages that offer hourly, half-day, and full-day options. The Estate also provides free WiFi to guests.

Future plans include hosting their own events and possibly some fundraisers. They are excited to complete some additional property upgrades to the building. Upcoming events, such as: a fall festival, instructional classes, masquerade ball, and murder mystery, paint, and tea parties are also in the works.

When asked what their favorite aspect of The Estate was, the ladies collectively responded that they are local Richmond County citizens who love the community and want to provide a venue that reflects the southern charm of the county. Additionally, the ladies are proud to offer a site with such versatility of space which is centrally located in close proximity to the city of Rockingham, dining, lodging, and shopping options.

“We want potential clients to choose us for our southern hospitality and small town charm, as well as choose local vendors to accommodate their event.” The dedication and passion of the trio is evident as they treat each client and their guests as family and love providing an optimal destination for making memories at special events hosted at The Estate.

The Estate is open to the public on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 or you can contact them via Facebook (A Southern Touch at The Estate), Instagram (@asoutherntouchattheestate), or their website-


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