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Event Rentals

Shady Rest, our event hall, is a historic c.1925 honky-tonk/juke joint that was moved here from the Shady Rest community between Havana and Quincy. Shady Rest has 3,300 square feet of air-conditioned space in addition to a large (about 1,300 square feet) covered rear patio and several porches for relaxation. Shady Rest's original heart pine floors have been refinished, new paint has been added to the walls, curtains to the windows, and the Old Shady Rest is now ready to host meetings, conferences, weddings, receptions, banquets, parties and other types of events.

Shady Rest is perfect for events for up to 200 guests seated at tables or 250 guests not seated at tables. There is plenty of parking on the grounds for events as well.

The Nicholson House is the original house on the property and was built c. 1828 and is on the National Historic Register. It's unique history and structure serves beautifully for smaller occassions like rehearsal dinners, small ceremonies and parties. It can seat up to 80 guests.

Here's some history about The Nicholson House. It has sturdily endured the test of time and weather, housing four generations over the past 190 years. The house was built by Malcom Nicholson, son of Mr. & Mrs. Angus Nicholson, who immigrated to America from Scotland in 1775. The 5 bedroom house was built from materials on the plantation to oversee their 4000 acre spread. Amazing craftsmanship and skill was used in the construction of the house made of hand-hewn beams. Pine trees provided the wood. The walls were constructed from bricks kilned on the plantation and they were joined by mortar made of mud and clay. During the next several decades, improvements were made like roofing, weatherboarding and electricity and plumbing were added in 1923. Mr. Nicholson was proud of the fact that four generations were born and raised in the house. Dr. Malcolm Nicholson later passed ownership to his son Archibald who gave the house to his son Joseph who raised 6 children in the house and then passed it on to his son the second named Archibald who lived there the rest of his life. After the deaths of Mr. & Mrs. Archibald Nicholson, the house sat empty for a period of time until it was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Charles Eubanks. They lovingly restored it further and made some additions. The Eubanks then sold it to Mr. & Mrs. Paul Nicholson (Ann) who was the great-great grandson of Dr. Malcolm Nicholson who built the house.

Long ago, Mr. Joseph Nicholson (who had no descendants) said he hoped it would "pass on to someone who likes old things, so the house will be cared". Little did he know how much this house would be honored and treasured. It's our pleasure at Havana Springs Resort to keep its traditions going in the Nicholson name and continue the amazing festivities that Paul and Ann created here.

Havana Springs Resort is unique in that we offer several beautiful historic rooms and cottages for rent in addition to the Shady Rest event center and the Nicholson House. Perfect over night lodging for guests of weddings, receptions or meetings. Up to 40 of your attendees can stay overnight on the property in the beautiful historic rooms and cottages.

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Havana Springs Resort Event Types

Types of events we host at Havana Springs Resort:

Graduation parties
Birthday parties
Fashion Shows
National West Coast Swing Dance weekend intensive workshops
Corporate Retreats
Corporate Meetings
Leadership/Educational Symposiums
Murder Mystery Party/Dinners
Crawfish/Shrimp Boil
Wine Tasting
Retirement Community "Day Trip" Activities
Photography backdrops (weddings, engagement, anniversary, babies, seniors)
Holiday celebrations
Poker Runs for Bikers
Art Weekend - painting, sculpting, crochet

Venue Rental Rates

Times: Shady Rest * Nicholson House *
Mon - Wed Saturday Mon - Thu Fri - Sun
2 hours $450   $300 $400
4 hours $750   $400 $500
6 hours $1000   $500 $600
7:00am to 3:00pm (8 hours) $1100   $600 $700
4:00pm to midnight (8 hours) $1100   $600 $800
8:00am to midnight (16 hours) $1500 $2500 $1000 $1500

* The above venue rental prices are the discounted prices when using our in-house catering and beverage services. There will be a $1000 fee added to each rental when using on outside catering and beverage service. The caterer must be licensed and insured. Venue rental rates do not include taxes.

Event Rentals Includes:
Full use of Shady Rest Pavillion or Nicholson House
Clean up
Tables & Chairs (seating for 200)

Additional rental options:
Bar Services
Audio-Visual Services (if necessary)
Chair covers & sashes
Outdoor Canopies
Additional tables and chairs (for over 200 seats)