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Strong Mansion

Dickerson , MD

LOCATION

7901 Comus Road
Dickerson, MD 20842 US (map)

PHONE

301-869-7846

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ABOUT US

The Strong Mansion, Located on Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, Maryland, is owned and operated by Stronghold Incorporated, a private, nonprofit organization founded by Gordon and Louise... Read more
The Strong Mansion, Located on Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, Maryland, is owned and operated by Stronghold Incorporated, a private, nonprofit organization founded by Gordon and Louise Strong in 1946. The Strong mansion is located 15 minutes from historic Frederick, Maryland, and one hour form Baltimore, and one hour from both Virginia and DC. The property built in 1912 encompases 3,000 acres of private land open for public enjoyment.

The amenities of this romantic site include a spacious ballroom, seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, airconditioned bridal suite, and handicap accessibility. Many of the original furnishings grace this beautiful home. The grounds offer three ceremony sites, formal gardens, and tented patio that can accomadate 175 guests. This area is surrounded by the natural beauty of the views and forest.

Sugarloaf Mountain was used as a signal station during the Cival War. President Roosevelt made numerous trips to Sugarloaf to enjoy the views and tranquility. Gordon Strong, a native of Chicago, "discovered" the mountain while cycling with a friend and began aquiring the land in "woodlots" in 1903. He and his wife, Louise, made Sugarloaf their home. The mansion was compled in 1915. Mr. Strong believed "...those who appreciate natural beauty will be better people, people who treat each other better."

Please visit the Strong Mansion page on our website www.sugarloafmd.com for further information. Our wedding season begins in April and ends in November. Please call 301-869-7846 to schedule aa tour of the mansion and grounds. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Historic, Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
175
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Outside Vendors OK
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
4.5/5.0
After looking and looking, we decided on strong mansion because of its natural beauty. Its got so different spaces to enjoy - a garden, tent area, pond, ballroom, and history that really made it special for us. As the bride, I did of things DIY, and to my luck, Chris was absolutely wonderful and helpful. I only met Amy (the day of coordinator) during the rehearsal time, but wish I'd gotten a chance to chat with her before then because of all the moving parts I had.

The office's isn't particularly great using technology (they rarely use email to communicate), but are very helpful and responsive over the phone. I really enjoyed the wedding, and had many compliments from guests on the venue.
After looking and looking, we decided on strong mansion because of its natural beauty. Its got so different spaces to Read more...
After looking and looking, we decided on strong mansion because of its natural beauty. Its got so different spaces to enjoy - a garden, tent area, pond, ballroom, and history that really made it special for us. As the bride, I did of things DIY, and to my luck, Chris was absolutely wonderful and helpful. I only met Amy (the day of coordinator) during the rehearsal time, but wish I'd gotten a chance to chat with her before then because of all the moving parts I had.

The office's isn't particularly great using technology (they rarely use email to communicate), but are very helpful and responsive over the phone. I really enjoyed the wedding, and had many compliments from guests on the venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Strong Mansion provided us the perfect setting for the wedding that we imagined. Both of us wanted an outdoor setting that was classy and offered natural beauty. Strong is absolutely that setting. Couldn't have loved it more.
Strong Mansion provided us the perfect setting for the wedding that we imagined. Both of us wanted an outdoor setting that Read more...
Strong Mansion provided us the perfect setting for the wedding that we imagined. Both of us wanted an outdoor setting that was classy and offered natural beauty. Strong is absolutely that setting. Couldn't have loved it more. Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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Strong Mansion was the most beautiful place to have our wedding. I grew up hiking Sugarloaf Mountain and it just felt right that my wedding take place on such a unique and beautiful property that I had known for so much of my life. Our wedding was wonderful, the weather was incredible and the natural beauty of the Mansion and its grounds was literally like a movie. I had so many guests exclaim to me they felt like they were in the Great Gatsby! The wedding rehearsal was a bit chaotic, but the day of ran perfectly smooth. I couldn't be any happier that we chose this venue! Make sure you book early because weekends fill up here fast! We wanted a fall wedding originally and when we inquired in the fall a year before they were already booked, so we opted for a spring wedding in May and the weather (we didnt need to purchase fans or heaters) and flowers in bloom were AMAZING! Also, I recommend the drapery for the tent entirely (drapery provided by separate vendor). It really made the tent look so elegant and beautiful.
Strong Mansion was the most beautiful place to have our wedding. I grew up hiking Sugarloaf Mountain and it just felt Read more...
Strong Mansion was the most beautiful place to have our wedding. I grew up hiking Sugarloaf Mountain and it just felt right that my wedding take place on such a unique and beautiful property that I had known for so much of my life. Our wedding was wonderful, the weather was incredible and the natural beauty of the Mansion and its grounds was literally like a movie. I had so many guests exclaim to me they felt like they were in the Great Gatsby! The wedding rehearsal was a bit chaotic, but the day of ran perfectly smooth. I couldn't be any happier that we chose this venue! Make sure you book early because weekends fill up here fast! We wanted a fall wedding originally and when we inquired in the fall a year before they were already booked, so we opted for a spring wedding in May and the weather (we didnt need to purchase fans or heaters) and flowers in bloom were AMAZING! Also, I recommend the drapery for the tent entirely (drapery provided by separate vendor). It really made the tent look so elegant and beautiful. Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
What a beautiful, serene venue—a complete escape from the city. The mansion is gorgeous and authentic; the grounds are impeccable, natural and unique. It's a wonderful, affordable place to have a wedding. I just love it there. The staff at the venue are really kind and helpful. The value is unbeatable.
What a beautiful, serene venue—a complete escape from the city. The mansion is gorgeous and authentic; the grounds are Read more...
What a beautiful, serene venue—a complete escape from the city. The mansion is gorgeous and authentic; the grounds are impeccable, natural and unique. It's a wonderful, affordable place to have a wedding. I just love it there. The staff at the venue are really kind and helpful. The value is unbeatable. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.1/5.0
When the weather is cooperating, this place is absolutely breathtaking. You really want to be able to enjoy all the outdoor aspects of this venue. In any case, this venue is well prepared for any weather. The fact that this place comes with a tent included is a very important detail. Another important detail is that caterers cannot cook on-site. They will have to pre-cook a lot of your food before they can bring it to Strong Mansion. Depending on the size of your guest list, you may also require a tent extension. Depending on the weather, you will also have to pay extra for heaters or fans. Finally, the location of the venue can be a double-edged sword. It is absolutely beautiful but it is also remote. Transportation costs will have to be factored in when setting your wedding budget. Finally, the only issue I would say that we had with the staff is that they don't generally communicate with email. They're very old school so you have to reach them by phone or not at all. Otherwise, the staff was great.
When the weather is cooperating, this place is absolutely breathtaking. You really want to be able to enjoy all the Read more...
When the weather is cooperating, this place is absolutely breathtaking. You really want to be able to enjoy all the outdoor aspects of this venue. In any case, this venue is well prepared for any weather. The fact that this place comes with a tent included is a very important detail. Another important detail is that caterers cannot cook on-site. They will have to pre-cook a lot of your food before they can bring it to Strong Mansion. Depending on the size of your guest list, you may also require a tent extension. Depending on the weather, you will also have to pay extra for heaters or fans. Finally, the location of the venue can be a double-edged sword. It is absolutely beautiful but it is also remote. Transportation costs will have to be factored in when setting your wedding budget. Finally, the only issue I would say that we had with the staff is that they don't generally communicate with email. They're very old school so you have to reach them by phone or not at all. Otherwise, the staff was great. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.5/5.0
Strong Mansion is a beautiful wedding venue, but if you are considering it for your wedding please be aware that the venue staff can be extremely difficult to deal with. They can be very abrasive and not flexible. I highly recommend using the venue's recommended catering company, Canapés which the venue staff holds in high regard and allows them to do most if not all of the day of items. This reduces the amount of interaction you have with the venue staff.

Also be aware that their day of site manager is extremely abrasive and can be rude at times. I was very surprised how I, my family, and friends were treated during the wedding rehearsal and at the conclusion of our wedding when it was time to pack-up. We were spoken to very harshly and even yell at during different points.

If you select this venue, I hope you will go into it knowing how the staff is. If you can find ways around this (e.g. using recommended outside vendors), the house and the location are a beautiful setting. Ultimately our wedding was very nice and we were surrounded by friends and family. I just wish we could have had a different experience with the venue staff or avoided them all together.
Strong Mansion is a beautiful wedding venue, but if you are considering it for your wedding please be aware that the venue Read more...
Strong Mansion is a beautiful wedding venue, but if you are considering it for your wedding please be aware that the venue staff can be extremely difficult to deal with. They can be very abrasive and not flexible. I highly recommend using the venue's recommended catering company, Canapés which the venue staff holds in high regard and allows them to do most if not all of the day of items. This reduces the amount of interaction you have with the venue staff.

Also be aware that their day of site manager is extremely abrasive and can be rude at times. I was very surprised how I, my family, and friends were treated during the wedding rehearsal and at the conclusion of our wedding when it was time to pack-up. We were spoken to very harshly and even yell at during different points.

If you select this venue, I hope you will go into it knowing how the staff is. If you can find ways around this (e.g. using recommended outside vendors), the house and the location are a beautiful setting. Ultimately our wedding was very nice and we were surrounded by friends and family. I just wish we could have had a different experience with the venue staff or avoided them all together. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.2/5.0
I have to agree with all of these other reviewers. It's all true!

First and foremost, this venue is not only BEAUTIFUL, it is truly a local gem, inside & out!

Other points:
- Use vendors that are familiar with the site. Strong Mansion has many rules & regulations (understandably so!) so it's just a lot easier to go with a vendor who regularly do business there.
- Using vendors that are familiar with the site is also going to help with communication. We really didn't have too many questions for our venue contacts but when you do, you're going to have to ask them well in advance of when you need the answers. But hey, being old school has its perks, and one of them is that the staff is sooooo nice!
- I also wished they let us come to the venue earlier in the day to get ready. It wasn't easy to coordinate getting ready at the hotel/elsewhere because there is nothing less than 15 minutes away from Strong Mansion! Though, I know they schedule tours in the mornings so I'm not really sure what the solution is.
- Finally, having a day-of coordinator was incredibly helpful. Usually you have to pay extra for that kind of thing! And although I appreciated her taking charge on a few things, getting everyone in line, etc. so that I didn't have to, there were many that thought it was a little too much. And again, while I appreciated some of her suggestions, some were excessively pushy (not to mention the fact that I'm sure most brides don't appreciate last minute changes to what they have already thought through and planned out).

But please do not let any of this deter you from having your wedding at Strong Mansion! Just prepare accordingly...
I have to agree with all of these other reviewers. It's all true!

First and foremost, this venue is not only Read more...
I have to agree with all of these other reviewers. It's all true!

First and foremost, this venue is not only BEAUTIFUL, it is truly a local gem, inside & out!

Other points:
- Use vendors that are familiar with the site. Strong Mansion has many rules & regulations (understandably so!) so it's just a lot easier to go with a vendor who regularly do business there.
- Using vendors that are familiar with the site is also going to help with communication. We really didn't have too many questions for our venue contacts but when you do, you're going to have to ask them well in advance of when you need the answers. But hey, being old school has its perks, and one of them is that the staff is sooooo nice!
- I also wished they let us come to the venue earlier in the day to get ready. It wasn't easy to coordinate getting ready at the hotel/elsewhere because there is nothing less than 15 minutes away from Strong Mansion! Though, I know they schedule tours in the mornings so I'm not really sure what the solution is.
- Finally, having a day-of coordinator was incredibly helpful. Usually you have to pay extra for that kind of thing! And although I appreciated her taking charge on a few things, getting everyone in line, etc. so that I didn't have to, there were many that thought it was a little too much. And again, while I appreciated some of her suggestions, some were excessively pushy (not to mention the fact that I'm sure most brides don't appreciate last minute changes to what they have already thought through and planned out).

But please do not let any of this deter you from having your wedding at Strong Mansion! Just prepare accordingly... Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/4/2014
4.4/5.0
Strong Mansion was far and away the best venue we looked at. It perfectly fit our style. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and our guests loved looking around the house. My only word of warning is that they can be hard to communicate with. They only answer the phones on M,W, and F and do not use email at all as far as I can tell, which presented a few minor hiccups. It worked out fine in the end, especially because we used a caterer that has done tons of events there and could easily answer any questions we had. Also, while the staff is generally helpful, some of my guests and bridal party found the site coordinator a little difficult. If you are ok with being flexible to accommodate the way they work, Strong Mansion is well worth the effort.
Strong Mansion was far and away the best venue we looked at. It perfectly fit our style. The grounds are absolutely Read more...
Strong Mansion was far and away the best venue we looked at. It perfectly fit our style. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and our guests loved looking around the house. My only word of warning is that they can be hard to communicate with. They only answer the phones on M,W, and F and do not use email at all as far as I can tell, which presented a few minor hiccups. It worked out fine in the end, especially because we used a caterer that has done tons of events there and could easily answer any questions we had. Also, while the staff is generally helpful, some of my guests and bridal party found the site coordinator a little difficult. If you are ok with being flexible to accommodate the way they work, Strong Mansion is well worth the effort. Read less
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BZ
Wedding:
9/27/2014
4.7/5.0
Strong Mansion is a gorgeous wedding venue for your special day. It is all outside and if the weather is nice you can't beat the beauty of the venue and the grounds. Several areas for pictures including the mansion, ceremony steps, pond, large green doors, wooded alley, and flower garden make this a perfect venue for a wedding. As some other posters have mentioned, contact is all by phone and paper contracts, they are old school so do not use email. The one thing I would recommend them to do is allow the bridal party to use the mansion all day Saturday. Since the venue only does one party per weekend there is not reason to not allow the wedding party to use the mansion before 4PM.
Strong Mansion is a gorgeous wedding venue for your special day. It is all outside and if the weather is nice you can't Read more...
Strong Mansion is a gorgeous wedding venue for your special day. It is all outside and if the weather is nice you can't beat the beauty of the venue and the grounds. Several areas for pictures including the mansion, ceremony steps, pond, large green doors, wooded alley, and flower garden make this a perfect venue for a wedding. As some other posters have mentioned, contact is all by phone and paper contracts, they are old school so do not use email. The one thing I would recommend them to do is allow the bridal party to use the mansion all day Saturday. Since the venue only does one party per weekend there is not reason to not allow the wedding party to use the mansion before 4PM. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.7/5.0
The venue was beautiful. Our only complaint is the property manager was a little too involved in our wedding and wasn't very nice to many of our guests.
The venue was beautiful. Our only complaint is the property manager was a little too involved in our wedding and wasn't Read more...
The venue was beautiful. Our only complaint is the property manager was a little too involved in our wedding and wasn't very nice to many of our guests. Read less
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