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Strong Mansion

Dickerson , MD

LOCATION

7901 Comus Road
Dickerson, MD 20842 US (map)

PHONE

301-869-7846

WEBSITE

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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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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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Private User
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband found Strong Mansion in a magazine or reading about it online. We were only in town (where I grew up in Baltimore) for a couple days and wanted to find and secure a wedding venue for the next year to start planning our wedding. We drove out to western Maryland and got closer to Sugarloaf Mountain. The peaceful, tree-lined roads leading up to it were exactly what I wanted our wedding guests to ride through on their way to our ceremony. I love forests and wanted to get married outside. This location is perfect because you get to get married atop a mountain, by a beautiful pond, if you choose, and have a remote and private best party of your life surrounded by nature. The solid old mansion is not gaudy, which was a plus for us. It is elegant and peaceful and just a backdrop to the wedding outside. The tent was included in the price of renting the venue -- don't underestimate the value there, because tents of that size typically cost thousands. Strong Mansion staff take excellent care of the mansion and the premises. They are proud of its history and also of their service, which they should be. They were very helpful with advice about local vendors and were welcoming when we asked to take our engagement photos with our photographer there, so he could check it out beforehand. Definitely be in contact with Chris and staff there to set something like that up -- it is private property and you need permission first and to make arrangements if you want to get into the mansion. We didn't have a wedding planner and didn't need one. The venue comes with an organizer who works for YOU (as opposed to your out-of-line bridesmaids/relatives) and will do everything she can to make your ceremony and reception the way you want it and run it so smoothly! We were so thrilled with our wedding there, and many of our guests genuinely told us ours was the best wedding they had ever been to, some of them including their own! My partner and I would love to go back there someday!
My husband found Strong Mansion in a magazine or reading about it online. We were only in town (where I grew up in Read more...
My husband found Strong Mansion in a magazine or reading about it online. We were only in town (where I grew up in Baltimore) for a couple days and wanted to find and secure a wedding venue for the next year to start planning our wedding. We drove out to western Maryland and got closer to Sugarloaf Mountain. The peaceful, tree-lined roads leading up to it were exactly what I wanted our wedding guests to ride through on their way to our ceremony. I love forests and wanted to get married outside. This location is perfect because you get to get married atop a mountain, by a beautiful pond, if you choose, and have a remote and private best party of your life surrounded by nature. The solid old mansion is not gaudy, which was a plus for us. It is elegant and peaceful and just a backdrop to the wedding outside. The tent was included in the price of renting the venue -- don't underestimate the value there, because tents of that size typically cost thousands. Strong Mansion staff take excellent care of the mansion and the premises. They are proud of its history and also of their service, which they should be. They were very helpful with advice about local vendors and were welcoming when we asked to take our engagement photos with our photographer there, so he could check it out beforehand. Definitely be in contact with Chris and staff there to set something like that up -- it is private property and you need permission first and to make arrangements if you want to get into the mansion. We didn't have a wedding planner and didn't need one. The venue comes with an organizer who works for YOU (as opposed to your out-of-line bridesmaids/relatives) and will do everything she can to make your ceremony and reception the way you want it and run it so smoothly! We were so thrilled with our wedding there, and many of our guests genuinely told us ours was the best wedding they had ever been to, some of them including their own! My partner and I would love to go back there someday! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Absolutely gorgeous venue for our big day. So happy with the service both prior to & during our wedding. The tent is perfect for the reception & the pictures down in the garden are gorgeous. Such a special place.
Absolutely gorgeous venue for our big day. So happy with the service both prior to & during our wedding. The tent is Read more...
Absolutely gorgeous venue for our big day. So happy with the service both prior to & during our wedding. The tent is perfect for the reception & the pictures down in the garden are gorgeous. Such a special place. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
The entire experience from start to finish was wonderful! This is a beautiful venue with a very professional staff that is truly committed to helping you plan the day you have always wanted.
The entire experience from start to finish was wonderful! This is a beautiful venue with a very professional staff that is Read more...
The entire experience from start to finish was wonderful! This is a beautiful venue with a very professional staff that is truly committed to helping you plan the day you have always wanted. Read less
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Steph
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Gorgeous venue for wedding and reception!
We looked at several sites for my daughter's outdoor wedding. I am so thankful we chose Strong! Strong Mansion is extremely well cared for and managed. Meticulous. I visited 4 times prior to the wedding, and everything inside and out always looked gorgeous, clean, and well manicured. A beautiful spacious Mansion, with formal gardens outside, enveloped by the natural and serene woodland beauty of Sugarloaf.

The mansion is spacious and beautiful, plenty of space/privacy for the bridal party to get ready. Relaxing. Great photo locations inside and out.

Chris, our coordinator was wonderful. She offered great advice and guidance, and brought up things that I would not have thought of. She returned all of my phone calls in a timely manner.
The rest of the staff was very professional as well. Our Day of Coordinator, Trish, was great. She went through everything well at rehearsal, and the ceremony went smoothly thanks to her strong leadership. If I had any questions or needed anything, she would appear from nowhere!

It is obvious to me that the Staff at Strong cares about each and every Bride. Throughout the whole process, they went above and beyond their own responsibility. During set up, If they saw something that didn't look quite right, they would take care of it, even though it was not their responsibility.
The Staff was respectful and caring. They made us, and all of our guest feel welcome.

All of the property is maintained beautifully. I cannot say that about many of the venues that we originally looked at. As your guests begin approach the venue, from the beginning of Strong's property, it is like you are truly approaching a destination.
I have heard from many that this was one of the most beautiful weddings they have ever attended.
And I didn't feel like just a customer; I felt that our important event was their important event.
Gorgeous venue for wedding and reception!
We looked at several sites for my daughter's outdoor wedding. I am so Read more...
Gorgeous venue for wedding and reception!
We looked at several sites for my daughter's outdoor wedding. I am so thankful we chose Strong! Strong Mansion is extremely well cared for and managed. Meticulous. I visited 4 times prior to the wedding, and everything inside and out always looked gorgeous, clean, and well manicured. A beautiful spacious Mansion, with formal gardens outside, enveloped by the natural and serene woodland beauty of Sugarloaf.

The mansion is spacious and beautiful, plenty of space/privacy for the bridal party to get ready. Relaxing. Great photo locations inside and out.

Chris, our coordinator was wonderful. She offered great advice and guidance, and brought up things that I would not have thought of. She returned all of my phone calls in a timely manner.
The rest of the staff was very professional as well. Our Day of Coordinator, Trish, was great. She went through everything well at rehearsal, and the ceremony went smoothly thanks to her strong leadership. If I had any questions or needed anything, she would appear from nowhere!

It is obvious to me that the Staff at Strong cares about each and every Bride. Throughout the whole process, they went above and beyond their own responsibility. During set up, If they saw something that didn't look quite right, they would take care of it, even though it was not their responsibility.
The Staff was respectful and caring. They made us, and all of our guest feel welcome.

All of the property is maintained beautifully. I cannot say that about many of the venues that we originally looked at. As your guests begin approach the venue, from the beginning of Strong's property, it is like you are truly approaching a destination.
I have heard from many that this was one of the most beautiful weddings they have ever attended.
And I didn't feel like just a customer; I felt that our important event was their important event. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
I couldn't be happier with our selection of Strong Mansion for our ceremony and reception. Our main criteria was finding an affordable and private venue, but Strong just blew us away. Every part of the venue area was picturesque - from the pond and big green doors, to beautiful structured gardens down the hill. Even the drive to Strong is beautiful - it completely sets the tone for the event. Inside the mansion there is an entire floor for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready, and a separate one for the groom/groomsmen. Chris at Strong was our main point of contact and helped us with some of the coordination on the day-of. She was always very responsive and helpful (although there are a lot of rules to protect the grounds - but rightly so!). It was very hot during the outdoor ceremony, but our guests were all so impressed by how beautiful the venue was. All in all it was the perfect location for us and made the event feel extra special!
I couldn't be happier with our selection of Strong Mansion for our ceremony and reception. Our main criteria was finding Read more...
I couldn't be happier with our selection of Strong Mansion for our ceremony and reception. Our main criteria was finding an affordable and private venue, but Strong just blew us away. Every part of the venue area was picturesque - from the pond and big green doors, to beautiful structured gardens down the hill. Even the drive to Strong is beautiful - it completely sets the tone for the event. Inside the mansion there is an entire floor for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready, and a separate one for the groom/groomsmen. Chris at Strong was our main point of contact and helped us with some of the coordination on the day-of. She was always very responsive and helpful (although there are a lot of rules to protect the grounds - but rightly so!). It was very hot during the outdoor ceremony, but our guests were all so impressed by how beautiful the venue was. All in all it was the perfect location for us and made the event feel extra special! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Absolutely stunning location!
Absolutely stunning location!
Absolutely stunning location! Read less
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Carrie
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
We absolutely love Strong Mansion and its beautiful surroundings. Kris and Patsy were great to work with. Both Kris and Patsy were very responsive to questions, and helpful with providing advice on caterers and other vendors.
I didn't have a wedding planner and was nervous about how everything would work- much to my relief, that was not an issue- Patsy led the rehearsal as my officiant was not available, was the day of coordinator and put out day of items and got everyone organized and where they needed to be. Patsy also made sure my groom and I had a few minutes of peace after the ceremony and had time to enjoy a few appetizers and drink before seeing everyone again.

Everyone had nothing but positive comments on how beautiful the venue was and this was after a week of hurricane rains!

I will never forget our beautiful wedding at Strong Mansion! I wish we could repeat the day over and over again!
We absolutely love Strong Mansion and its beautiful surroundings. Kris and Patsy were great to work with. Both Kris and Read more...
We absolutely love Strong Mansion and its beautiful surroundings. Kris and Patsy were great to work with. Both Kris and Patsy were very responsive to questions, and helpful with providing advice on caterers and other vendors.
I didn't have a wedding planner and was nervous about how everything would work- much to my relief, that was not an issue- Patsy led the rehearsal as my officiant was not available, was the day of coordinator and put out day of items and got everyone organized and where they needed to be. Patsy also made sure my groom and I had a few minutes of peace after the ceremony and had time to enjoy a few appetizers and drink before seeing everyone again.

Everyone had nothing but positive comments on how beautiful the venue was and this was after a week of hurricane rains!

I will never forget our beautiful wedding at Strong Mansion! I wish we could repeat the day over and over again! Read less
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Madeleine
Wedding:
6/19/2011
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding at Strong Mansion this June...and loved it. It was the perfect backdrop for how I had envisioned my dream wedding to be. Patsy, the onsite wedding coordinator, was wonderful on the day of the wedding and the rehearsal. She was the calming presence I needed and put me at ease...with those last min jitters. She helped make everything run smoothly...it was a great day! She made sure that my husband and I had a quiet moment after the ceremony. She brought us appetizers and drinks in a private setting. We then meet up with our bridal party and joined the guests.

I have hiked Sugarloaf Mt. for years and always dreamt of having a wedding there. When we met with Kris to look at the venue I feel in love with it. Hearing the history of the mansion was really great, now it is a historical site so you have to treat it as such, they have everything listed in the contract of things to keep in mind. We used Canapes catering, which has done a lot of wedding at this site so we really did not have to worry about a thing. Everything was taken care ! It is truly a picture perfect place to get married at.
I had my wedding at Strong Mansion this June...and loved it. It was the perfect backdrop for how I had envisioned my dream Read more...
I had my wedding at Strong Mansion this June...and loved it. It was the perfect backdrop for how I had envisioned my dream wedding to be. Patsy, the onsite wedding coordinator, was wonderful on the day of the wedding and the rehearsal. She was the calming presence I needed and put me at ease...with those last min jitters. She helped make everything run smoothly...it was a great day! She made sure that my husband and I had a quiet moment after the ceremony. She brought us appetizers and drinks in a private setting. We then meet up with our bridal party and joined the guests.

I have hiked Sugarloaf Mt. for years and always dreamt of having a wedding there. When we met with Kris to look at the venue I feel in love with it. Hearing the history of the mansion was really great, now it is a historical site so you have to treat it as such, they have everything listed in the contract of things to keep in mind. We used Canapes catering, which has done a lot of wedding at this site so we really did not have to worry about a thing. Everything was taken care ! It is truly a picture perfect place to get married at. Read less
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marino84
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Patsy was amazing in helping to make our wedding perfect. I've gotten many compliments on the location and it was beautiful! The mansion is perfect for getting ready and there is plenty of space. The grounds are well taken care of and are beautiful. Would highly recommend!
Patsy was amazing in helping to make our wedding perfect. I've gotten many compliments on the location and it was Read more...
Patsy was amazing in helping to make our wedding perfect. I've gotten many compliments on the location and it was beautiful! The mansion is perfect for getting ready and there is plenty of space. The grounds are well taken care of and are beautiful. Would highly recommend! Read less
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