Built around 1840, The Cedars is Jackson’s oldest surviving residential structure, celebrating 175 years in 2016.
Once threatened by multi-family development, the house and property were spared through the coordinated efforts of Fondren Renaissance Foundation, SOFO, other area residents and community groups, corporate entities and the Mississippi Arts Commission. The campaign known as “Save the Cedars” did just that by raising enough money to purchase and renovate The Cedars in 2003.
Today, this two-acre retreat dotted with majestic cedar, oak, and magnolia trees provides the perfect intimate setting for weddings and receptions. The Viking kitchen allows caterers convenient, on-site food preparation and staging. The open floor plan and versatility easily accommodates groups of various sizes. The Cedars is the ideal location for a party of 500 or a meeting of 20.
The Cedars is also home to various cultural and community events throughout the year as Fondren Renaissance Foundation sponsors “Four Seasons of The Cedars” and other top-notch art shows and Symphony at Sunset with the full Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. All of these events are open and free to the public so everyone may enjoy the tranquility of this retreat in the heart of an urban environment.
Located at 4145 Old Canton Road, The Cedars is easily accessed throughout metro-Jackson by Interstate 55, Old Canton Road and Meadowbrook Road. If you would like more information about renting The Cedars for your next occasion, call the Fondren Renaissance Foundation at 601-981-9606 or 601-366-5552.
Cedars Contact & Rental Information:
The charming and historic Cedars at 4145 Old Canton Road, owned and operated by the Fondren Renaissance Foundation, is one of Jackson’s most popular spots for wedding receptions, luncheons, engagement parties, business meetings, receptions, corporate retreats, and private parties. (See the floor plan here).
The Cedars can be reserved for private functions by calling The Cedars at (601) 366-5552 or the Fondren Renaissance Foundation office at (601)981-9606. Following are the standard rental fees for use of the facility:
Weekend Rental – All weekend functions are $1,750**. Only one booking is permitted per weekend, so the lessee may have access to the facility from 12 Noon on Friday through Sunday evening. This is especially attractive for wedding plans that include several events.
Weekday Rental (Monday through Thursday)
Low Impact – less than 25 attending – $500**
Medium Impact – more than 25 but less than 75 attending – $750**
High Impact – more than 75 attending – $1,000**
All non-profit organizations are offered a discounted rate for weekday function only rental fees.
**All fees require an additional damage deposit of $250 refundable only if all terms of the contract are met.
Parties at The Cedars are asked to cease by 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and by 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday evenings out of respect for our neighbors. All outdoor amplified music must cease by 9 p.m. The Cedars is a non-smoking facility.
Take a look around the property with a gallery of images below: