History of Marlsgate
Step into the living history and legacy that began in 1850 with the creation of Marlsgate. The "wedding gift" of 1,100 acres to Nettie Steele upon her marriage to William Pinkney Dortch ignited a reign that stood over 100 years. David P. Garner and his family took the torch in 1983 and restored Marlsgate to resplendent glory and gracious entertaining. Since 2017, Martha Ellen and Beau Talbot, the third owners of Marlsgate, celebrate sharing this treasure and its stories to all guests who walk through the ancient doors.
The mansion is not simply the home of one family. Its rooms, its furniture, its paintings, and its countless mementos illuminate the rich historical and cultural heritage of the American South, the habits and traditions of its people, and the triumphs and tragedies of its past. As custodians of this heritage, we are endeavoring to ensure that this magnificent house and its treasures will be preserved and thus make the past come alive for future generations. We hope very much that you will enjoy your visit.
Events At Marlsgate
Throughout the year we host a number of different fun events for the whole family.
This elegant stately Greek Revival structure is the perfect venue for your beautiful wedding. Marlsgate is nestled on the shores of Bearskin Lake and is the perfect location for your special day.