Cherrydale Alumni House

Cherrydale Alumni House serves as a beautiful venue for intimate gatherings of friends, family, and colleagues. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Cherrydale features gracious interior spaces and exquisitely landscaped gardens.

Space is available inside the home to seat 26 guests for dinner or to serve 45 guests at a reception. Additional seating for 16 guests is located on the brick terrace, a popular spot for casual buffets. Large groups of up to 100 may be accommodated by using the interior spaces, the brick terrace, and the front lawn. However, no more than 49 individuals may be present in the home at one time by order of the fire marshal. While Cherrydale is available for use by any group, preference will be given to those affiliated with Furman.

General Guidelines

Renter may provide additional tables and chairs to increase the seating capacity on the patio. Groups of up to 100 people may be accommodated by using the patio and lawn in addition to the house. (An indoor event is limited to 49 people to comply with fire marshal restrictions.)

The furniture in the living room and dining room may not be moved or rearranged. The four tables on the dining porch may be repositioned, but they may not be moved to another area. All other furniture pieces on the dining porch may not be moved. The renter is responsible for meeting with the Cherrydale coordinator to determine the final seating arrangements. Major changes to the final arrangement may not be made on the day of the event. All events must conclude by 11 p.m. (exceptions must be made prior to the event and additional charges may apply).

Because of the historic nature of Cherrydale and its furnishings, candles may not be burned at any time. Children must be closely supervised at all times to protect the fragile antiques in the house. The renter will be responsible for any damage beyond normal use. The house must always be left as it is found. Tables and chairs on the dining porch and the patio must be returned to their original positions.

Bell Tower Catering is the official caterer at Cherrydale. Renter makes all arrangements directly with Bell Tower Catering by calling 864-294-3212 at least two weeks prior to the event. Guests may move freely throughout the first floor, but food and beverages are not permitted upstairs. For events involving students where alcohol is served, Furman University Police must be paid to be present. South Carolina Law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol. The client is responsible for all guests in accordance with this law.

All persons entering Cherrydale for any event are required to comply with all local, state, and federal laws. Firearms are not allowed on campus.

Book Your Next Event

To inquire about reserving Cherrydale, please call us at 864.294.2390.