A Historic Wedding Venue in the Heart of Chapel Hill

Celebrate your unique love story

Nestled beneath ancient oaks and towering magnolias, Old Lystra Inn’s peaceful country setting is located only 4.5 miles from downtown Franklin Street and provides the perfect backdrop for the day you’re dreaming of.

in the Triangle’s beautiful rolling hills of Tarheel country

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Feel absolutely at home here, surrounded by your closest friends and family members, in our stunningly renovated 1890’s farmhouse which has been completely reimagined into a modern, light-filled home-away-from-home for all the day’s memorable preparations. 

Our facilities are versatile and accommodating, designed with second-to-none client experiences in mind, ensuring beautiful, one-of-a-kind weddings that embrace the picturesque wooded Chapel Hill area. The expansive, beautifully manicured property offers garden-inspired lawns, deep rocking chair front porch, cocktail-ready slate patio, bistro lighting, and a cozy firepit to gather around and chat with old friends. Included in your package is use of an elegant 3200 square-foot tent, complete with tables, highly sought-after cross-back oak chairs, billowy draped ceiling, crystal chandeliers, and spacious dance floor.  

A beautiful, intimate setting for weddings and receptions

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One of a kind Weddings

 historic 1890's Farmhouse

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At Old Lystra Inn, we want you to enjoy all the amenities you need to make the day uniquely yours. After all, it is your wedding and not ours and we desire above all else that it looks and feels exactly like your distinctive love story. We provide a gorgeous canvas and all the tools you need to allow you to paint your rare and perfect picture of your celebration, your way.

Have questions? We understand this celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s completely normal to feel like a newbie and not even know what questions you should be asking. Please take a look through our extensive compilation of FAQs to both answer the questions burning on your minds and questions you haven’t even thought yet to ask. 

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- Sam

Looking for southern charm, unmatched hospitality, and family-like venue owners? Look no further. Beth, Tony, and their family went above and beyond to create a magical wedding. The historic venue with a cozy fire pit and a romantic garden-party ceremony amidst magnolia and bamboo trees was unforgettable. From planning to execution, this venue exceeded our expectations. Take the leap, call them, and visit. Starting our lives here as a married couple was the best decision we ever made, and you'll love it too!

"An Absolute Dream Come True"

- Sara

"I could not have asked for venue owners better than Beth and Tony. They were so incredibly accommodating, flexible, thoughtful, and kind. They really went above and beyond what they needed to do in order to make us happy and at ease and they were so kind and generous to all of our family and guests as well. The house and gardens are so beautiful and it was the perfect place for our wedding. I would 100% recommend Old Lystra to anyone looking for an outdoor wedding venue."

"Perfect space for the best day"

- Kelsey

"The Old Lystra Inn, Ashley, and the Pendola family are just lovely! Not only was the venue breathtaking, but it provided the best space for us and our guests to play and celebrate — HUGE cathedral tent, outdoor restrooms, double lawn space, patio, and bonfire area. We had the time of our lives and so did our guests! We would 100% recommend this place and people to help host your most special day!"

"The Most Magical Place!!"

Love Notes

your dream wedding can happen

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Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming experience, but it doesn't have to be. At our venue, we believe that your special day should be stress-free and enjoyable. We want you to focus on what really matters - celebrating your love with your family and friends. With our stress-free approach to weddings, you can relax and enjoy every moment of your special day, knowing that we have everything under control. Let us help you make your dream wedding a reality without the stress.

Stress-Free Wedding Day

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