During the Gold Rush in the 19th century, Virginia City was the most important settlement between San Francisco and Denver. Prospectors came from across the country to find their fortunes and millions of dollars were made finding gold in the hills. Today Virginia City is a great place for history lovers to visit and share in a bygone era. Visitors can walk on board sidewalks to view historic buildings, visit Old West saloons, museums, restaurants and shops, ride a stagecoach, trolley, and steam train and visit the old mines in the surrounding landscape. Virginia City is easily accessible from Reno and Carson City. More information about Virginia City.
Comstock Community Church
465 S C St, Virginia City
Southern Baptist Church holds intimate weddings for up to 50 guests. Anyone is welcome, but premarital counseling with the minister is required.
18 S C St, Virginia City
Delta Saloon is a historic saloon and casino located in downtown Virginia City. Delta has 8,688 square feet of event space including two banquet halls and an upstairs chapel room.
Edith Palmer’s Country Inn
416 S B St, Virginia City
Edith Palmer’s Country Inn includes a house and rock building reconstructed from an 1863 Victorian Cider Factory. The rock building is now a restaurant. An additional Victorian home has been renovated as part of the inn. The inn has indoor and outdoor settings available for events such as wedding, banquets, reunions and parties.
First Presbyterian Church
196 S C St, Virginia City
The First Presbyterian Church building dates back to 1866. The gorgeous sanctuary is full of stained glass windows and features an ornate pipe organ. The church can accommodate weddings with up to 70 guests on pews.
Gold Hill Hotel
1540 Main St, Virginia City
The Gold Hill Hotel is Nevada’s oldest hotel, located one mile south of Virginia City. The hotel can accommodate up to 120 people for events including weddings, receptions, parties and business functions. The Gold Hill Hotel’s Great Room and the Crown Point Restaurant can be used independently or combined for larger events. Catering and overnight accommodations are available.
Historic Fourth Ward School
537 South “C” Street, Virginia City
The Fourth Ward School was built in 1876. The school makes a unique setting for large and small events. The Great Hall seats 100 comfortably and makes an ideal location for receptions, banquets, meetings, luncheons and other events. The Mining Exhibit Room displays a variety of historic and educational exhibits and is located near the Great Hall. The Alumni Room seats 50 for workshops and smaller events. The Main Floor Classroom also seats 50. The First Floor Exhibit Space is a gallery that seats 30 and makes a nice location for meetings and receptions. The Third Floor Printers Room seats up to 40.
Piper’s Opera House
12 N B St, Virginia City
Piper’s Opera House is one of the most famous performance venues in the US. The Opera House was originally built in 1863, but was rebuilt twice due to fires. The current Opera House was built in 1885. The Opera House is available to rent for all sorts of events and makes a beautiful setting for a wedding.
Seven Mile Canyon Ranch
688 Seven Mile Canyon Rd, Virginia City
Seven Mile Canyon Guest Ranch is conveniently located one mile north of Virginia City. The ranch holds western lunch and dinner shows and has luxurious accommodations for overnight guests.. The ranch makes a great location for special events including romantic western weddings. Possible ceremony sites include an outdoor gazebo, an elevated stage, the redwood deck at the barn, the Canyon Ranch Room or even an isolated mountaintop. Catering and bar service are available.
Silver Queen Hotel
28 North C Street, Virginia City
The historic Silver Queen Hotel is located in the heart of Virginia City. The hotel has an authentic 1870s saloon and wedding chapel on the first floor. Affordable weddings can be held in the chapel. Victorian tuxes and gowns are available to rent.
St Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church
111 E St, Virginia City
St. Mary in the Mountains was built in 1869 and is currently being restored. The large church is available to rent for weddings. The historic church provides an ornate setting for events with an antique pipe organ and gorgeous architecture.
St Mary’s Art Center
55 N R St, Virginia City
St Mary’s Art Center (SMAC) is located in a restored, four-story, brick building originally built in 1875 as a hospital. The building is available to rent for receptions and other events. The ground floor has a kitchen, two bathrooms, photography labs, a studio, a gallery, a lounging area and a large dining room. The first floor has lodging rooms, bathrooms and another gallery. The second floor has lodging rooms, a painting studio and bathroom. The attic has studio space and a gallery.
Virginia and Truckee Railroad
F Street and Washington, Virginia City
The Virginia and Truckee (V&T) Railroad was completed in 1869 to haul gold from Virginia City. The train offers excursion tours where guests can learn about the history of the region and the train. V&T can run a special train for events such as weddings, reunions, and corporate events. The train is also available for group tours.
Virginia City Cemetery
North Virginia City
The Virginia City Cemetery is actually several smaller cemeteries combined. Cemetery tours are available for individuals and groups. The cemetery makes a truly unique setting for an outdoor wedding or other events.
Washoe Flats Event Center
555 US Highway 395, Reno, NV
Washoe Flats Steakhouse and Event Center is located close to Virginia City. The old west style setting provides a great location for all sorts of events including weddings, reunions and corporate events. The Event Center has private banquet room as well as an outdoor area with views of the majestic mountains.
Take Home Gifts
Once you decide on a venue for your event, there are lots of other decisions that you will need to make. Here is a suggestion: instead of the usual goody bags, why not send guests home with something that will really provide them with a memory of your event? Photos from one of our photo booths and the always fun flip-books make great take-home souvenirs.
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