On Saturday, October 28, The Adalea, known as the most beautiful historic house in the county, will be transformed from bridal venue into the location of a spooktacular Halloween Party. It will be the location of the Halloween Gala, a fundraiser for Cheatham County Imagination Library, Dolly Parton’s Books from Birth program for getting books into the hands of children under the age of six to help them become readers. The program in Cheatham County serves more than 1,000 families.
“It’s going to be a frightfully fun event filled with costumes, candy, and creepy crawlies,” said organizers. “Come dressed in your most creative Halloween attire and get ready for a night of ghoulish delights.”
This will be the Halloween party of the year with cocktails beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a silent auction beginning at 8:00 p.m. There will also be lots of food and a DJ to keep party goers dancing until dawn (or at least until the party is over).
Located in Chapmansboro, across from the Post Office, at 2901 Tennessee Highway 12, the home was once known as Cheap Hill House. The estate was built by John Littleton Pardue in 1855 and restored by John Lindhal beginning in the mid-1970s and extending more than 15 years to get it back to its original beauty after years and years of neglect by former owners and periods of being left empty. There are stories that it was saved from destruction during the Civil War due to a throw of the dice between two Union soldiers.
The current owner is Amanda Bell Williams. The late Montgomery Bell, one of Middle Tennessee’s most famous early economic developers, is her great-great-great-great-grandfather. Taking much pride in her historic roots, Williams is set on preserving the history of the home. She has left much of the original architecture and stunning period details untouched. She has also given each area of the estate a name that coincides with either her family history or with the history of the estate itself – like the Montgomery Bell Banquet Hall.
Set away from the main house, the Montgomery Bell Banquet Hall holds 200 and is a professionally designed and decorated event space that is one of the main reasons The Adalea has become a highly sought-after destination for upscale events in the area.
While the estate will offer excellent facilities for the event, it also has a slightly sinister history with stories of madness and death. Several members of the Pardue family spent time in and out of the mental asylum. And Talmadge Pardue had his funeral on the front lawn in 1952, after murdering his wife in their Detroit home and then committing suicide.
In the 1930s, it became a place where there were stories of wild parties thrown by the owner who bought the farm from the Pardues. He was from Nashville. He used the home as a weekend place to get out of the city. There was much drinking of illicit liquor, gambling and other questionable activities during this time.
With its wicked history behind it, but great fodder for a Halloween party, it is now known for excellent service, a beautiful location and providing a one-of-a-kind experience. The Adelea is the perfect venue for the Halloween Gala.
Organizers are still offering a variety of sponsorships. Individual tickets are $100 to $125 each. For more information about sponsorships and tickets, click here.