Peel Mansion Venue & Museum

Discover a piece of Arkansas history and a unique venue for your next event.

A pioneer businessman, lawyer, father of nine, and the first native Arkansan elected to the United States Congress, Colonel Samuel West Peel built this extraordinary Italianate mansion on the outskirts of beautiful Bentonville, Arkansas in 1875. This idyllic home once stood as a working farmstead surrounded by 180 acres of apple orchards, as well as a large vegetable garden, and now serves as an immaculate display of the era in which it was built.

The Peel Mansion is not only a historical museum, but a magnificent event venue as well. The interior, featuring the Front Hall, Ladies Parlor, and Colonel Peel’s Library, is furnished with authentic antiquities and artifacts of the early Victorian period. These items are generously loaned to The Peel Compton Foundation by the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Old State House. The Mansion is also the site of an outdoor museum that hosts heritage roses, perennials, and other native plants, making the property even more stunning.

According to local legend there was an arrangement made by Samuel West Peel to Mary Emaline on their engagement. Samuel promised to build his fiancé a mansion like the ones she remembered from her childhood. With the success of his law practice, Peel finally fulfilled that promise 22 years later. The Peel’s named the mansion “The Oaks” for the large oak trees found throughout the property. One of those majestic trees remains near the icehouse on the property.

The Oaks, or what we know today as The Peel Mansion, has 14 rooms, originally housed 8 fireplaces, and is crowned by a tower on the 3rd floor. It was initially a brick residence (the stucco was added by another owner later in its history) built in the Italianate style. The interior and exterior walls are 18” to 24” thick and the ceilings are 12 ½ feet high throughout the house. An icehouse was built near the home. The 1-foot thick walls of the structure ensured that the Peel’s had ice well into the summer months.

The property where the mansion sits has a story of its own. Before European settlers moved in, the land was part of the Osage Tribe’s ancestral territory. The Osage Tribe was semi-nomadic, which means that they depended on hunting and gathering as well as gardening to thrive as a people. Each year, hunting season brought the Osage to what is now called Northwest Arkansas, and the men hunted deer, bison, elk, bear, and other game to bring back home to their families. The United States government forcibly removed the Osage from their lands in Arkansas and Missouri in the early 1800s forcing the tribe to move to a reservation in southeastern Kansas.

Samuel W. Peel House, built in 1875 in Bentonville (Benton County); circa 1900.       Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville

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The health and safety of our guests is important to us. We continue to take appropriate health and safety measures. The Mansion and Museum Store is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Book your timed visit now.

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Peel Mansion Venue for Events

The Peel Mansion, born of a love story between Colonel Peel and Mary Emeline Berry, is the perfect venue for weddings, reunions, and other meaningful events you will want to remember for a lifetime. It’s also a prime backdrop for filming, photoshoots and more.

Various vignette gardens are interlaced among curvilinear walks and large shade trees create a most appropriate setting for romantic ceremonies, family get-togethers, graduations, and more. The interior spaces include the Carriage House and Conservatory. The Peel Mansion fosters connectivity and provides an affordable option for a variety of different gatherings and celebrations.

History buffs, schools, and locals alike can rent the venue, schedule a tour, or just visit the mansion to explore its longstanding heritage. The Peel Mansion proudly promotes historic preservation and education for both the local community and tourists.

Mansion Sizes & Specs

The Peel Mansion offers different rooms based on your specific needs. Whether you’re looking to rent the property for a short period of time or the entire evening, we have a space for you. The Peel Mansion offers the Carriage House, Conservatory, or the entire property as an event venue.

The Carriage House at full capacity can seat anywhere from 100-120 guests at tables or 150-175 guests for cocktail hour. The room is 31 feet x 29 feet.

The Conservatory includes the use of all the garden areas and the North Terrace for bigger parties. It is 33 feet x 15 feet and can seat 60 people for dinner and 85 people at tables for cocktail.

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Mansion Pricing

Rates for The Peel Mansion range depending on the length of time you are planning to rent the property and what day of the week you prefer.

Those renting The Peel Mansion can also take advantage of our photography pricing at an additional fee of $75/hr as well as our available equipment which includes tables, chairs, AV, and kitchen equipment. The party who books The Peel Mansion will be responsible for the setup, breakdown, and cleanup of their event.

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The Peel Mansion is a popular event venue for weddings, private events, and corporate events. Make sure to book the mansion in advance to ensure you will have the event space for your special day.

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Peel Mansion Museum Tours

The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens offer a unique look back to a simpler time.

The gardens surrounding the museum invite visitors to slow down, take in the scenery and view the beautiful flowers, plants, and trees. The mansion is full of fun facts and tons of history to keep visitors entertained and curious. Peel Mansion Museum tours can be enjoyed by booking as a group or through a self-guided tour, where you can enjoy the property at your leisure. Schools, teams and whole organizations have taken advantage of our carefully curated tours—there are many different options available no matter the size. Learn more about booking tours with The Peel Compton Foundation.

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Peel Mansion Museum Store

(The Andy Lynch Cabin)

You’re invited.

We invite you to visit the Andy Lynch cabin store during your time at The Peel Mansion. Built in 1861, the cabin was relocated here from Brightwater, Arkansas. In this way, we showcase both ends of the historic spectrum from a primitive structure to the high style of the mansion. Stop by the Museum Store and check out handcrafted local gifts, souvenirs, and more. Every purchase from the cabin store supports the Foundation’s mission. The Peel Compton Foundation proudly preserves the Peel Mansion Museum and the Andy Lynch Cabin.

The Museum Store is open from Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come check out what’s new!

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