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The 1898, a venue for the ages


THE 1898 is an exquisite event venue offering guests a beautiful, sophisticated and intimate experience for an unforgettable event.

THE 1898 is located in the heart of Van Wert, Ohio and just a quick and beautiful 40-minute drive from Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 4,400 square foot stone chateau, built in the height of the Gilded Age, is appointed with incredible detailing – including:

The breathtakingly unique venue space is accented with significant antiques and art.  On the grounds of THE 1898 you’ll find a beautifully manicured wedding garden suited for larger gatherings and events. 

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THE 1898 is truly an event venue for the ages.

Ready to see how uniquely special THE 1898 is for yourself?

An Event Space for the Ages

The 1898 is the perfect setting for a variety of events, including: 

  • Weddings & Receptions
  • Bridal & Baby Showers
  • Birthday Parties
  • Anniversary Parties
  • Princess Parties
  • Formal Tea Parties
  • Corporate Meetings & Parties
  • Wine Nights
  • Charity Events 
  • Murder Mystery Nights
  • Holiday Parties
  • Catered Private Dinner Parties

Luxurious Amenities and
Unforgettable Memories

Our luxurious historic mansion offers multiple intimate settings to make your day everything you’ve dreamed it would be – for any event.

  • Five Formal Entertainment Rooms
  • Glam Room for Hair and Makeup Prep
  • Two Spacious Dressing/Bedrooms with Access to a Full Bathroom
  • Outdoor Wedding Garden
  • Large Outdoor Lawn for Flexible Entertaining
  • Outdoor Dining & Dance Plaza
  • An Elevated Stage
  • Large Front Porch for Entertaining
  • Additional Add-On Amenity Options are Available

Our goal is to create a truly memorable occasion for you and your loved ones by offering an elevated and intimate experience at The 1898.

If you’re interested in hosting your next event at The 1898, please contact us for pricing information and to schedule a tour.

Our Location

308 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891

The 1898 is located just two blocks south of Main Street in downtown Van Wert, Ohio. The Venue is situated on a large lot with plenty of space for outdoor events.

  • 25 miles from Celina, OH
  • 40 miles from Fort Wayne, IN
  • 90 miles from Toledo, OH
  • 30 miles from Lima, OH
  • 125 miles from Columbus, OH

Interested In Owning an Event Venue?

The owners of THE 1898 have decided to relocate and this beautiful, newly-renovated venue is for sale. The 1898 is not taking bookings at this time.