Karen Whitaker as Their New Special Events Representative  

Oaklands Mansion is excited to welcome Karen Whitaker as our newest team member.  Karen, a former elementary school teacher and current owner of Encore Bridal on the historic downtown square, will represent Oaklands as Murfreesboro’s Premier Wedding and Events destination. As an active member of the Downtown Murfreesboro Business Association and a leader in Murfreesboro’s bridal industry, she is a natural fit for this position.

“When we began our search for a Special Event Representative for the Mansion, we were immediately interested in partnering with Karen”, said James Manning, Executive Director of Oaklands. “As an officiant, Karen has already performed numerous weddings in the Mansion and as owner of Encore Bridal, she has partnered with us during our award-winning annual exhibition, “Wedding Dresses Through the Decades”.  Together with her husband Art Whitaker, a local home brewer, she will get her feet, and her whistle wet, by working with us on our Second-Annual Oktoberfest at Oaklands.  As if there were not enough reasons to bring Karen onto the team, she is also a former elementary school teacher with 30 years under her belt.  As Oaklands’ mission is Education and Preservation, she will also be able to work closely with our vital Educational Program.”

To schedule your private venue tour contact Karen Whitaker at 615-809-4776 or Events@OaklandsMansion.org.  Oaklands Mansion is nestled in Oaklands Park, a native tree arboretum and natural wetlands, which includes Maney Spring as well as heritage and native gardens.  Oaklands Visitors Center houses a gift shop and Maney Reception Hall for special events and temporary exhibitions.  Oaklands Mansion is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00AM – 4:00PM and Sundays 1:00PM – 4:00PM.