Special EventsWeddings and Special Events at Oaklands

From grand celebrations to intimate festivities, large-scale collaborative business receptions to modest training sessions or even fellowship meetings, Oaklands offers the perfect blend of elegant and alluring facilities and southern hospitality to make your event perfect in every way.

Weddings At Oaklands

Weddings at Oaklands

From intimate garden ceremonies to luxury receptions, Oaklands can help make your dream a reality. In addition to our beautiful ballroom, Oaklands also offers unique outdoor spaces including our grand Italianate mansion….



Oaklands is the perfect place for your special events. Our Venue includes over 1,700 square feet of hardwood floor (Maney Hall), which can accommodate up to 150 persons. Outdoor tenting space is also available for larger events…

Corporate Events

Corporate Events

Hosting a corporate event, meeting or fundraiser has never been easier! Escape the business-as-usual routine by providing your guests with a lovely change of scenery. With over 1,700 square feet of hardwood floors, our ballroom is an excellent open space for trade shows, expos, job fairs, fundraisers and more…

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We've got a forecast of beautiful 80 degree weather here in Middle Tennessee, and that means Cicadas will be here any day! This year Brood XIX will emerge after 13 years; this particular batch is one of the largest and we've gotten a lot of questions about these fascinating insects. The Brood is found in Tennessee mostly in central counties, though a few eastern and western counties will see both this brood and others this year too.

Cicadas neither bite nor sting. Apart from a disturbing appearance they're harmless to humans. Historically they were considered an ill-omen, but this is more due to their scary appearance than anything else. They aren't toxic, though eating too many of the critters can make your pets sick. When it comes to Ag, Cicadas aren't really a concern. They don't eat vegetation & don't pose a risk to most crops". They can threaten young trees; cicadas slice into small branches to lay their eggs and this damage can hurt or even kill younger and smaller trees, bushes, and shrubs. Some nurseries recommend covering these plants during the emergence. According to UT Extension and other experts, little research has been done into the impact these insects have on agriculture, though any positive or negative impacts appear to be minimal at best.

The brood will likely be very loud, especially for those of you not from the south who haven't experienced a large brood before. The loud noise they make is part of mating so similar loud noises like lawnmowers, boat engines, tractors, and similar can attract the insects in large numbers. Therefore, if you have a phobia of large insects stay quiet outdoors this summer! They can occasionally become tangled in long hair and so a hat while outdoors, especially in wooded areas, is a must (have we mentioned we sell a fantastic looking baseball cap here at the museum?). They emerge in greatest numbers near older stands of trees; open fields, farms, and newer developments will see fewer cicadas while older neighborhoods, parks, and wooded areas (including Ellington and Crieve Hall) will see the most.

Photo: Periodical Cicada courtesy of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org.
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