The Shackelford House

Virtual Tour

Be our guest on a full 360 degree tour of The Shackelford House, one of the area’s most popular wedding and upscale-event venues.


Premier Wedding Venue in Albany, Georgia

The Perfect Southern Living Style Wedding Venue

If you or your bride are looking for wedding venues near Albany, Georgia we invite you to tour and consider the historic elegance of The Shackelford House. The gorgeous Southern Living quality Shackelford House features some of the most elegant details around such as hand-carved molding and trim, a parlor, and a magnificent wooden staircase. Your wedding photos will look amazing with the backdrop of this amazing setting. The venue has also recently undergone renovations to convert former second-floor living quarters into a gracious bridal room complete with additional dressing rooms for bridesmaids. You will not find a more unique and accommodating location for your wedding in all of southwest Georgia. Please feel free to take the virtual tour above or schedule an in-person tour by contacting us at (229) 435-7721 or

Culinary queen Lynne Ranew Mertins joins forces with hospitality king Stewbos Merry Acres to host, cater at Shackelford House

It’s a match made in culinary and catering heaven: The name most synonymous with catering in Southwest Georgia – Lynne Ranew Mertins – joined Merry Acres Event Center/Stewbos, the region’s top food and hospitality company, on Jan. 1., 2015

As part of this merger one of the area’s most popular wedding and upscale-event venues, the Shackelford House was also reborn.

In addition to catering weddings and special occasions throughout the region for four decades, Mertins has hosted celebrations and meetings at Shackelford House since 2002. Merry Acres/Stewbos added Mertins to its staff and after purchasing the “Pink House,” designed by famed architect Edward Vason Jones.

Jones, an Albany native is best known for renovating 25 White House rooms and seven U.S. Department of State rooms from 1965 to 1980.

“It was built to look old, like Monticello, with hand-carved solid mahogany doors and beautiful architecture” Mertins says.

The transition is a homecoming for Mertins. As she continues to oversee events at the Shackelford House, she will also stay on to manage the catering operations of Merry Acres Inn & Event Center, a post she held from 1986 to 1992. For more information, call (229) 435-7721 or

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