Dr. Samuel Mansfield built the Annesdale Mansion, an Italianate Villa, in 1850. Considered a historic residence, the Annesdale is one of the largest and oldest homes to grace the Memphis area. It sits on over 7 acres located in the Annesdale Snowden Historic District, a neighborhood developed by the Snowden family during the early twentieth century.
Colonel Robert C. Brinkley bought the estate as a wedding present for his daughter, Annie Overton Brinkley, and her husband, Colonel Robert Bogardus Snowden. He named the estate “Annesdale” in her honor. The Annesdale Mansion and its gardens were home to the prominent Snowden family for more than 160 years. It even served as a Civil War hospital.
In 2010, Ken Robison purchased Annesdale. Since then, he has gone to great lengths to restore Annesdale back to its former glory. He preserved the hand-painted, 14-foot ceilings, Aubusson window treatments and several 9-foot oil painted panels, as well as many other priceless attributes that make the Annesdale Mansion so authentic. However, certain renovations were made to facilitate Annesdale as an event venue: Ken had central heat and air installed, as well as an updated kitchen. Annesdale was also made handicap accessible.
Annesdale Events was thrilled to open its gates to the public in the fall of 2013. By sharing the history and beauty of the Annesdale Mansion, it will live on as one of Memphis’s most historic treasures.