Virginia's Award Winning Historic Landmark
Richmond, VA

Mankin Mansion History

Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast in Richmond, VA

Circa 1903

Set on a winding road just outside of Richmond, Virginia, Mankin Mansion is a sprawling showplace of the art of brickwork. The residence was built for Edward Thurston Mankin, the founder and owner of one of the South's most highly regarded brick foundries, which operated from 1903 through 1951.

Although the brick-making kilns are now gone, the 7,000 square foot mansion and its five dependencies are connected by intricate brick walks and walls. This architectural landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.



Mankin Mansion bricks were used extensively to recreate Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Church. Mankin also supplied bricks for John D. Rockefeller, The Baseball Hall of Fame, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, buildings at the University of Virginia and Medical College of Virginia, and in some of the finest homes in Richmond, by architects including William Lawrence Bottomley.

Along with the stunning main residence, the Mankin estate also includes a carriage house, a gardener's cottage, a summer house and a farmer's cottage.

In the center of the estate, a brick pergola stands. This ornate structure offers splendid views of the grounds' fountains. The pergola is connected, by brick walkways, to a bocce court, parterres, a lawn tennis court and brick benches. Across Oakley's Lane, one will find a one acre manmade reflecting pond.
Historic Mankin Mansion, located in Richmond, VA



Paula and Martin Ramirez, owners of Historic Mankin Mansion The mansion is now in the hands of the current proprietors Martin and Paula Ramirez. The native west coast family came to Virginia in 2003 in search of a magnificent home steeped in history and worthy of extravagantly formal weddings. Collectively Martin and Paula have been in the wedding industry for twenty five years and took great care in finding the absolute perfect home. All of their dreams were found in Mankin Mansion. The family purchased the home in a sadly neglected state in the spring of 2004. The mansion, along with its dependencies and grounds, has since undergone enormous and extensive restorations and is now near completion. The Ramirez family has brought a once dilapidated piece of history back to its original grandeur, and is grateful to offer its beauty and elegance to brides and grooms on their most romantic day.



The Estate Accommodations:

Enjoy our 5 acre resort for the weekend with our:
  • Grand Rockefeller Room
  • Carriage House
  • The Jefferson Suite; two bedrooms and full bathroom
  • The Washington Suite; one bedroom, living room, kitchenette and bathroom
  • The Gardener's Cottage; two bedrooms, living room, full kitchen and bathroom
  • The Farmer's Cottage; two bedrooms, living room, full kitchen, and bathroom
  • Summer House; restorations coming soon

  • Game Room with Billiards, Darts, Shuffle board, Foosball and Basketball

  • Poker Room

  • Video Game Room
Historic Mankin Mansion, a Richmond VA bed and breakfast Historic Mankin Mansion in Richmond, VA



Historic Mankin Mansion in Richmond, VA

The Grounds

A breathtaking area composed of :

Formal English Gardens
Soothing Water Elements
Grand Lawn Size Chess Set
Raised Bocce Court
Italian Pergola and Brick Benches
A 4,000 sf High Peak Pavilion Tent for large events