NEW KENT-Described as a premier historic wedding and special event venue, The Ordinary of New Kent anticipates opening its doors by Friday, December 10. Originally slated to open Wednesday, December 1, co-owner Pamela “Pam” Radwani said they’re working out a few kinks before the final inspection.
Jonathan “Jon” Kinney, a lawyer based out of Arlington, purchased the property about five years ago. He reached out to Radwani, a longtime resident of the area and member of New Kent Historical Committee, regarding a partnership.
Radwani’s ancestors have resided in New Kent County since the 1600s. After retiring from Virginia Commonwealth University, she worked as the director of marketing and sales for The Cumberland Plantation and Burlington Plantation. “This is like home to me,” said Radwani. “I played on the property as a child when a friend of mine lived here.”
Rich in history, “The Ordinary of New Kent” was built by Colonial William Bassett in 1692 and later became known as Warren’s Tavern. George Washington is said to have visited the ordinary many times during the Revolutionary War while General George B. McClellan used the property as a communications headquarters during the Civil War.
The current owners have been renovating the special event venue for the past few years. The establishment had served as a private residence prior to Kinney’s purchase of the property. Radwani said that the venue’s first wedding is scheduled for May 21, 2022.
“What makes us unique is that wedding guests won’t have to search for a hotel if they’re traveling from out of town,” said Radwani. The establishment currently offers five bedrooms with private bathrooms in the main house, along with separate bridal and groomsmen cottages.
The Ordinary of New Kent is located at 12000 New Kent Highway, New Kent. The venue can accommodate up to 150 guests inside the facility and 250 people for outdoor events. For more information, please call (804) 557-5778 or click here.