The exquisite gardens are named for Eliza Haywood, the first mistress of Haywood Hall, who was especially fond of roses, hydrangeas and many varieties of bulbs. Cross the brick courtyard and follow the stepping stones to the charming gazebo, the perfect setting for photographs. In the evening the lighted garden with a canopy of trees is truly magical.
As a structured form, the gazebo is as old as garden history. The name is an 18th-century joke word, combining gaze with the Latin suffix ebo, meaning I shall. Eliza’s gazebo allowed guests to gaze out on her marvelous garden. Lucy Williams Haywood (1894-1920) owned Haywood Hall for 26 years and rebuilt the gazebo.
Guests arriving at Haywood Hall enter the Federal-style home from a classical style double front porch through large double doors. The spacious hallway gives access to the gracious main parlor on the right and the welcoming library on the left. The hall continues past the elegant dining room and the original wide wooden stairs to complementary double doors leading to the garden.
The bedrooms are spacious to allow multiple people to help the bride prepare. The rooms reflect Haywood Hall's historic heritage in its architecture, furnishings, and paintings, but they also incorporate modern comfort. The windows allow natural light in as well as light fixtures all around the room
For the bride and her attendants, there is a private spacious modern bathroom with a wall of mirrors, a marble counter, and excellent lighting. For the groom and his groomsmen, there is also a modern private bathroom with modern conveniences.