About emmickplantation

A historic event location on the Ohio river.

2017 Wedding and Event Season

Emmick Plantation House offers a meticulously maintained federal style estate secluded on five acres with lush magnolia trees, weeping willows, and a river-view for a breathtaking  backdrop for weddings and events. Reservations now accepted.

Bride in early sunset at the Emmick Plantation HouseDetails


  • Choice of four ceremony venues on the grounds – River-View, Plantation House, Arbor, or Rustic Barn (indoors)
  • Wedding rehearsal a day or two prior
  • Private dressing quarters for bridal party
  • Professional coordination with your vendors on the wedding day
  • A private tour prior to your day for your photographer to meet us and understand the flow of events & the best for photos

Basic Rates:

  • Friday Evening & Sunday Afternoon/Evening
    • Ceremony: $400
    • Reception: $900
    • Ceremony + Reception: $1,100
  • Saturday
    • Ceremony: $450
    • Reception: $1,000
    • Ceremony and Reception: $1,300

A 50% deposit is required to hold a reservation. Balance is due 10 days prior to wedding.


Emmick Family Plantation

Hello, and welcome to the Emmick Plantation House!


We look forward to hosting your wedding, family reunion, corporate event, or other celebration. Outdoor gatherings are hosted on the riverfront lawn and grounds, and our recently renovated rustic barn is available for indoor events.


The Emmick Plantation House was built in 1854 with bricks made on the property and remains one of the oldest homes in Hancock County.  It was at the Emmick property that Abraham Lincoln was apprehended for illegally ferrying people across the Ohio River (he was later acquitted, of course!).  The house remains a historic state marker #1914.


The home has been held in the Emmick family for nearly all of its existence and was renovated in the 1990′s with care by the late Retha Emmick Newell. Retha’s daughter, Leslie Emmick Kolar, is now devoted to maintaining the memory her mother, as well as the home Retha restored as a labor of love. All Emmick Plantation House productions are dedicated to preserving the history – and promoting the future – of Lewisport.

EPH Preview Event Success!

So far in October, three area newspapers have covered the grand re-opening of the Emmick Plantation House! A big thanks to:

  • The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
  • The Hancock Clarion
  • Perry County newspaper

These mentions yielded an exciting turnout of nearly 50 guests at our October 14th preview event.


Visitors from Indiana, Owensboro and Hawesville,  and neighbors from right here in Lewisport enjoyed coffee and snacks on our brand new river-view patio outside plantation’s Gathering Place coffee and gift shop.



Tours of the house and outbuildings were a lot of fun, and Natasha got all dolled up in her Southern Bell costume! Kate Bell and Logan Emmick were wonderful helpers for the event – we could not have done it without them. Big thanks!


EPH at the Hawesville Steamboat Festival

On Saturday, October 13th, the Emmick Plantation House gang set up shop at the annual Steamboat Festival in Hawesville. With our booth loaded up with brochures, postcards, delicious goodies, EPH cookbooks, we had a great time introducing everyone we met to the EPH story… and hearing some EPH stories from those who had already visited the plantation in years past – the Herb Society, for example, and plenty of Lewisport High School graduates.

We were lucky to be placed near a booth operated by Amish young people selling delicious candies and fried pies, Nanny’s lemonade stand, and a foster family agency selling pulled pork sandwiches. It was a tasty day with gorgeous 80* weather and many a fun conversation!