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The Pine House

Learn the history behind this historic home built in the 1840s

 Welcome to The Pine House, a historic home in Trenton, SC built in the 1840s. Bart and Lisa Hankal, owners of The Pine House and Hankal Events, are a husband-and-wife team that have lovingly revitalized this beautiful home into a wedding venue while still keeping the history of the home intact.

  Over the past five years, Lisa has dreamt of owning her own wedding venue. “I wanted to take my wedding business to the next level. I’ve always passed by The Pine House when traveling and thought it was so beautiful. When it was listed for sale, I knew I wanted to purchase it. The Lord opened all the doors and now here we are, venue owners,” says Lisa.

  As a wedding planner, Lisa has been making bride’s dreams come true for the past ten years.  “I’m a mom of two boys; wedding planning is how I get my girl fix,” she shares. “I absolutely love what I do! I love the details and seeing it all come together. I love the bonds and friendships that I get to make with all of my brides and their families. I just enjoy the entire process. I don’t think you could do anything like this if you didn’t enjoy it,” says Lisa.

  “It was important to us to keep the integrity of the house. We didn’t want to change anything about it. It's absolutely beautiful and packed full of history,” says Lisa. 

  Upon arriving at The Pine House, the first thing you will see is that the property is surrounded by peach and magnolia trees. “The peach trees look like cotton candy all around the house in the Spring and in the Fall the transition is absolutely gorgeous,” says Lisa. The front of the house, with six grand columns is where most ceremonies will take place. There is a beautiful herringbone brick aisle, a balcony that overlooks the property, and red glass panes surround the front door that were etched in Venice. When entering the main hall of  The Pine House, you are greeted with a grand staircase, beautiful heart pine floors, and elegant chandeliers. On the main floor, there are three spacious rooms and a large prep kitchen. Tables and chairs can be set up inside for guests and in the main hall, a large ornate mirror hanging over an antique buffet is the perfect location for the wedding cake to be placed. 

  The entire upstairs is reserved for the bride and her bridesmaids. The bride's dressing room is surrounded by elegant mirrors and offers substantial natural light perfect for getting ready. The bride has a king suite for her and the groom on wedding night and two additional bedrooms for bridesmaids. “Upstairs in each of the bedrooms, I decided to choose all white furniture because it feels very bridal to me. I love that the girls have the entire upper floor to themselves,” says Lisa.

  “The Little Pine House will be for the guys,” says Lisa. It also has three bedrooms, a game room, kitchen, and the Washington Room. Lisa wanted to incorporate elements of history in The Little Pine House while she was decorating. The Washington Room, named after George Washington, is painted a patriotic blue, has a leather seating area, a canvas of George Washington as well as a photo of the Daughters of the Revolution representing his visit. “We decided to add a little bit of history into that room because of the significance of George Washington coming through to visit The Pine House tavern in the mid 1700s,” says Lisa. In the game room, there is a pool table, 65” flat screen tv, and a built-in wet bar.

We would like to congratulate Bart and Lisa Hankal on their new journey and we cannot wait to see what’s in store for them! The Pine House can accommodate both small and large weddings and other special events. If you’d like to schedule a tour, please visit thepinehousetrentonsc.com or call 706-830-2954. Follow The Pine House on Facebook and Instagram at @thepinehouse.trentonsc.

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