Rental of the Sexton's House

A fee of $250 is charged for a two-hour reception. This fee includes access one hour before (for setup) and thirty minutes after the reception (for cleanup).

The Sexton's House, an historic 19th-century house, is available for event rental in the heart of Athens.
The Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery invite you to host your next event at the Sexton's House, located adjacent to the University of Georgia and only minutes from downtown Athens.

The Sexton's House is available for hosting friends and family prior to and after interments. 
In response to numerous requests, the Sexton's House is available for rental for functions other than those related to Oconee Hill Cemetery. It is a lovely setting for family reunions, showers, teas, birthday or bridal luncheons, club or board meetings, and small receptions. With ample parking, the location is perfect for entertaining with its three parlors, dining room and center hall. Period furnishings add elegance to any event.

The wrap-around porches provide additional space for guests. The catering kitchen has a microwave oven and a commercial-size refrigerator with generous work space.

Available for rental seven days a week from 8 am until 6 pm in the summer and until 5 pm in the winter. The house and restrooms are wheel-chair accessible.

For information about reserving the Sexton's House, please contact the cemetery's sexton at 706.543.6262 or

Guidelines for Use of the House

  • When using the house, please remember that much of the furniture is antique and care must be used to protect it.
  • Smoking and the use of any open flame, including candles or a grill, are strictly prohibited throughout the house and on all porches.
  • The kitchen has a microwave oven and commercial refrigerator. No ovens for cooking are in the property.
  • Ice, serving dishes and utensils, and supplies for cleanup must be provided by the caterers or persons renting the house; these items also include paper towels and trash bags.
  • All excess food must be removed from the kitchen, and all refuse must be removed from the premises.
  • A padded protective mat is provided for the reception table in the dining room and must be in use during the event. A white tablecloth is provided as well.
  • Any surfaces in the house may be used for flowers, food, or beverages. However, mats and or tablecloths must be placed on the surfaces of all pieces of furniture to protect them from damage. Keep in mind that much of the furniture is antique.
  • Equipment failure, maintenance issues, or breakage should be reported to the docent on duty.