Lillian Gardens, formerly Something Special Events, was built in 1859 and is rich with historical significance.
The Davis family built the beautiful antebellum home just two years before the start of the Civil War. After serving as a makeshift hospital for soldiers during the war, the Davis family sold the home to the Banks family around the turn of the century. The wrap-around front porch, oak floors, stained glass windows, and the beautiful, winding staircase were added to the home at this time. One of the Banks children, Virginia, later married Dr. St. John and lived in the home about 80 years. After their passing, the home was sold to Virginia Davis and her daughter, Martha Sue, who opened a tearoom and named it “Something Special” which enjoyed success for over 3 decades and became a cherished landmark within the Newnan community.
Michael Meyer purchased the home in 1996 and performed major renovations and restorations to the home including the ballroom, music room, and library additions. Mr. Meyer re-opened the home in 1997 as “Something Special Events” and offered event services including weddings, parties, and community affairs. As a Master Gardener, Mr. Meyer also developed the magnificent gardens surrounding the historic home. Restoration on the groom’s suite (the old servants’ quarters) brought Something Special Events the Preservation of Trust Award by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Something Special Events also received the Best Special Events Facility of the Southern Arc Award from the readers of Lifestyle Magazine.
Philip R. Kirby and Ashley Keeley-Bercich, owners of Keeley-Kirby Events LLC, purchased the home in 2016 with the desire to continue offering special event services while preserving a piece of the local history. They incorporated the original name, and Something Special at Lillian Gardens was born. While the exterior property has retained its southern antebellum charm, the interior has been renovated to reflect modern Victorian elegance.