The mansion on this 5,000-acre plantation estate was first built in 1802 and acquired at the turn of the 20th century by Thomas Fortune Ryan, a Nelson County native who had become one of the 10 wealthiest men in the nation. He made impressive alterations to the building and grounds-adding a formal Italian garden, rotunda greenhouse and railroad station, among other features. In addition to the impressive house and grounds, Oak Ridge Estates is also available for weddings, meetings, corporate functions and private events. The total meeting spaces range from 700-8,000 sq. ft with maximum seating styles as follows: Classroom-775, Banquet-350, Reception-350 and Theater-775. Meeting spaces are handicapped accessible. Group tours by prior arrangement. For additional information or to make a reservation, contact Heather Goodwin, event coordinator, at 434-263-8676.