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Palmetto Collegiate Institute

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The Palmetto Collegiate Institute and Leonard L. Price Gardens provide a beautiful location for parties and wedding receptions. The renovated building was a school from 1881 until 1911 and then served as a private residence. The Town of Lexington restored the building and held its grand opening in 2008.

Pricing (Effective July 1st, 2023)

Group / Residence StatusRentalDeposit
(Residents / Business)
(Residents / Business)
Non-Profit Status
(Must provide 501c3 documentation)

Palmetto Collegiate Institute Rental Details 

(150 Maximum Capacity)


  • (17) – 60” Round Tables
  • (9) – 6’ Rectangular Tables
  • (6) – 8’ Rectangular Tables
  • (10) – 24” Cocktail Tables : can be set for 36” or 42”  
  • (120) – White wedding chairs
  • If lessee requires any additional tables and chairs they must be rented independently through an outside rental company
  • If lessee requires a tent on the lawn or any additional decorations they must be rented independently through an outside rental company


  • Each Lessee renting Town facilities will appoint one person to be responsible for making arrangements. The appointed person will be issued a key by town staff the day before the event.
  • During the key exchange, instructions will be given on where to return the keys by the following Monday morning at 8:00am.
  • Each weekend rental will be available from Friday morning until Monday morning at 8:00 a.m.
  • Rental agreement is only for one event on specified date and time. If more than one event is being held, additional fees and rental agreements are required. 


  • In order to reserve the meeting space, a signed rental agreement and a payment of ½ of the rental fee are required. 
  • The remaining rental fee and deposit must be paid thirty (30) days prior to the event.
  • Refundable deposits will be returned 5-7 business days after the event upon satisfactory inspection by the Town.
  • Applicants canceling reservation more than thirty (30) days in advance of event will receive a refund of fee paid and security deposit. Cancellations made less than thirty (30) days in advance will result in loss of security deposit. 



  • Decorations are limited to free-standing displays or floral arrangements
  • Hanging or applying anything to walls, ceiling or other surfaces is not permitted
  • The following items are prohibited:
    1. Candles and any other open flame
    2. Smoke machines
    3. Confetti, rice & glitter are not permitted inside or outside


  • Lessee may choose their own caterer
  • If the caterer has not worked a function at the Lexington Municipal Complex, a scheduled appointment is required in order to review policies
  • All vendors and caterers must have a current Town of Lexington Business License to operate at Town facilities or anywhere inside the Town limits. The licenses must be provided at least 30 days prior to event


  • If alcohol is to be served, Town approval is required in advance
  • Lessee must provide a certificate of insurance for the event and a $1 million liability coverage is required


  • Lessee is responsible for cleanup, removal of temporary decorations, and leaving the inside and outside of property as it was at key exchange
  • Chairs and tables must be properly placed back in appropriate storage room
  • Additional responsibilities are outlined in rental agreement