About the Rand-Bryan House
My family has owned the property that houses the Rand-Bryan House since the late 1700s when it was acquired as part of a land grant from the King of England. The name of the house helps to highlight this long history. My father’s name was Bryan and his ancestors were Rands . The current Rand-Bryan house has truly been centuries in the making and my family has deep roots in the area.
Over the years, the property has stayed in the family and gone through many changes. The current Greek revival style home that serves as the focal point of the 135 acre farm was built in 1871. During my childhood, the property was a working dairy farm. From 1980 to 2010, the property featured a Christmas tree farm. Many of our wedding guests still have fond memories of visiting the farm, choosing the perfect tree, and cutting it down to take home. Today, the large evergreens and surrounding fields provide the perfect backdrop for storybook weddings.
Growing up in the house was a truly extraordinary experience. Throughout the years, it served as a gathering place and my parents were always welcoming neighbors and family over to celebrate special occasions. I have always associated the house with warmth and celebration, so it felt like a natural next step to turn the house into a special events venue where others could come and create their own memories.
My husband, Robert, and I developed plans and managed the renovation to open for business in 2009 The addition of the sunroom as well as parking and landscaping made the house and grounds suitable for a variety of events. The legacy of the Rand & Bryan families continued as my daughter, Audrey Rand Liles, joined the family business in 2019 as Event Consultant.
We look forward to welcoming you into our family home and helping you create your own fond memories of this special place.
– Martha Bryan Liles
About Martha Bryan Liles, Owner
Martha grew up in Garner and has always been an active member of the community. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and pursued a career in human resources management. In 2009, she helped develop the business plan for the Rand-Bryan House and managed the renovation of the facility and grounds. Currently, she serves as the owner and manager of the property.
Recent awards include: 2010 Capital Area Preservation Annual Anthemion Award, 2013 James Stevens Service to Garner Award, and 2019 Garner Chamber Summit Award.
About Audrey Rand Liles, Event Consultant
Audrey is a Garner native and earned her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. She is an experienced Speech Language Pathologist and currently works as the Event Consultant at the Rand-Bryan House. She is in charge of handling inquiries, providing tours, managing social media, and coordinating event details with both clients and vendors.
“The Rand Bryan house was the perfect choice for our wedding! Martha (the owner) is so friendly and professional, and adds a personal touch to the venue as it was her childhood home. She took a genuine interest in our plans and details, and it is clear that she enjoys all the details that each person brings to every event at her venue. The house is beautiful and meticulously kept indoors and out. Our day turned out to be cold, but there was no problem switching our plans and holding both the ceremony and reception inside. The sunroom was gorgeous even on a cloudy day, and provided wonderful light for photographs. We could not have been more pleased!”