Gladewater Ranch, an iconic 1970s-style estate on 140 acres, recently opened to the public as an upscale event venue.

Gladewater Ranch was formerly called Phillip’s House. The property was previously owned by oilman Jack Phillips, who held grand private events at the ranch throughout the years, according to Kim Matthews, Gladewater Ranch corporate property manager.

“We are pleased to open this estate up to the public. In the past the property was only enjoyed by guests of the residence. The property is stunning,” she said. “Over the past nine months, there have been slight renovations, but the overall essence of the property is iconic 1970s.

“Guests will step back in time with padded and textured walls, grand fireplaces and brick and wood flooring,” Matthews said. “Although the venue just opened as a formal venue, there have been hundreds of events at the property since the ‘70s.”

Matthews said the versatility of the property with outdoor and indoor functions along with the vibe of the venue can easily go from farm and ranch, park and garden to historical and traditional.

“The facility boasts a grand ceremony room with views of the sprawling landscape and tree-lined creek. Our reception area has full-length windows and doors that open up to the garden patio for indoor outdoor themes,” she said. “The majestic lawns are perfect for any large outdoor events from weddings to craft shows and everything in between.

“We also cater to the equine community with a horse arena that includes 50 stalls,” Matthews added.

A creek runs directly next to the venue with the overall property backing up to Lake Gladewater.

“We have chosen a theme of Gladewater Music History since Gladewater has such a grand connection with Elvis, Johnny Cash and more,” Matthews said. “Guests will notice rooms dedicated to Elvis, John Cash and Carl Perkins.”

Gladewater Ranch is at 2000 West Gay Avenue and can be reached at (903) 292-4040.

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Multimedia journalist Jessica Payne covers several counties in East Texas. In 2011, she left her hometown Houston for East Texas. In 2016, she left the 9-5 office routine to pursue a passion for sharing inspiring stories and engaging with the community.