The Orchard House, located just fifteen minutes from Charlotte, began with a love story. William H. Orchard came to the U.S. in 1845 from Cornwall, England at the age of 20. Originally, he settled up North and there met his wife, Elizabeth Fitcher of Yorkshire, Pennsylvania. In 1847, they married and embarked on their journey of love.
The Orchards moved to Concord, NC in 1853. William had been hired to run the Phoenix Gold Mine (now the Green Oaks Golf Course), the second largest mine on the East Coast. The Orchards lived a full life, having 13 children. William served as a Captain for the Confederate Army in the War Between the States. After the war, he was elected to the North Carolina State Assembly in 1878.
The Orchards had a great love for one another and their estate. Today, we carry on the Orchard’s legacy and their love story through each of our bride’s own unique journeys of love.
The Orchard House family is just that, a family. Ray and Kim Hanson are the proprietors of the Estate along with their two daughters, Melissa Duffee and Emily Sim. Each member of this Mom and Daughters Team bring their own unique skill set and love story.
Kim is a Mom to everyone. She brings the love and warmth to each event and every step in the process. She will hold your hand, offer the perfect advice and always bring you laughter. Ray and Kim have been married for 40 beautiful years and bring a wealth of wisdom and direction to the Orchard House.
Melissa Duffee has spent 10 years in retail management and the last 5 planning special events and weddings. She is our creative director and perfects the look of all our events and grounds. Melissa has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 7 years.
Emily Sim is the business brains and baby of our family. She handles all vendors and demands excellence from everyone involved in making your event perfect. Emily has been married over 4 years. Each member of the Orchard family is committed to your love story and the perfection of your Big Day!