Barkley House Events

A pictures of the side yard at the Barkley House

Barkley House is one of the oldest masonry houses in Florida and the last remaining early 19th century example of a High House in Pensacola. George Barkley, a successful Pensacola merchant, built the house between 1825 and 1830 from bricks salvaged from Pensacola’s British fortifications. The Barkley family lived in the house through the 1950s. Today it is an integral piece of Historic Pensacola Village, part of the University of West Florida Historic Trust. Because of its beautiful grounds and spectacular view, it is a popular venue for outdoor weddings and receptions. 

Pricing:

DayAvailabilityStandard Price
Monday - Thursday
(5-hour booking)
Anytime $880.00, plus tax
Friday - Sunday
(8-hour booking)
Anytime $2,100.00, plus tax
NEW Interior Only Rate
(4-hour booking)
Sunday-Thursday $500.00, plus tax

*All bookings include a refundable $250.00 security deposit due one month prior to the event. This is in addition to the rental fee listed above. 

**Insurance is required for all events at all UWF Historic Trust properties. 

  • What is the Interior Only Rate?

    We are now offering a special rate for events inside the Barkley House. This rate is perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, engagement parties, birthday parties, retirement celebrations, cocktail receptions, and intimate dinners. This rate includes the use of the first floor of the house and the porches. Interior only events may not set-up outside on the grounds. Additionally, please note that items including tents may be set-up on the grounds from events happening the day before. These items may not be used for interior only events. 

  • How can we pay the rental fee and when is it due?

    Once the Event Coordinator has received a completed rental agreement, they will contact you about making payments. The first half of the rental fee plus tax is due once the rental agreement has been received. The remaining half of the rental fee plus the $250.00 refundable security deposit is due one month prior to the event. Payments can be made with a credit card or by check. The Event Coordinator will provide additional payment instructions after the rental agreement has been received.

  • What does the security deposit cover and is it refundable?

    A $250.00 security deposit is required for all UWF Historic Trust venues and it is due one month prior to the event. The security deposit will be refunded after the event provided no damages have occurred, the venue is left clean and in acceptable condition, and time limits are not exceeded. An invoice will be sent following the event in the case that damages, cleaning fees, or additional hours exceed $250.

  • Do we need to obtain event insurance?

    Yes, for each venue that is rented, liability insurance must be provided to cover major damages that may happen during the event. This type of insurance can be purchased from many different insurance companies. Proof of insurance must be submitted to the Event Coordinator at historicevents@uwf.edu at least one month prior to the event. Additional information on the insurance requirements can be found in the rental agreement. 

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    The 50% initial payment – less a $150.00 administration fee – is refundable should you cancel your reservation with a written notice via email to historicevents@uwf.edu at least six months prior to your scheduled event. Cancellation request submitted less than six months prior to the event will not be refunded. Venue rentals are not transferable to other venues or dates.  

 

Capacity: 

The Barkley House can accommodate 50-200 people depending on how you use the space. The interior space can accommodate up to 50 guests for standing cocktail reception or 30 guests for seated function. The exterior space can easily accommodate 200 or more guests. Tables and chairs are available for up to 175 guests. 

Rental Period:

The Barkley House can be rented for a five-hour time block Monday through Thursday and for an eight hour time block Friday through Sunday. For weddings, 1 hour can be used for a rehearsal the day before or a few days before and the other four or seven hours for the ceremony. If available, additional time can be added to the rental for $100.00 per hour.

Equipment:

Booking includes the use of (175) white chairs, (12) five-foot round tables, (12) six-foot rectangular tables, (12) eight-foot rectangular tables, and (5) cocktail tables. Linens are not provided.

The catering prep area includes a refrigerator, ice machine, warming oven and prep sink, but no stove, oven or microwave. Cooking is not permitted inside the facility.

Tents:

Tents are not provided by the UWF Historic Trust. Staking is not permitted. Tents may be secured with water barrels or cement blocks. Written approval from the Event Coordinator at historicevents@uwf.edu is required if tents need to be set-up on the property outside of the rental time. 

Please review the FAQs on the Historic Venues page for more information. 

Booking and Contact Information:

For booking information or to schedule a site visit, please contact our Event Coordinator:

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Availability: 

  • Barkley House Rental Availability Calendar

    Below is the Barkely House rental availability calendar. The current rental period ends on December 31, 2023. The rental calendar for 2024 will open in January 2023. The calendar view for any dates after 2023 is not accurate and should not be used for planning events.

    *Please note, most Sunday availability will be for interior only rentals.

    **Dates are not held without a completed rental agreement and initial payment. Please contact us at historicevents@uwf.edu to confirm availability and the start the reservation process. 

 

Photos of the Barkley House:

A photo of a bride and groom on the large stair case at the Barkley House. A photo of a horse and carriage and a bride in groom at the Barkley House.

The interior of the Barkley House