What is now The Historic Obici House began as a 1870s farmhouse moved from property on Bay Point Dairy Farm Estate owned by Amedeo Obici to a knoll along side of The Nansemond River in 1925. Mr. Obici, who adopted Suffolk as his hometown after immigrating from Oderzo, Italy when he moved his peanut operation here, then built a 7000 sq. ft. showplace around the original house. He installed magnificent stained glass windows, parquet floors, ornate chandeliers and imported Italian tile. It was on their Estate the diminutive Mr. & Mrs. Obici garnered a reputation for hosting elaborate parties for their family, friends & employees for the next two decades.
After many years of falling into disrepair, The Historic Obici House became a "labor of love" by the Rountree family who have leased both the House and surrounding Sleepy Hole Golf Course from the City of Suffolk. It is through their vision, efforts and dedication that the House will again be the site of many happy gatherings!
Upon climbing the original brick staircase to the front terrace, you will enter through the original heavy wooden door into the welcoming foyer. The Obici Room to the right with it's priceless chandeliers will add the perfect light to your dance floor. To the left you will pass through the Parlor (where many, many a wedding cake has been cut over the years!) to the sunny bar room with pub tables and chairs and into the gracious Dining Room where the Obici's hosted their famous dinner parties. Returning to the foyer, as you climb the staircase to the second floor, you will pass by the amazing stained glass window on the landing and enter into the Suffolk Room. The views of the Nansemond River from high above is truly breathtaking! The upstairs hallway leads past a second bar area as well as the fully renovated "His & Hers" bathrooms into the large Oderzo Room which previously had been the master bedroom & sitting room. From here....as well as from a smaller nearby hallway...you will step out onto to the Terrace. Again, more incredible views of the River as well as the 18th Hole of the surrounding Sleepy Hole Golf Course.
We welcome the opportunity to offer you a tour of the truly unique Historic Obici House and further discuss the event you are planning.