We had the pleasure, recently, to visit another venue close by. This time it was The Peacock Inn in Newton, N.C. It's a great location on the southern end of Newton. The main building also serves as a B&B.
There's a beautiful hall that would work great for receptions or indoor ceremonies. Refreshments are easy to access though the back.
Back outside, there's a fantastic area for an outdoor ceremony. There's plenty of area to set a few hundred guests and this beautiful gazebo for the ceremony itself. Farther down in the property are several other, versatile buildings that can be used for a variety of functions.
If you're looking for a venue in the Hickory/Newton area, this is definitely one to check out. Of course we'd suggest it for weddings, but it's versatile enough for a variety of functions. Check out their website at http://catawbafarms.com/peacock.html