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Dining Options and Hours


Open Year-Round Seasonal Schedule
Weekly Menu Specials | Special Dinners | Private Dining Options

After Labor Day: we have reverted to off-season schedule: Lake Box take out is discontinued,
buffet Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch; dining room hours Thu - Sat 5 - 8pm

Menu Service
Click here for menu.
Reservations are recommended;
please call ahead for parties larger than 6.

Dining Room Arrival Times
Thu - Sat: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Country Buffet
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Buffet Wing Arrival Times
Saturday: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Lake Box Take Out

Discontinued After Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 23, 2023

Details will be posted closer to the date.


We also offer private-party dining in the front parlor rooms,
perfect for special occasions. Contact us for details.

Our Food and Menu

Our dinner menu is seasonal and offers entrees that include beef, pork, chicken, seafood and pasta. Our signature Fried Chicken is available year-round. Most entrees includes two sides. All entrees are cooked to order and will take time. We also feature homemade dinner rolls. We invite you to relax and enjoy conversation with an appetizer and the ambience of the Kennon House, while we prepare your dinner — just for you. We offer a variety of wines to choose from including Rosemont (local Lake Gaston winery), beer, and mixed drinks.

As of April 2023, we are excited and fortunate to announce that Mary Beth Bowen (Beth), a native of Emporia, VA with decades of culinary experience, has returned to Emporia to be near family and joined our team as Head Chef. As the Kennon House menu evolves, be assured it will be balanced with keeping the favorite classics like our Fried Chicken with new options under the culinary leadership of Chef Beth.

Starting May 3, 2023 we are happy to offer a new take out service: Lake Box Take Out. This service is available Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This is offered late Spring - Labor Day.

Starting July 12, 2023, we have added back Wednesday dinner. This may be discontinued after Labor Day weekend.

Starting July 14, 2023, we have added Friday dinner buffet through Labor Day weekend.

All pricing and menus are available on the Menu page.

View our dinner menu for detailed descriptions and prices. We may also offer weekly dinner specials not on the menu.

About the Kennon House

Located in a historic landmark (the Mud House built in 1792), the Kennon House is a Lake Gaston destination and outstanding dining experience featuring upscale comfort food with a special flair. Managing Owner, Dennis Monds, Chef Beth, and staff will extend a warm welcome.

You may choose to dine in our Red Room for menu service that features a more intimate setting with soft lighting and white table linens or in a more casual buffet room accented with a huge fireplace that is open on weekends and when we host a Special Buffet for Easter Sunday, Mother's Day, and Thanksgiving. We also have a take-out and bar area.

The Kennon House can accommodate larger groups in private dining areas upon special request; please call ahead to arrange. Also if you are thinking of visiting during busy seasonal weekends, We recommend that you call ahead for reservations.

When you visit, be sure to learn about the history of the Kennon House. We love to share the story and proud to be part of its legacy!

Last updated 11/03/2023
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