Your Rental Includes
- Access to the Barn & the Carriage House from Friday morning to Sunday at noon.
- Complimentary two-night stay in Heritage House.
- 20 Round tables which can seat 6-8. Chairs will need to be rented from a 3rd party.
- 4 Rectangle Tables for food service.
- 1 wooden conference table for gifts, hors d’oeuvres, or cake.
- 1 antique doctor’s carriage.
- 1 rolling drink bar, manufactured from materials recovered during the barn restoration.
- Installed warm white icicle and single-strand LED lights.
- Air Conditioning in both the barn and the house.
- The rental fee for all of this is $2,500 for 2021 and $2750 for 2022.
Additional nights in the house are available at $250 each.
Located only two miles from Nashville, the barn sits on a five-acre lot with plenty of free parking available.
The barn is a blank slate, with only white twinkle lights on the beams, so the Barn can be decorated however you wish!
150 people can be seated comfortably in the main hall with room for a dance floor in the main area of the barn.
The back hall can be used for a buffet/food/ catering area. It is closed off from the main hall and can be entered from the Barn or through the back doors. The back entrance is right off the driveway so that your vendors can use this entrance to set up your food.
Unfortunately, there is no catering available on site, but that means that you hire whomever you wish! We don’t require you to use anyone specific! However, if you are not from the area, we would be happy to make some recommendations. If you choose to have alcohol, we strongly advise getting a licensed bartender and getting an event insurance policy to protect yourselves.
The barn, food service area, and restrooms are all handicap accessible.
The Carriage House
In addition to the space inside the Barn, there is a separate building out front that can be used as your beverage area, photo booth, or food reception line. This is where you will find the antique doctor’s carriage.
Heritage House is a restored, two-story farmhouse. There are three bedrooms with queen-sized beds and a full-size pull-out couch on the main level. The house is completely furnished and includes two full kitchens, one on each level. It also includes the use of a 6 person hot tub.
Though complimentary with your rental, you may rent it longer if you wish. Renting the house for an extra night is a great way for family members, or the wedding party, to be able to stay on the property to help with setup and breakdown. There are also two hotels located within a mile that can also help to lodge any of your out-of-town guests.
The Barn at Heritage House is a lovingly restored, timber pegged, open beamed barn originally built in 1853 by our ancestor, Samuel McLary, who is the man depicted in the mural on the men’s restroom wall. His daughter, and Cathy’s grandmother, Mary, is depicted on the wall of the women’s restroom. (Both murals were painted by Rebecca Pico of Athens, TN.)
This home was built by Samuel in 1880, before our grandmother Mary was born. Our grandmother grew up here, until she married William Mathis and later moved further down the creek to another part of the farm and raised her eleven children; most of whom remained in Brown County. Our father lived here as a teenager and Cathy lived here until she was six. The house was left to our grandmother when our great-grandfather died. It has since been passed on through the generations until it was sold out of the family.
Many of the black and white photographs throughout the home are copies of our family pictures, taken right here in Brown County, by Frank M. Hoenberger in the 20’s – 40’s. His entire collection was donated to Indiana University and is available for viewing at the Lilly Library on campus.
In 1998, we were able to purchase the home back and give it a full restoration. It truly was a labor of love to recapture the memories we had of living here in our youth. Each year the descendents of William (1873-1932) and Mary A. (McClary) (1880-1961) Mathis still gather amidst the splendor of October in Brown County to continue the tradition.
We are the 4th generation of our family to own the property on which the house and barn sit. We believe that family is one of the most important things in life and are glad that we can share our heritage with yours.