The Skinner Barn & The Hemenway BARN

Our stunning 19th century post and beam Skinner Yellow Barn was meticulously restored in 2015. It is a museum-quality example of historic agricultural architecture, yet is thoroughly modernized for hosting your perfect party. This custom built open space is designed to capture the essential elements of successful entertaining and to inspire you and your guests to experience the magic of the moment.

The original exposed beams, hand wrought chandeliers with alabaster candles, and impressive windows with views of the big sky will transport you to your best creative self.

Every piece of the old Skinner barn was used to create this rustic beauty—even the bathroom walls are from the antique red barn wood. It is a labor of love for a celebration of love.

The Yellow Barn can accommodate 200 of your favorite people. It features 4,000 square feet of indoor space with 33 foot cathedral ceilings, a rustic cowboy bar, a hayloft lounge, and a full catering kitchen. The barn is fully heated and air conditioned. The 12 foot windowed barn doors open onto a sprawling slate patio with views of High Ridge. The patio leads you to a second adjacent reclaimed barn, the Pavilion, open on four sides to bring the outside in. 

Our Barn Pavilion, The Hemenway Barn, is the perfect venue for acoustic music & dancing. It was built on a nearby farm and moved—beam by beam—to take advantage of our big sky view.  The Barn Pavilion is a furnished seasonal space used for ceremonies, acoustic music, cocktails or hanging out. It is adjacent to the Yellow Barn joined by a beautiful slate patio.

Dinner and dancing can be inside or outside, as you like. We have plenty of entertaining options—dress it up or down...fancy, rustic, or both!

The word we most often hear is MAGICAL.

 

HEMENWAY FAMILY BARN aka "the pavilion" 

The Hemenway Family was moved from down the road to preserve it. It stood on the Hemenway Farm from before 1771 to the present.

" The Hemenway Barn was built by Ichabod III came from Framingham before the District was erected, c. 1770. 

His generation American farmers called themselves, yeoman. His progeny called themselves husbandmen then farmers. All were necessarily engaged in an agrarian pursuit. Even the merchant, doctor and clergyman forked hay in before and dung out from behind the horse he hope to get around on. Some farmers saw an economic advantage in enlarging their dairy practices, making butter and cheese for export to the city dwellers. Even in the 1700s, tons of these products were going out of Williamsburg.

Elijah, stayed on the farm all his life and kept a herd of 20 milch cows."

Ralmon Jon Black Historical Society 65 Goshen Road Williamsburg, MA 

Our 13,000 sq. ft. patio connects the two repurposed barns. 

Rustic handmade benches, high-top tables and a handmade stone bonfire pit pay tribute to the farm esthetic. 

The farm offers our Revelry Rock and our Tree of Life alias "the hickory" as ceremony sites, though the fruit orchard, horse barn or any other spot that beckons you is yours for the choosing. 

We have a wealth of experience throwing beautiful parties and are extremely generous with our farm and time to help make your dreams come true. We have guidelines to insure everyone's safety and preserve the farm’s beauty, but we want you to feel at home and have your time at the farm be a beginning of a long relationship with the farm. 

You will have an opportunity to help plant your own apple tree to connect you to the farm and to us as friends. Our friends are always welcome to come picnic, pick fruit, or help bale hay! 

 

The Sugar House

 

Our hand built stone Sugar House welcomes your guests as they arrive. With a 200 year old natural slate roof and locally sourced stone walls it is simply ART. Barns are not built like this anymore, each stone cut and placed with many hands. It is a perfect get ready/hide out and also a place where you can throw an after party that will not be forgotten. This building is built to last hundreds of years and is the only Stone Cider Barn of its kind. It is designed to look like the original milking barn that sat in its place in 1848.

 


Whats included

What’s Included:

We want you to feel at home and relaxed, so we allow guests to spend the day/night or weekend and we do not nickle and dime you (like my grandfather used to say).  There are no hidden fees! Everything is inclusive except lodging which is optional. The farm is certainly beautiful on it's own, but our staff will make sure you feel the warm welcome and generosity of spirit that is our culture. 

  • Full use of entire farm
  • Two Antique Barns connected by a 13,000 square foot patio
  • Hand built stone Sugar House
  • Full use of high end new catering kitchen. 
  • Four restrooms, including a handicap bathroom ( I am most proud of the restrooms all hand built to echo the rustic barn wood design).
  • Rustic indoor bar with 4 taps and refrigeration. Second outdoor portable bar. Top of the line bulk ice maker. 
  • Get ready suite/hay loft hang out space.
  • Internet service 
  • Electrical 120V (even on highest barn beams) for music, decoration, etc.
  • Handmade fire pit and firewood. 
  • Wedding birch arbor for ceremony; location of your choice.
  • Lighted parking lot with 100 spaces and overflow field parking. Four handicap parking spaces managed by farm staff.
  • Twenty handmade farm tables (eight foot, seats 10-12), 200 wooden cross back chairs, 20 cushions upon request. Antique chairs with arms upon request for seniors. 
  • Rustic 8 foot barn beam benches for outdoor ceremony to be set up in location of your choice and 10 Adirondack chairs and fire pit. Sweetheart table, cake table, gift table, 4 high-top farm cocktail tables.
  • Pick your own sun flowers in season.
  • Golf cart for senior transportation. 
  • Decorations i.e. wagon wheels, wine barrels, barn board signs, slate table numbers, shepherd hooks and antique canning jars, hay wagon, and some string lights (need security deposit), antique barn doors, tin sap buckets, antique windows. 
  • Arrangements can be made to have wedding photos taken anywhere on the farm. The Mill River, ponds, flower and pumpkin fields, orchard, horse barn make lovely spots for photos. 

Optional Additional Charges: 

  • Rental of entire historic rustic "Farmhouse" sleeps 14; two shared bathrooms, kitchen. $850.00 (contract separate)
  • Rental of private residence "Apple House" sleeps eight. Two shared bathrooms.  $850.00 (contract separate)
  • Winery: open until 6-11PM (our winery is a cash bar by the glass)
  • A $500 fee for camping overnight for a limited number of guests is possible (designated camping area)
  • Farm grown fruits and vegetables, flowers, pumpkins, hay, etc. 
  • Farm gifts available for purchase, i.e. maple syrup, maple candy. Pick your own apples, peaches, blueberries, flowers for guests. 
  • Draft horse pulled Vis a Vis carriage or hay wagon rides.
  • Extra firewood.