Looking for an exceptional meeting place that has all the amenities? The rental facilities at Living History Farms are unique, conveniently located and reasonably priced. To get started, fill out a rental interest form, or download a brochure.
Including the Great Hall and Celebration Room
Spacious, airy and open, the Great Hall in the Visitor Center at Living History Farms features exposed beams, skylights, brick, inlaid wood and windows looking out to the 1875 town of Walnut Hill. The Great Hall's French doors open to a stone courtyard surrounded by evergreen trees. The Great Hall and Gallery holds 150 people seated with tables, 180 standing and is available for receptions, meetings, luncheons and dinners from 5:30 p.m. to midnight May-October and 8 a.m. to midnight November-April.
The adjoining Celebration Room is a private retreat that seats 50 people. Scenes of Living History Farms are featured in the room and a 10-foot projector screen is built in. Wireless internet is available.
Ten 8 foot banquet tables, sixteen 60” round tables, and 150 dark burgundy stacking chairs are included. A modern catering kitchen with stove, microwave, commercial refrigerator and freezer is available for renter or caterer use. Catering is open. No additional kitchen fees. Vending machines, restrooms, and plenty of paved parking complete the site.
Available for rent from September until mid-May, the Murray Conference Center is a unique, partially in-ground modern facility for business meetings, planning sessions, day retreats, luncheons, receptions and reunions. The Meeting Room can seat up to 75 people theater-style and 50 at tables and features a vaulted ceiling with a wall of southern windows. The spacious balcony overlooks a peaceful farm pond where deer, ducks and Canadian geese often gather. Also on the main level are a lobby/registration area, a restroom, and a modern catering kitchen with commercial refrigerator and freezer, stove and microwave.
The conference center includes eighteen 72” x 18” tables, 85 chairs, three 8’ banquet tables, two easels, a portable projection screen, stereo for tapes and CD’s, and a television with a DVD/VCR player. Wireless internet is available. The Conference Center is not available in summer months due to day camp activities.
A perfect place for company picnics and barbeques, the shelter is located in a wooded area near the 1875 town of Walnut Hill. The 30' x 45' open-air shelter includes electricity and picnic table seating for up to 200. Modern restrooms, water and outdoor stage are nearby. The shelter area is designed for any size group from 50 to 200 people. A special package has been developed for your daytime event, including admission to Living History Farms, fun historical game equipment, access to a stage (with electricity), and 5 acres of shaded lawn.
Our "Prairie Gothic" Church is available year-round for weddings, baptisms, music recitals/programs, and church services. Located in the 1875 town of Walnut Hill, the church seats 150 people in its sanctuary. Bridal dressing room, piano, pump organ, CD player, candelabras, hurricane lamps, and pew clips are included. The church is air-conditioned and heated. The basement reception room for 60 people includes kitchen facilities with stove, refrigerator, ice maker, coffee maker, 11 tables and 60 chairs. A minimum of five hours rental time is required for weddings, which includes the one hour rehearsal time (6 hours total). No alcohol is allowed in the church.
The Flynn Barn, built in 1871, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Flynn Barn is available to rent evenings from May – October. The barn doors on the west open wide to 68’ x 61”. Mortise and tenon beams frame the open beamed expanse above the white oak floor.
Electric barn lanterns fixed to the inside perimeter [Inside Flynn Barn] beams provide lighting. Modern restrooms are a short walk away. Hard surface parking is available at the Visitor Center. Three 8’ banquet tables, 10 - 60” round tables, 10 - 70” round tables and 200 plastic folding chairs are available for your set up and use. The Flynn Barn is ideal for dinners, auctions, receptions, dances and shows for up to 200 people.
Consuming alcohol on Living History Farms’ property during our regular operating hours is prohibited (May 1 - October 15, 9am-5pm). The organization or person renting Living History Farms’ facilities must furnish a Certificate of Insurance naming Living History Farms as additional insured with respect to their general liability insurance. Caterers must have an alcohol insurance and caterer agreement on file with Living History Farms.
A deposit is due within two weeks of making your reservation. Your deposit is applied toward your total bill. Any caterer is welcome. A Living History Farms staff member will be on duty during your event.
Click here to fill out a rental interest form, or call 515-278-5286 for more information.