Looking for a timeless venue to host your special event? The event venues at Living History Farms are unique, conveniently located, and reasonably priced. To get started, fill out a rental interest form.
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 or 330 standing or chairs only, and is available for receptions, meetings, luncheons and dinners from 4:30 pm to midnight May-October and 8 am 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. 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 115 people theater-style or 55 seated 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, 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 130 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. A minimum of three hours rental time is required for weddings, which includes the one hour rehearsal time (4 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 April – 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 beams provide lighting. Modern restrooms are a short walk away. Hard surface parking is available at the Visitor Center.
10 – 8’ banquet tables, 10 – 60” round tables, 11 – 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 with a capacity of 160 seated at tables, or up to 280 standing or chairs only.
The Flynn Mansion, built in 1870 by Martin and Ellen Flynn, is a Victorian Italianate home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During December, these rooms will be decorated for a Victorian Christmas with touches of evergreen, red and gold ribbons and other holiday trimmings.
The elegant formal parlor, gentleman’s library, sitting room, dining room and historic kitchen area will be available during the winter season for event gathering space. Up to 30 guests may be seated at round tables for dinner throughout these rooms or up to 50 guests may socialize for a standing cocktail party. Additional lecture seating between several rooms would easily accommodate 30 to 40 guests for a holiday concert or lecture. A modern catering kitchen is available for your caterer. Due the delicate nature of some historic furnishings, Living History Farms reserves the right to exclude certain menu items, such as red wine.
Consuming alcohol on Living History Farms’ property during our regular operating hours is prohibited (May 1 – mid-October, 9am-4pm). 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.
A 50% deposit is due at the time of your reservation along with a signed contract. Your deposit is applied toward your total bill. A Living History Farms staff member will be on duty during your event.
For a list of preferred caterers please contact our community events manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get started, fill out a rental interest form, or call 515-278-5286 x126 for more information.