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Rental Facilities

flynn barn decorated for a wedding

Photo Credit: Brian Davis, www.briandavisphoto.com

Choose a wedding venue full of character, historic charm, and gorgeous scenery at Living History Farms. Set in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill, the Prairie Gothic-style Church of the Land is perfect for an intimate ceremony, while the Flynn Barn, built in 1870 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, makes a lovely backdrop for a rustic wedding. The Great Hall of the Visitor Center offers a unique space with exposed beams, skylights, brick, inlaid wood, and French doors that open to a stone courtyard surrounded by evergreen trees. Or explore some of our available outdoor spaces, such as the Walnut Hill gazebo, the front porch of the Victorian Flynn Mansion, or scenic wooded areas located throughout the grounds of the museum. We can accommodate 130-160 seated guests, depending on the venue, and your rental includes complimentary set up and tear down of tables and chairs, and free parking for you and your guests.

To get started, fill out a rental interest form.

 


church of the landChurch of the Land

Our “Prairie Gothic” Church is available year-round for weddings, baptisms, music recitals/programs, memorials, and church services. Located in the 1876 town of Walnut Hill, the church seats 130 people in its sanctuary.

You’ll have access to a bridal dressing room, piano, pump organ, sound system, candelabras, hurricane lamps, and pew clips. The church is air-conditioned and heated.

 

Visitor Center decorated for wedding

Photo Credit: Kesling Photography

Visitor Center

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 1876 town of Walnut Hill. The Great Hall’s French doors open to a stone courtyard surrounded by evergreen trees. The Great Hall is available evenings 4:30pm-midnight May-October or throughout the day from November-April. The Visitor Center is perfect for receptions, meetings, retreats, and graduation parties.

The adjoining Celebration Room is ideal for catering displays or for a private retreat that seats 50 people. The room features scenes of Living History Farms on the walls and a built-in 10-foot projector screen.

Details:

8′ banquet tables, 60″ round tables, and maroon chairs, modern catering kitchen, vending machines, restrooms, wireless internet, complimentary parking

 

Flynn BarnFlynn Barn

The Flynn Barn, built in 1871 alongside the stunning Flynn Mansion, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The barn is available to rent evenings from May-October, and at other times by request. The barn doors on the west open wide to 68″ x 61″. Mortise and tenon beams frame the open expanse above the white oak floor.

Electric barn lanterns fixed to the inside perimeter beams provide intimate lighting and modern restrooms are only a short walk away. Hard surface parking is available nearby at the Visitor Center.

The Flynn Barn is idea for dinners, auctions, receptions, dances, graduation parties, and shows.

Details:

8′ banquet tables, 60″ round tables, 70″ round tables, folding chairs, electric barn lanterns

 

Murray Education CenterWilliam G. Murray Education Center

The Murray Education Center is a unique, partially in-ground modern facility for classes, workshops, day retreats, showers, receptions, and reunions. The meeting room 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. The space also includes a lobby or registration area, a restroom, and a modern catering kitchen with commercial refrigerator and freezer, stove, and microwave.

The Education Center is not available from June-August due to Day Camp activities.

Details:

6’x18″ tables, stacking chairs, 8′ banquet tables, easels, portable projection screen, modern catering kitchen, restrooms, wireless internet

 

Picnic ShelterPicnic Shelter

The picnic shelter is located in a wooded area near the 1876 town of Walnut Hill. The 30’x45′ open-air shelter includes electricity and picnic table seating for up to 200. You will find modern restrooms, water and an outdoor stage nearby. It is available for rental May-October during our regular season, and can be reserved other dates by request.

 

Flynn Mansion porch

Walnut Hill Gazebo & Flynn Mansion Porch

There are many outdoor options across our 500 acres that can serve as the ideal setting for your wedding. Popular choices include our Walnut Hill Gazebo and the front steps of the Victorian Flynn Mansion. We encourage you to tour the grounds with our knowledgeable staff to find the perfect spot to say, “I do!”.

 


Walnut Hill Gazebo

General Information

  • Download our Rental Venue Guide.
  • Property-wide rentals are available by special request.
  • A non-refundable 50% deposit is due with your signed rental contract. Your deposit will be applied toward your total bill.
  • A Living History Farms staff member will be on duty during your event
  • Rental fees include the setup and tear down of tables and chairs in each space, as well as trash removal.

 

Discounts

10% off for Living History Farms Members

 

Food & Beverage Info

  • If you wish to serve food at your event, you may choose from our list of exclusive caterers. Contact our Community Events Manager for a current list at rentals@LHF.org or (515)278-5286 ext. 126.
  • Consuming alcohol on Living History Farms’ property during our regular operating hours (9am-4pm) from May 1 through October is prohibited. Outside of those hours, renters may offer bar service through a professional caterer, or the rental party must furnish a Certificate of Insurance naming Living History Farms as an additional insured, with respect to their general liability insurance.

 

Contact Information

To get started, please fill out a rental interest form, email us at rentals@lhf.org, or call (515)278-5286 ext. 126.