Looking for a timeless venue to host your special event? The facilities at Living History Farms provide an elegant and rustic setting for your special day. Host your event at one of the beautiful and unique venues in our 500 acre living history museum. Give your guests a glimpse of the past while enjoying modern amenities. To get started, fill out a rental interest form.
Peruse our Event Venue Guide for details on each of our unique venues available for your special event.
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.
A bridal dressing room, piano, pump organ, sound system, 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).
We also offer a special Rise and Shine Wedding option for couples looking for a unique and affordable ceremony alternative, which grants the couple access to the Church for three hours any day before noon.
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 April-November. 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 intimate lighting and modern restrooms are only a short walk away. Hard surface parking is made available at the Visitor Center.
8′ banquet tables, 60″ round tables, 70″ round tables, and black 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.
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 holds 156 people seated with tables, or 330 standing or chairs only, and is available for receptions, meetings, graduation parties, and dinners from 4:30pm to midnight May-October and 8am to midnight November-April.
The adjoining Celebration Room is ideal for catering displays or for 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.
8′ banquet tables, 60″ round tables, and 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.
The Murray Education Center is a unique, partially in-ground modern facility for classes, workshops, day retreats, showers, 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 education center includes several 72″x18″ tables, stacking chairs, 8′ banquet tables, easels, and a portable projection screen. Wireless internet is available.
The Education Center is not available in the summer months due to day camp activities. (Dates available to rent: late August-May)
A perfect place for company picnics and family reunions, the shelter is located in a wooded area near the 1876 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 an outdoor stage are nearby. The shelter area is designed for any size group from 50 to 200 people.
You’ll have access to the stage (with electricity), and 5 acres of shaded lawn.
There are many outdoor options across our 500 acres of pristine farmland that can serve as the ideal setting for your one-of-a-kind wedding.
Popular choices include our Walnut Hill Gazebo, the front steps of the Flynn Mansion, or simply in the middle of a grove surrounded by majestic, tall oak trees.
We encourage you to tour the grounds with our knowledgable staff to help you find the perfect spot to say, “I do!”.
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 an 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.
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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 catered events, Living History Farms requires you to choose from our list of preferred caterers. For a list of our preferred caterers, contact our Community Events Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get started, please fill out a rental interest form, or call (515)278-5286 x126 for more information.