“Soon after my daughter got engaged, she began talking of getting married on the family farm and having a reception in the barn,” says Amy Mitchum, owner of The Barn at Cedar Grove. “I, of course, thought she was crazy. I had never heard of such a thing. I didn’t really see her vision until she starting showing me photos she had found online and in magazines.”
That was in 2011. Today, Mitchum has a burgeoning destination wedding business. The 100-plus-year-old tobacco barn between Columbia and Greensburg has been lovingly renovated by the family and already has become a wildly popular event venue, drawing brides from as far away as Texas, Colorado and California.
“During renovation we found someone’s initials and ‘1911’ carved on one of the barn stalls,” Mitchum says. “It was quite dilapidated. It had sat unused and ignored for decades, and the locals had made the hallway of the barn part of their four-wheeler trail.”
Restored by an Amish worker, the barn has just less than 3,500 square feet of space and can seat 230 people. “We’ve taken great pains to keep the original charm and as much of the original structure as possible,” says Mitchum.
The more than 200-acre farm offers numerous idyllic locations for wedding ceremonies and photos and includes a recently constructed bridal cottage—with a charming porch swing and lovely shabby chic décor—and a rustic cabin hangout for the groom and his friends. For more information, visit barnatcedargrove.com.