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Local family business uses celebration to lend a helping hand for the community

Local family business uses celebration to lend a helping hand for the community

March 17, 2017              By Daniel Brammer

The inspiration for On Sunny Slope Farm came roughly five years ago, when the owner’s daughter wanted to have her dream wedding on their farm in Rockingham County. The land has been in the family since 1828, and it now operates as a scenic location for various events. “I enjoy what I do, and planning events is where I get my energy,” says Harry Jarrett, owner of On Sunny Slope Farm, “I can always see through the planning stages knowing how wonderful the celebrations will be.”

Considering its award-winning status as a licensed wedding and special events venue, Jarrett has taken great strides to ensure this family farm could provide more than just holy matrimony to the surrounding community. They have had enormous impact on many non-profit organizations in the area by hosting fundraisers, festivals, and other special events. “I’m a pastor, so funding non-profit organizations, benefitting the community, and doing good for simply good sake is one of my core values,” says Jarrett, who is also currently an interim pastor at Elk Run Church of the Brethren.

Realizing the amount of potential and amenities his farm had to offer, Jarrett was more than reluctant to begin reaching out to help. “I’ve always been involved in altruistic, non-profit things, so it was a natural part of what I wanted to do here,” he explains. His venue hosts 12 events annually for local non-profit organizations, including JMU SafeRides, New Creation, Bridgewater Historical Society, and more. All proceeds go towards the respective organization with no profit returning to On Sunny Slope Farm.

One of the biggest festivals they host is the annual Food Truck Festival coming this April. Every penny raised during the event helps to fund Open Doors, a homeless shelter operating in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. This fundraiser alone raises half of Open Doors’ annual budget at over $30,000 each year. Without the supporting efforts from volunteers, along with generous donations, Open Doors would cease to even exist. It is organizations in need that inspire Jarrett to roll up his sleeves and help make a difference.

“This event has allowed us to think less about getting the bills paid, and more about how we can grow and better serve our guests and their needs,” says Rachel Howdyshell. As Executive Director, Howdyshell witnesses first-hand how much impact the Food Truck Festival has on the organization and its efforts. Funding from the community is what makes Open Doors possible, so the people at On Sunny Slope Farm take every step necessary to provide the best experience they can offer. Jarret says, “I find great joy in helping others, especially in their time of need. My farm would almost be going to waste if I didn’t use it to support organizations like Open Doors.”

Open Doors began its efforts roughly ten years ago, in hopes of providing shelter and support for homeless individuals in Harrisonburg and Rockingham. Because of their non-profit status, they rely on the generous help offered by countless volunteers within the area. “I fell in love with the organization and became passionate about the work because I believe everyone deserves food and shelter,” says Howdyshell, who started as a volunteer in 2009.

Not only do they rely on volunteering individuals, but Open Doors reaches out to local churches and faith communities to be the hosting shelter for scheduled weeks. The two organizations team up to provide the necessary amenities, such as meals, bedding, toiletries, and volunteers, to serve the homeless individuals. Open Doors receives support from over 30 faith communities that offer shelters throughout Rockingham County.

Just last year, the shelter helped house 171 unique individuals, with an average of 29 guests every evening. To help manage and support these people, Open Doors had the help of over 1,300 shelter volunteers and over 55 different volunteer groups.

To help organize, Howdyshell relies on each shelter’s staff to have everything in place and ready for the arrival of those planning to use the shelter. Phil Kniss, pastor at Park View Methodist Church, tells us, “We often volunteer to host at least one or two weeks each year, and provide all the meals and volunteers necessary.” He also detailed that they provide overnight presence from staff, personally prepare the meals, and even transport linens for laundry. Along with providing shelter, Kniss says they include support of Open Doors in their annual budget as well.

When asked about Food Truck Festival, Howdyshell explained, “The event’s success draws from its ability to bring the community together to celebrate food, music and warm weather. Not only that, but also knowing the money is supporting such a great cause.” At last year’s festival, they had over 2,000 people attend, with 14 food trucks, three local bands, and 24 vendors. With all the moving pieces involved, both Howdyshell and Jarrett say their organizations begin planning for this event roughly nine months in advance each year.

Along with the thanks given to the volunteers and donors that support Open Doors, Howdyshell was also more than grateful for the support from On Sunny Slope Farm. “On Sunny Slope Farm was generous enough to donate their venue to us. Harry and his employees are great to work with and work hard to pull off a successful event year after year,” says Howdyshell. She sincerely appreciates their ability to treat Open Doors like family and help with the fight against homelessness.

Especially after seeing success in recent years, Jarrett is more than ready to see what the Food Truck Festival will bring this year. As he and his family prepare for this event, they are making every necessary adjustment to top previous years. Although there are still weddings to plan for the spring, Jarrett assures they will never fall short of providing Open Doors the festival they deserve.

At the end of the day, those at On Sunny Slope Farm want nothing less than to bring people together to celebrate and enjoy life. “This is more of a family-friendly, local farm that is big in its surroundings, but intimate in the sense of how we go about doing business,” says Jarrett. Whether its running their own business, or offering services to others, everyone is welcome in the Jarrett family when coming to the farm.

Alsace to America – part 2

Alsace to America

When they arrived in Pennsylvania, they already had a place to go. Somehow, Hans Peter Sr. had arranged to buy 200 acres of land in Bethel Township, Lancaster County. Records show that he began payment March , 1740, almost a full year before they left for America. This brings new light to our previous notions of the first Wamplers.

First of all, they were not farmers, but linen weavers (leineweber- Swiss German ) – all of the men of the family stated this as their profession. Secondly, they were Lutheran or Reformed, not Brethren. The church to which they belonged was led by educated clergy, they were not pacifists, they supported public education and they certainly were not poor. Linen weavers were quite prosperous in the old country and were in great demand when they came to America. William Penn’s invitation was answered by several groups, for various reasons. Granddaddy Wampler believed that our ancestors came for religious reasons, that they had fled Germany because they were pacifist and didn’t want their sons in the German army. It was also his belief that they came to Pennsylvania to farm. While some of these reasons may have been true, there may be more involved. “A part of the immigration was driven by commerce and capitalism,” says John E. Wampler (Website- Tracks of Peter Wampler) some came as indentured servants and some came in response to many ads for “land and for jobs for linen weavers.” (ibid) which as we know was the Wampler occupation all the way back to Switzerland, then in Alsace. Linen weavers had plenty of work. Over 30,000 yards of linen were woven in Lancaster County alone in one year at that time.

The Wamplers also may have used the land they owned to grow their own flax for weaving. In reading about the linen weavers of all denominations of that time, I found that they were leaders in their communities and very philanthropic. A case in point – Andrew Carnegie and his family were linen weavers from Scotland. The Wamplers, from the beginning, immigrated from country to country, buying considerable tracts of land, leaving it and monies in their wills and continued this practice all the way down to Sunny Slope Farm. So as much as we’d like the romantic notion that our poor, farmer, Dunkard ancestors fled from religious persecution, the more likely scenario is that they were free men and well off, taking advantage of the opportunities in the new world. This is not to say that they weren’t deeply religious as well, and as we go forward in time, we will see how religion was of great importance, particularly in their involvement in the Brethren Church.

Life for our ancestors was most likely very difficult in the new world. These were linen weavers, not hearty pioneers and most of the 200 acres they had purchased was probably wooded and had to be cleared. They had to build their own buildings, learn a new language, and set up their linen weaving business all at the same time.

Hans Peter Wampfler – Alsace to America

Hans Peter Wampfler was born in 1701 in Sparsbach, Alsace . Like his father, he became a linen weaver. He married Anna Veronica Lung of Zollingen about 1719. They lived in the village of Hinsingen but since there was not church there, the christening records of their seven children are in Keskastel and Atweiler nearby. It is in Keskastel that we find the record of the christening of Hans Peter Wampfler, Jr. – August 4, 1722. When Hans Peter Jr. was 18, he and his family embarked on a great adventure.

In the late 1600’s William Penn had traveled to Germany. There, he offered those farmers who were interested, land and religious freedom in Pennsylvania. At that time, the Province was British-ruled and only English was spoken. Immigrants had to swear allegiance to the British Crown and to the laws of Pennsylvania. Our ancestors spoke only Swiss/ German. Imagine the courage it must have taken to embark on such an adventure as this, with so many unknowns.

On May 3, 1741, Hans Peter Wampfler Sr., his wife Anna Veronica and their children boarded the ship “Lydia” for America. The journey was a difficult one, even before they boarded. The family had to travel by boat down the Rhine River to get to the port in Holland where they boarded their ship for America. This took 4-6 weeks. In Holland they had to wait again for 4-6 weeks, spending their money on food and lodging, and enduring frequent inspections and customs delays. From Holland they went to an English Port where they waited for favorable wind conditions before sailing 8-12 weeks to Philadelphia. The ships were crowded with inadequate food and water. There was little medical care and disease was common. Many on board died during the crossing. (FW)

Here, again, I must contradict Granddaddy’s story that “the mother died en route and was buried at sea.” Records indicate that, at the time of Hans Peter Sr.’s death in 1749, Veronica (his wife), Peter Jr. and Michael were summoned to make an inventory of “all goods, chattles rights and credits which were of the said deceased.” But I digress – back to the chronology of the immigration.

On September 29, almost five months after leaving their home in Germany, the family arrived in Philadelphia Harbor. The ship’s log shows three signatures of three male Wampfler males over the age of 16, as was the custom. At the Lancaster Historical Society, I saw a copy of these signatures. Wives, daughters and minors were not listed, but we assume that the entire family came. Since two of the infant daughters died previous to the trip, this would mean that besides Hans Peter Sr. – 40, Hans Peter Jr.- 18, Hans Michael -16, who were listed in the log, there were also three daughters, Anna Magdalena – 20, Anna Veronica- 15 and Anna Barbara -12 as well as Hans Peter’s wife, Anna Veronica. At the time of the crossing, for some reason, Hans Michael signed the log with an “X.” This does not necessarily mean that he couldn’t write. (At 16 he might just have been being
ornery.)

From Zwischenfluh to the Valley

The first Wampflers were from an area in Switzerland near what is now Bern. There are several very small villages, some of no more than two or three houses, that are in the Diemtig Valley and the first records of our family are found in a church in one of these villages called Zwischenfluh.

In Dr. Wampler’s book there is an aerial picture of the valley where the first Wampler’s lived and it is no wonder our ancestors continued their immigrations to mountains and valleys so like this one, first in Germany, then Pennsylvania and finally the Shenandoah Valley. The alps rise high on either side of a fertile valley, then come directly down to meet the earth. There are no foothills and the walls of rock are visible reaching straight upward from the valley. They look much like Chimney Rock near Ken and Margaret Smith’s in Broadway.

The first records that Dr. Wampler and his associates found were at a church in Diemtigen in 1559. Our ancestor, Hans (Johann and later of course, John) Wampfler was probably born around 1616 in Zwischenflue, Switzerland. Christening records seem to indicate that his parents were Heinrich and Verena (Herren) Wampfler. He and his wife Madlena Knutti were married there in 1647. Their five children’s christening records are found there – Christian, their third child, was christened on December 3, 1654. He was the first to leave Switzerland and settle in Alsace, Germany. Many Swiss/Germans in the late 1600’s moved to this area after the Thirty Years War. Christian Wampler settled in Sparsbach, Alsace. Dr. Wampler states that it “is meaningful to speak of our ancestors as being Alsatian” rather than either French or German.

Christian Wampfler was a linen weaver by trade. He and his wife (name unknown) had seven children. The fourth of these children was Hans Peter Wampfler, who was the first Wampler to come to America and our direct ancestor. That journey would be quite an adventure as we will see.

ancestry name origin Wampler

Wampler Ancestry Name Origin

Ancestry Name Origin

Like many people, we are interested in the ancestry and origin of our family surname. In his first book, Fred Wampler traced the Wamplers to Alsace (pronounced Al-sack), Germany from which they came in 1741. Alsace is in an area in Germany that had changed hands many times between the Germans and the French. At the time our ancestors came over to America, this area was called the Palatinate and those who came from here were called “Palantines.”

Granddaddy Wampler always thought that our ancestors were German but that was only partially true. They did speak German and lived in a German culture, but as Fred Wampler went back a generation or two he discovered that the Wamplers originally came from a beautiful Alpine Valley in Switzerland. Here he found records of christenings, he visited early dwellings of our family and took a number of pictures of the area. Dr. Wampler was the first genealogist to discover our roots in Switzerland and when he visited, he was the first Wampler in 300 years to go there.

Near the village of Diemtigen in Bern Canton, Switzerland are four houses that lie in the shadow of a wall of stone that rises high into the Swiss sky. The ancestry name origin for this kind of structure in the Swiss/ German dialect is “wandlfluh.” (pronounced vand-flew, well, sort of) . Someone who lived near one of these walls of stone would have been called a “Wandfluher” (again the W is pronounce V) which then became the ancestry name origin Wampfler, and then Wampler. There is even a sign at a bus stop of a place called “Wamplen” verifying the ancestry name origin of the Wampler Family.

Brethren roots of Wampler Family

Brethren roots | Variations on Granddaddy Wampler’s Family Story

Brethren Roots

Granddaddy Wampler was a story teller.

He always began with “have I told you the one about…”  and before you could say “yes,” if indeed you had heard it,  he was off to the races.   Most of Granddaddy’s stories were about people , which I think speaks well of where his interests and priorities lay.  With all of his accomplishments,  I don’t remember that he  boasted about himself. (not a lot anyway)  I had always supposed that the stories he told were true, truth as he knew it to be, but as I began searching for the Wampler ancestry I discovered several errors.  (I know this is patently presumptuous – my apologies,  Granddaddy)

Granddaddy seemed certain that the Wamplers had always belonged to the Church of the Brethren.   In the paperback booklet he put together in 1970 he stated,  “these Wamplers (the ones who came in 1741) were followers of Alexander Mack (founder of the Church of the Brethren).”

Brethren Church

I discovered that the Brethren movement had already begun in the early 1700’s as a protest to the three recognized state religions in Germany – Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed – in  particular,  they were opposed to infant baptism.  Alexander Mack was born in Germany in 1679 and was baptized and reared in the Reformed Church.  In 1708 he was one of the first to receive adult baptism,  which, at that time, was against the law.  In 1729 he, and 60 other families, immigrated to America where others involved in the Brethren movement had come 10 years before.

It is documented  that Hans Peter Wampler, Jr., our direct ancestor,  came with his family  to Pennsylvania in 1741. He had been christened in Alsace, Germany on August 4, 1722 at a Lutheran or Reformed church.  Hans Peter Jr. was married at Hill Lutheran Church in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania in 1743 and he and his wife sponsored several infant baptisms there of friends and family.  So when, exactly,  did the Wamplers become involved in the Brethren Church?

Fred Wampler of  Santa Fe, New Mexico has done extensive research on our Wampler ancestry.  He descended from Hans Peter, Jr.’s brother Hans Michael.   While I was in Salt Lake City, early in my research,  I went to the Genealogy Library there and found his first book “Wampler Family History 1701-1980.”  Later he published a second book  “Wampfler (Wampler) The 1500’s-1700’s.”  From these two well-documented and well-researched accounts,  I learned some very interesting facts about our ancestors and give him full credit, as noted (FW), for his work that I use hereafter.  In the past 15 years I have found other sources on my own – I have put together a intriguing and sometimes surprising picture of the Wamplers,  complete with unsolved mysteries,  Indian abductions,  and several very strange wills.

Brethren roots of Wampler Family

Introduction | Historic Family Stories

Introduction | Historic Family Stories

I can’t remember when I wasn’t interested in our family history. Growing up on Sunny Slope Farm with stories of Civil War barns, wash houses, wells being dug, draft horses being bred and sold, the Dunkard Church influence and hundreds of other Granddaddy Wampler tales, I came, early on, to an appreciation of what I had come from and how it influenced who I was and would become. Being a Wampler in Rockingham County brought with it certain advantages and some disadvantages, a sense of both pride and responsibility to a rich tradition and a wealth of family lore. As I’ve talked with others in the family I have discovered that some, like I, are extremely interested in our genealogy and some couldn’t care less (Daddy, for one – although he does enjoy passing down some stories of his own.) Granddaddy Wampler was certainly interested and knew the family history back quite a few generations.

My first serious poking around into our genealogy came in 1989 when Harry and I took an extended RV trip out west. When we got to Salt Lake City, Harry wanted to go to the Mormon Genealogical Library to look up information on his family. I decided to browse and found a book by Dr. Fred Wampler of Santé Fe, New Mexico, who had traced our family’s roots. There were some real surprises in his research and from then on, I was hooked. Each year, on our RV trips north, I stopped at historical societies in Pennsylvania and began research on my own. I planned to use this information as a backdrop for a novel I was writing. After seven years of interweaving, what I considered, this fascinating family saga into the book, my editor informed me that though the stories were, indeed, fascinating, they simply did not work in my novel.

So I decided that what would work was to compile our ancestral story for my family, who, I was confident, would think it fascinating.

Recently, my son, Harry Jarrett, who happens to be one of the Wampler descendants who IS interested in our family history and the history of the farm where he owns and operates an events venue called ON SUNNY SLOPE FARM, asked if I would share my own research into the origins of the Wampler family. What will follow in the coming year is material that I gathered and wrote down for my own family as well as stories handed down and invented by a host of family members.

New Poultry History Museum features Wampler Poultry history On Sunny Slope Farm

The folks in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are poultry proud…and they have every reason to crow a little bit about their fine-feathered heritage.

It’s a fact that the modern chicken and turkey industries go directly back to farms in Rockingham County. Today the county leads the state in agricultural production, due in no small part to its strong poultry industry. That story is something that many in the region were probably vaguely aware of, after all who can miss the giant turkey statues at the south and north ends of the county declaring Rockingham as the turkey capital?

And, after the Rockingham County Fair, which runs Monday through Saturday, 100,000 more folks will know about the poultry heritage in Rockingham. If you think you can’t miss the turkey statue at the county line (installed in 1955) then wait until you see the newly unveiled giant turkey and giant chicken flanking the entrance to the new poultry heritage building and new live poultry display building on the fairgrounds. Both were dedicated last week to a large turnout of local officials, industry officials and families whose history is intertwined with the poultry industry.

As long as there have been family farms in the Shenandoah Valley, there have been barnyard chickens and turkeys providing meat and eggs for the dinner (or breakfast) table. For the most part, though, any profit from barnyard flocks came from the farmwife selling or bartering eggs at the local country store.

But back in the 1880s, a boy named Samuel Blosser became curious about whether or not he could hatch chickens without a mother hen sitting on the eggs. He made some observations that included putting thermometers underneath nesting hens to determine at what temperatures eggs were being warmed. No doubt the hens were rather annoyed by the process, but Blosser was persistent and in 1885, using a box filled with sawdust and hot water from a tea kettle, he successfully hatched chicks using artificial incubation.

Electricity further enhanced the artificial incubation process, and in the 1930s, a Rockingham fellow named George Jordon ran an electric line directly from the new Shenandoah Valley Electric Co-op to his hatchery. By the late 1930s, every little community in Rockingham County had a hatchery — to the tune of 34 hatcheries turning out 1.4 million chickens a week.

That was chickens, but turkeys were still considered a little too wild for such confinement. The dominant domestic turkey at the time was the bronze turkey, a big sturdy animal that ruled the barnyard and roosted in trees. Farmers growing larger numbers of turkeys kept the animals in fields. When it came time to take the animals to market, they were driven for miles along the road. The lead tom turkey in the flock sometimes wore a little bell just like cows had bells. I have interviewed elderly men who, as boys, were paid a few cents to drive turkeys from points west, like Highland County, to the railroads in the Valley. The streets of places like Monterey and Harrisonburg were often filled with flocks of bronze turkeys being gathered and driven to market.

But then a Rockingham man named Charles Wampler Sr. turned the turkey world upside down and took the industry out of the realm of a little nest egg of money for the farmwife and into the mainstream of agricultural production. Wampler was actually Rockingham’s first extension agent for which he was paid $37.50 a month, but he eventually left that job to tend to the family farm full time. Turkeys had always been a part of his family’s farm. When he was a boy, his mother had paid him a few cents to search out the hidden turkey nests and gather the eggs. He eventually bought a turkey for $7 and began developing and breeding a strong strain of bronze turkeys.

Wampler was a visionary and wondered why, if you could incubate chicken eggs successfully, that the same thing couldn’t be done with turkeys. He wrote all the agricultural colleges in the country, according to his son, 98-year-old Charlie Wampler Jr., and only one, a professor from Virginia Tech, gave him encouragement. “All the others told him that turkeys were by nature wild and would never grow in confinement,” remembered Wampler Jr.

So Wampler built an incubator and in 1922, when he hatched 52 turkey eggs at Sunny Slope Farm just outside of Harrisonburg, the modern turkey industry in America was born. For that and many other innovations in the turkey world, he earned a place in the Poultry Hall of Fame as the Father of the Modern Turkey Industry.

The story of the Wamplers and the Blossers as well as the Stricklers, who started Rocco Feeds in Harrisonburg, is all part of the exhibits housed in the new Virginia Poultry Exhibit. “Locally Grown, Feeding the World,” reads the signs above the doorways of the new building. Who hasn’t noticed the 13-story Rocco feed mill in downtown Harrisonburg for instance? This new exhibit puts all those intertwining stories together for the first time.

The exhibit was curated by Lee Anne Biller, a local woman who grew up in the poultry industry and currently manages George’s Hatchery in Harrisonburg where 1.7 million chickens are hatched every week. Wouldn’t Samuel Blosser and Charles Wampler Sr. have been impressed with those numbers?

For Biller, the last months of putting together the exhibit and learning about the history of her community has been an exciting journey. Not only did the group that she led turn up many artifacts from poultry’s past, old waterers, chicken crates, advertising calendars, signs, feed bags and egg crates, but they interviewed many of the families involved in the industry and created a video archives.

“Those early pioneers were so forward thinking,” she said. “And they were such good businessmen. They made good decisions and were willing to take risks.”

She pointed to pioneers like R.B. Strickler and Charles Wampler in particular. Of Wampler she said, “I was reading in one of the old journals of Charles Wampler Sr. and he was doing all his own genetics work. He had pens of toms and of hens and bred them for certain characteristics. Now geneticists have big computers and hire consultants. All he had were his eyes and the power of observation.”

For Biller, it was also a journey into her own past. She found records about her grandfather selling turkey eggs. Looking back at the area poultry history brought back some “unpleasant” memories as well she said with a laugh. “In my house the rule was that the last one in had to get up and help water and feed the turkeys the next morning. It seemed like that was always me and not my brother!”

The poultry industry that those early pioneers helped launch has never faltered in the Valley. Wampler soon became the recognized expert in the nation. After he artificially incubated those first turkeys, he helped his daughter raise a flock of artificially brooded turkeys for her 4-H project. He also was a pioneer in turkey nutrition, and he wrote the first contract between a grower and a feed supplier during the Great Depression when the farmer didn’t have enough money to buy the birds outright. In the contract, Wampler supplied the birds and enough feed to get the birds to market and then the farmer and Wampler worked out how the profits would be shared so that next year’s flock was already financed.

By 1929, Wampler was selling his booklet, “Wampler’s Practical Turkey Methods,” for one dollar. “When you remember that it takes less feed to produce a pound of turkey than a pound of pork or a pound of beef, you can readily see that turkey meat should play a far more important part in our daily food,” he wrote in the beginning of the book, pointing out that the average American consumed less than one turkey a year at that time.

Charles Wampler Sr. truly knew what he was talking about but even he probably could not have imagined that Virginia’s poultry industry today would account for, directly or indirectly, 42,000 jobs and represent an $8 billion dollar industry in the commonwealth.

For his part, Charles Wampler Jr., a poultry pioneer and industry leader in his own right, was pleased to see the history exhibit preparing to open in a few days for the county fair. “A lot of young people don’t know much about the history of how it all started. My daddy did it right here in 1922. He started the whole industry in the United States.”

So before Rockingham County Fair goers hit the midway or stuff themselves with cotton candy, they should make a point to check out the live poultry exhibit in a brand-new building and then walk right next door past the giant turkey and giant chicken dedicated to the poultry producers of the county, and learn more about the fine-feathered heritage right here in the Valley.

Bar and Tub

Bar and Tub offer rustic feel for serving beverages

Bar and Tub included in every event package

Our Bar and Tub provide a rustic serving area for any beverage that you might want to serve at your events.

The Bar

Everyone seems to love the bar and tub that we use for our events On Sunny Slope Farm. The bar is made out of 4 doors that came out of the home-place (where I live) on the farm and some of the other buildings. We found them laying up against a wall in one of our outbuildings. Together, my father, two sons and I decided that they would make a great bar and so we built it and the bar now sits under the tent at every event. It works great for all kinds of beverage service and gives a great rustic/vintage feel to any event.

It often gets decorated and so the question of dimensions comes up. The dimension of the bar are  78 inches long and 35 inches wide. The top is only 27 inches wide but the same length.

The Tub

The tub that sits next to the bar is an old claw foot tub that is original to the home-place as well. When I redid the bathroom I took it out and put it in a building. I had no idea that some 20 years later the bathtub would sit in my venue and be used as an ice cooler for beer, wine, water, and soft drinks. Just fill it up with about 100 pounds of ice and it will last most of the evening.

The Bath tub is 5′ x 30″ and 22 inches high.

The Shelf

I don’t really know where the shelf came from. I found it in another of the buildings on the farm. But it makes a great place for glasses, utensils, bottles or anything else you would like to put on it.


The Shelf is 22 inches wide, 44 inches high and 10 inches deep