New wedding venue set to open in Juniata County
Editor’s note: An editing error led to incorrect information being included with this story as it appeared in the Juniata County edition of Progress on Wednesday. To try and alleviate the confusion, a correct story appears below.
McALISTERVILLE — Another wedding venue is coming to state Route 35 in Juniata County this spring.
This past year, Annsfield near Mifflintown on state Route 35 opened to the public for weddings and other events and will remain operating as it has been.
Michael Brubaker, of McAlisterville, purchased farm property between Bunkertown and Cocolamus. Brubaker, his father and two brothers currently own Double B Farm Supply along the same route in McAlisterville.
His intent when he attended the auction for the property of 115 acres last fall was to simply farm it. But while he was standing on the grounds, another thought came to mind.
“It was last minute the day of the auction,” Brubaker said. “I thought it would make a nice wedding venue.”
Looking at the old rustic barn and brick farm house, his mind began swirling with possibilities.
This past summer he began “gutting” the house and in recent weeks began to move dirt for parking and making renovations in the barn.
The idea is to allow couples to use the property for outdoor weddings and the barn as the rustic, elegant reception area. The house would be the overnight quarters for the bridal party.
Brubaker said the barn will be finished as of May 2020. Three weddings are already booked: May 16, May 30 and one in September 2020. He said up to 200 people can be seated in the barn, and it will be rented for other functions such as bridal/baby showers, banquets and so on.
Brubaker has been working solo on the project but has hired a contractor for further work on the barn which he was told was originally destroyed by fire in the 1950s and later rebuilt. The stone foundation is from the original structure when the house and barn were built in the late 1800s.
The remainder of the property will be farmed by Brubaker as he initially intended.
The venue will be known as Stony Ridge Acres because of the “stony ridge” behind the property. He has a Facebook page for the business and has had interest from folks as far away as Lancaster.
Brubaker said he believes this area has a market for wedding venues not only because of the scenic location, but because fewer people are desiring church weddings.
For those, however, who do want to get married at one of the local churches, the venue is open for receptions only as well.