The land that The Barn at Rock Creek is situated on was once the Dixie Evans Farm owned and operated by the Henry Family. It came to belong to the Ward family circa 1970 when Robert G. Ward, father of Mary Ward Padgett, bought the land and continued the tradition of farming soybeans and corn until 2012.
In October of 2012 the granddaughter of Robert G. Ward became engaged to a local Leland man and the young woman’s dream began to evolve into The Barn at Rock Creek. Her parents, Donald and Mary Padgett, shared her vision and together, along with their son Seth Padgett, they created the couple’s dream wedding. Donald and Mary longed to help their only daughter create the fairy tale wedding that she had always dreamed of not knowing what a journey it would lead the entire family on.In December 2012 the work began to prepare the land. Donald began to envision a way to make this dream become a reality. He drew up blueprints for the barn and they began the process the very next day. Fifty acres of land was timbered. A ten acre plot was smoothed out to make room for the barn to be built and a picturesque pond where young cypress trees were planted in which it overlooks. Ditch banks were softened and lined with a hand painted four panel fence that surrounds the entire property. To add to the seclusion and create more of a woodsy feel, oak trees were planted to line both sides of the property running the length of the fence. All of this work merely prepped the land for the 3800 square foot barn to be constructed and every inch of it to be hand painted. Once that was done the landscaping around the venue was completed with flower beds scattered around the barn and the 8 foot ceremonial arbor measuring was built by Donald using the wood line of the property as the lush backdrop.
However, the construction was only a portion of what was done to make this venue perfect for the big day. Mary and her daughter collected over 500 mismatched china place settings and vintage linens for over 50 tables. They also unearthed antique glass bottles that had been discarded decades ago when a house once sat on the property. The more permanent collectibles are the 13 crystal chandeliers that hang in the barn along with the one of a kind wall sconces, which once hung in the Seelbauch Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky circa 1903. They create a romantic and warm glow in the interior of the barn.Whatever your vision is for your big day or event, the Padgett’s and Taube’s have done the work in creating a beautiful, private, serene setting that you can add your personal flair to in order to create your one of a kind event.