Barr Mansion’s deep Texas roots travel back to 1898, when cotton mogul William Braxton Barr and his wife Tillie Birdwell built this ornate Eastlake Victorian home in what was then Sprinkle, Texas. In continuous operation as a special events facility since 1980, owner Melanie McAfee has added acres of lush ornamental and edible gardens with an unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability. The crown jewel, The Artisan Ballroom, reclaimed from an 18th century Dutch barn in New York, has been lovingly resurrected to perfectly encompass our philosophy of being luxurious, eclectic and organic. The timbers were hewn from trees living when Christopher Columbus arrived to America. The newly created outdoor pavilion The Farmstead with local wood crafted farm tables bring a Farm to Plate experience under one soaring solar-paneled roof. Proud to be the first certified organic special events facility in the nation, we strive for the highest standards in gathering the best of the seasons from our gardens and local farmers.
More than an events facility
Part event center, part community center, part supper club, the 6,000-square-foot space is all that – plus a farm, production kitchen and more. While the open kitchen and production kitchen produce the ‘farm to table’ menus, there is equal attention given to the farming and cooking of food. It’s rare to find a venue pursuing the full life food cycle from growing the food, producing the food, serving the food and returning the leftover food into compost and back to the soil.
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