The Old Rugged Barn

OUR MOTTO:  There is always something to celebrate!

The Old Rugged Barn's goal is to provide a relaxed and rustic place where the community can gather to celebrate special occasions and positively impact the community.  Multiple updated spaces along with the farm's rich history make it a perfect location to create new memories through celebrations and events. In 2020, the barn will celebrate its 100th birthday, and through the many years of updates and hard work, it has been turned into a beautiful venue.  

 

The barn sits on 3.5 acres of beautiful farm land, with the actual barn venue covering approximately 2400 square feet on the main level and 1000 square feet on a loft overlooking the main floor.  In addition to the main barn, a newly enclosed 2400 square foot pavilion sits on the property and a grain bin gazebo will be coming very soon!  Two pastures, north and south of the barn, can be used for parking and/or event activities.  We have over 30 barn quilts inside the barn and out.  There are also 5 murals professionally painted on the buildings by Scott Hagan, creating beautiful backdrops for photos.

Get to Know Us!

Jo Morrison
Marianne Minnis
Owner

Jo grew up on her family farm just outside of Cornell, IL, so the barn has always had a special place in her heart. Jo has a background in administration and organization through her graduate work at ISU. She spent 33 years teaching at Bloomington High School, before retiring and becoming more involved community activities and event coordinating.  Jo is an avid Barn Keepers of Mclean County member, McLean County Barn Quilt Project member, and Cornell Days Homecoming Celebration

co-chair. 

Sammy the Barn Mascot!
Facilities & Design Manager

Marianne has made a name for herself as a decorator and refinishing expert in the Central Illinois area.  She has over 20 years experience creating beautiful spaces and bringing her clients' visions to life.  Marianne has also worked for the Metro North Denver Chamber of Commerce in the past, where she planned and organized community events. Marianne has been involved in most of the updates to the barn, and has helped plan and organize several events at the barn as well.  Let Marianne help you bring your wedding, celebration, or event dreams to life here at The Old Rugged Barn!

Dorothy Ahlenius
Event Coordinator

Dorothy has had a long career with GROWMARK, Inc. in Bloomington, Illinois, retiring just earlier this year, after more than 48 years of dedicated service to farmers and agriculture.  During her last 24 years, she provided administrative and coordination assistance in the Corporate Communications department.  Throughout her career she assisted with planning and executing a variety of successful events where she used her communication, organization, and customer service skills.   Since 2005, she has served as the Wedding Coordinator for her church! Dorothy serves on the Trustees Committee at The United Church of Heyworth and also is the Recording Secretary for the Heyworth Board of Education.

The Old Rugged Barn Venue

18808 N 2000 East Rd, Towanda, IL 61776

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