13 Magical Barn Wedding Venues in Massachusetts
New England is full of barn wedding venues that brim with rustic elegance, but you'll find many of the most picturesque ones in Massachusetts. Many of the state's farm venues offer a variety of settings you can utilize throughout your wedding day, including a grassy outdoor ceremony spot, a patio for cocktail hour, and a barn for dinner and dancing. Additionally, Massachusetts's barn venues range from centuries-old marvels to newly-built modern-farmhouse-style spots, so there's certainly something for every type of barn-loving bride or groom. Ready to start your wedding planning journey in the Bay State? Read on for all the details behind some of the state's most sought after barn wedding venues.
The Barn at Bradstreet Farm in Rowley, Massachusetts
If you're dreaming of a barn wedding, why not host your soiree at the second-oldest continually operating farm in the country? The Barn at Bradstreet Farm is a working farm with a refurbished 18th century barn set on seven acres originally deeded to the Bradstreet family by King Charles I of England in 1635. The Bradstreets owned the farm until 2007, and now its a wedding venue serving farm-to-table fare within the barn or out on the grounds. The property also features a patio that can be used for cocktail hour, as well as fire pit areas and lawn games for your after-party. The farm will also have two new getting ready suites just in time for the 2022 wedding season.
Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts
The Barn at Gibbet Hill is a century-old structure set upon rolling hills near Groton's Main Street. Hold your ceremony in front of the barn on the lush lawn overlooking grazing cattle, then enjoy cocktail hour on Gibbet Hill's covered outdoor deck before heading into the towering renovated space for dinner and dancing. Alternatively, the wedding venue has an outdoor site at Gibbet Hill's summit that showcases views of Mt. Wachusett, Mt. Watatic, and Mt. Monadnock. There, you can put on your ceremony within the ivy-adorned ruins of General Bancroft's Castle, a stone 1906 hunting lodge, as well as put up a tent for an outdoor reception.
The Barn at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts
The Barn at the Crane Estate is a 2,100-acre-property perched beside the Atlantic with three unique wedding venues: a 1928 mansion with 59 rooms on Castle Hill overlooking Crane Beach, Steep Hill Beach, and finally, the barn: a rustic space at the base of Castle Hill surrounded by trees and salt marshes. There, you can exchange vows out in the vegetable garden in front of wisteria-covered lattice and wrought-iron gates before moving into the post-and-beam barn for your wedding reception.
The Barn at Wight Farm in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
The Barn at Wight Farm maintains three distinctive rustic barn venues on just under four acres, plus a with a patio, fire pit, and gazebo. There's the post-and-beam barn that has hosted weddings since 2015, as well as the Alpheus room, which features floors reclaimed from a New England mill and is ideal for wedding ceremonies and small receptions. Last but not least there's the newly opened Winthrop Room, another post-and-beam barn space decorated with a soft, sandy-hued color palette.
Briar Barn Inn in Rowley, Massachusetts
Opened in 2019, Briar Barn Inn boasts a restaurant wedding venue, spa, and 30 guest rooms just over 30 miles from Boston on Massachusetts's North Shore. The modern-farmhouse-style inn features a landscaped property with a lawn and terrace where you can plan to have your ceremony, as well as a patio with a fire pit near the manicured central courtyard for cocktails. At Briar Barn Inn dinner and dancing take place within Grove, the property's on-site restaurant, which is a newly built post-and-beam barn with a spacious and bright open-concept dining room, hardwood floors, exposed beams, and three stocked bars.
Gedney Farm in New Marlborough, Massachusetts
Nestled in the Berkshires on 50 acres of pastures and meadows is Gedney Farm and its two wedding barns. The Event Barn is a horse barn turned reception venue with three levels and a neighboring garden and courtyard accessible through sliding glass doors. The property also houses an inn, which was previously a dairy barn but now offers 16 guest rooms featuring granite fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.
Harrington Farm in Princeton, Massachusetts
Harrington Farm spans 60 acres in Central Massachusetts dotted with gardens and ponds. At the venue, which only hosts weddings, you can tie the knot on the ceremony patio surrounded by flowers and greenery, enjoy cocktail hour on a patio featuring a fieldstone and granite fireplace, and then head into the 18th century post-and-beam barn (which has 30-foot tall ceilings, a 10-foot wide fireplace, and a steinway grand piano) for your reception. Harrington Farm also provides the opportunity to host your event in a Sperry tent out on the grounds as well as make use of the farmhouse, which features four roomy bedrooms, three baths, and a lower-level lounge.
Pierce Farm at Witch Hill in Topsfield, Massachusetts
Enjoy a Victorian Era setting with a rustic feel at Pierce Farm at Witch Hill, located just 23 miles from Boston. The 19th century property has an 1821 manor house complete with 14 rooms, five working fireplaces, and a bridal suite. The mansion is surrounded by a lush lawn where you can hold your wedding ceremony before moving to the nearby terrace for cocktail hour. Finally, for dinner and dancing, you'll move into the carriage house, a refurbished 1873 barn with two fireplaces.
Quonquont Farm in Whately, Massachusetts
Quonquont Farm's 5,000-square-foot barn was built in the 19th century but fully restored and updated with beautiful lighting in 2011 to be used for special events. The 200-acre farm couldn't be more picturesque with it's blueberry bushes, peach trees, and fields of flowers, plus birds, otters, and more other animals that live on the property. Your reception can take place in the barn, while your ceremony might be on the lawn or within the apple orchard. The hand-laid flagstone patio, meanwhile, is a popular spot for cocktail hour.
The Red Barn at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts
Located in west-central Massachusetts, The Red Barn at Hampshire College was built in 1820 and became an event venue when the college opened in 1970. Today, the event space still features its original wide-panel wood flooring and post-and-beam structure, plus the addition of modern heating and cooling making it a space that can cater to events year-round. The barn can host both ceremonies and receptions, but there's also outdoor space on a deck with views to Mount Holyoke for cocktail hour, as well as a grassy outdoor ceremony spot below a tall oak tree. As for the cuisine? You can expect farm-to-table fare from the venue's in-house caterers.
Smith Barn in Peabody, Massachusetts
Smith Barn is enveloped by 250 acres of orchards and rolling hills making it the ideal spot for a rustic wedding. The renovated historical barn offers plenty of space for dinner and dancing. Just across the street from the barn the Peabody Historical Society's Woodland Gardens make for a peaceful wedding ceremony site filled with bright blooms or fall foliage depending on the season. Another perk of Smith Barn: weddings here can run until midnight so get ready to dance the night away.
Smolak Farms in North Andover, Massachusetts
Set on 125 acres, Smolak Farms is a classic New England barn setting with abundant charm. On your wedding day, hold your ceremony under a white pergola surrounded by breathtaking views of the apple orchard. Then proceed into the antique white barn for cocktail hour or have it out on the grounds surrounded by pine trees. Smaller wedding receptions can also take place in the barn, or for larger receptions, prop up a tent out on the grounds.
Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, Massachusetts
Zukas Hilltop Barn has indoor and outdoor space surrounded by rolling hills and wooded trails. In terms of outdoor reception space, there's a twinkle-light-filled tent outfitted with a black and white checkered floor. It can also be enclosed and heated on cooler nights. Inside, meanwhile, the barn-like event space flaunts raw wood beams, a stone fireplace, abundant windows, red maple flooring, and a double-sided fieldstone fireplace. For dinner the property provides in-house catering and produces many of its own produce and herbs. It's also committed to sustainability efforts through recycling and composting practices. Lastly, Zukas Hilltop Barn has a day spa that you can reserve for getting ready on your big day.