BY TESS CURRY
PHOTO BY MEGAN TRAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY
Crisp, white walls seem to reflect the bountiful natural light that spills in through a multitude of oversized windows. The sunlight gives the polished cement floor a warm glow that invites you to stay a while in this elegant, welcoming space.
Once home to the Reynolds family’s beloved dairy cows, The Barn at Reynolda Village was the site of Reynolda Dairy, one of the most modern dairy operations in the country. Reynolda Dairy proudly used experimental automatic milking machines; its white-tiled milk rooms separated from the rest of the barn, far from germs that might taint the milk.
It will come as no surprise that such forward-thinking ideas were developed by one of the Triad’s most iconic families. The Barn at Reynolda Village was part of Reynolda, the country estate developed from 1912-1917 by Richard Joshua Reynolds and his wife, Katharine Smith Reynolds.
Through the years, the space occupied by The Barn at Reynolda Village has been home to several retail merchants. You would be hard-pressed to find a parent or grandparent in Winston-Salem that didn’t spend time in Rolly’s Children’s Boutique.
So, how does a historic dairy barn turned retail space become transformed into one of the loveliest event venues in North Carolina?
Kenneth Basch, executive director of Wake Forest University Properties, said the renovation of The Barn was actually sparked by requests from the community seeking a unique place to hold weddings, bridal parties, showers and corporate events in Reynolda’s idyllic setting.
The dramatic 2016 renovation resulted in the removal of approximately two-thirds of the second floor which created an open, two-story vaulted banquet room. A well-appointed catering kitchen, spotless restrooms and The Barn’s signature silo are also located on the first floor along with a dining room. The second floor features two unique and comfortable conference rooms that can also function for small celebrations and as dressing rooms.
In addition to all that The Barn at Reynolda Village has to offer, it introduces you to Reynolda Gardens and one of the most exclusive wedding ceremony options in the state. Available only when packaged with The Barn at Reynolda Village, Reynolda Gardens offers the discerning couple the opportunity for a garden wedding ceremony like no other! Just a short stroll from The Barn at Reynolda Village, you and your guests will enjoy two acres of formal gardens which comprise the Greenhouse Gardens, a sunken garden divided into four quadrants complete with grass lawns, border plantings, rose gardens and boxwood hedges, as well as tea-houses, bubbling fountains and pergolas. Deciding exactly where in the gardens to hold your ceremony can be a challenge since every angle offers another stunning backdrop.
Luckily, you and your bridal party will have priority access for photography in the gardens throughout your wedding day, so your photographer can capture every Pinterest-worthy petal, plant and pose!
Taking an iconic historic barn in the center of the ever-charming Reynolda Village and making it a best-of-class event venue was a labor of love. But, Basch and his colleagues knew that hiring a highly customer-focused staff would be its key to success.
Meet Dawn Siverson and Tabatha Renegar. This small but mighty team is comprised of two women who have been colleagues and friends for more than 10 years and are thrilled to be working together at The Barn at Reynolda Village. Dawn and Tabatha met while working in Old Salem; Dawn in preservation and Tabatha in events. Following Old Salem, both were instrumental in opening WinMock in Davie County. Their mutual passion for exceeding guest expectations drew them together and started them on a journey that has included hundreds of special events and delighted clients!
At The Barn at Reynolda Village, you will first encounter Tabatha when she welcomes you to your site visit as if she’s welcoming you into her home! She loves to learn about each client’s event needs and how The Barn at Reynolda Village can perfectly serve him or her. Dawn is responsible for the logistical aspects of the event. From questions about what décor can be hung from the ceiling beams to the best way to arrange your cocktail tables, Dawn is the kind of creative and unflappable operations manager that can make brides, grooms and wedding planners jump for joy!
A gorgeous, bright barn. A historic, lush garden. And, a staff dedicated to making sure your wedding day is memorable, elegant and special.
The Barn at Reynolda Village began its life in the early 1900s as a unique place and has entered a new century of amazing things to come!