a legacy that started in 1865
The year was 1865….. the end of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated just after being inaugurated into his second term, Lewis Carroll published “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery…. and George and Elizabeth Stevens, newly married, built the barn that is today known as Harvest Moon Pond. A few years later, and not too far from Lowville, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Frank Lloyd Wright would be born & make their own mark on Wisconsin & American history.
Over the years, the barn, farmhouse, outbuildings (to include an old smokehouse & the original Lowville Town Hall) and surrounding property were home to horses, dairy cows, sheep, chickens, hogs, an apple orchard, and five generations of family. The barn itself received an addition in 1905, almost doubling its size, and the silo that stands steadfast & adjacent to the barn, was added in the early 1960’s.
Fast forward to 2012: Gary & Renee Whirry (Renee is a 5th generation descendent of George & Elizabeth Stevens) purchased the barn. With heart, passion and an incredible work ethic, Gary & Renee transformed the barn into a beautiful wedding venue and event center they called The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond. They not only preserved the barn’s historic charm, they enhanced it with all of the modern amenities. With the help of two giant willow trees, a spring fed pond and an old windmill, the Whirry’s created a stunning park-like setting that serves as the perfect backdrop for outdoor weddings & events.
The Whirry’s are now retired and have bestowed the new owners, Brian & Stephanie, with running the successful business and continuing the Lowville & family legacy that started over 150 years ago.
New Tradition That Honors Our History
We started a new tradition at Harvest Moon Pond and are so excited! It is important to us that we preserve the historic charm of the beautiful 1865 barn, honor the legacy of the families who started it all, and now we are thrilled to add to the history at Harvest Moon Pond in our own way. All of the couples who get married here become a part of our history and the horseshoe will be our symbol. Learn more
building on history
When we learned the property was for sale, Brian was the first to see it and being the visionary he is… he knew instantly this place was special! We both fell in love with the history of the property, loved the modern amenities and couldn’t get over how stunning the barn and property were. It was hard to believe we live only 20 minutes away and had never heard of this incredible place.
Although we officially became owners in December of 2019, we had the privilege of learning from & shadowing the previous owners for several months prior. When they opened the wedding barn in 2012, they were one of just a handful in Wisconsin and truly were experts, so we feel incredibly blessed to have learned from them.
Brian went to culinary school and worked many years in the hospitality industry running restaurants in the Madison area before transitioning to a career as a mortgage lender. His passion to create experiences for others has remained and it brings him so much joy to be back in the industry again! He continues to work full time and working at Harvest Moon Pond is what he does for fun on the weekends:)
I have always had a passion for helping and serving others also. I was previously a Registered Nurse before transitioning to building a Mary Kay business and real estate career. I feel like my previous work experiences have prepared me for this next season in life at Harvest Moon Pond.
Brian & I live in Sun Prairie and have 2 children. Our daughter is in College and our son is in high school. We are active in the local community, are driven by our faith, and share a love for travel. Although we have always shared a love for entertaining, hosting, and serving others, we never knew our journey would lead us to owning a wedding venue, but we are loving every minute of it!
We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to carry on the Harvest Moon Pond legacy and to help others create VERY special memories!
We look forward to sharing the Harvest Moon Pond experience with you!!
a modern venue with historic charm
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
We are the real deal! A beautiful old traditional barn with historic charm and all of the modern amenities you’ll need to make your day perfectly perfect.
When you choose our venue, you get to choose! While we provide you with a list of preferred vendors that have a consistent reputation for service and quality, you still get to choose! You can choose from our list or you can choose your own, with no added fees!
What you see is what you get! All of the amenities are included in one price. We don’t charge extra for the ceremony, tables (oak tops and are handmade!), chairs (real wood chairs), set up, audio equipment, stage, or bar service, AND we don’t set minimums for how much money you have to spend on food, catering, or beverages. In 2021 you can bring in your own beer and wine and it wouldn’t change your price or what we charge.
Want an outdoor wedding but don’t want the stress of dealing with unpredictable weather? No worries, we’ve got you covered…. literally! Our barn has commercial air conditioning and heating and plenty of space in the loft area for an indoor ceremony at any time of year and at no added cost!
You don’t just get the barn; you get the outdoor space, too! Guests can frolic, play yard games, explore the nature trail, sit by the fire, enjoy the outside patio bar area, or just enjoy the beauty of the 10+ acres. Best of all, there are literally hundreds of locations on the property that serve as a perfect backdrop for keepsake photos.
Most importantly, complete customer satisfaction! Since the barn has hosted over 570 weddings, we are an established and successful wedding venue and we have some of the highest customer ratings as seen on facebook & wedding wire!
We are a family run business and we genuinely want to be a part of your special day. Stephanie is waiting here at the barn to meet you for a tour:)
“I couldn’t have dreamed of a more gorgeous barn venue. Their place has all the charm of a real barn on the inside, with the year-round comfort of an insulated, heated/cooled, newly constructed facility. Absolutely beautiful grounds for taking photos, too.” – Emily, bride