The Barn at Madison
From day one to closing, to have the same contact, be talking to the same person, very clear instructions on what they needed from us, it was probably one of the smoother processes we’ve had.
Never, in 10 years coordinating trade shows, had Christine Dressman crossed the threshold of a venue as enchanting as The Barn at Madison. Built in 1799, it radiates antebellum charm on its 3.5-acre grounds, while two centuries of historic hand-me-downs create a “gallery-style experience” inside, Christine says. “I’ve never seen anything like it before.” The longtime wedding venue was for sale, offering a perfect opportunity to marry her events talent with other family members’ experience in real estate operations and maintenance.
The seller had a tight timeline, and a banker indicated that a loan “might be a challenge,” Christine says. Her real estate agent steered her to The Progress Fund, which loaned $539,500.
The Barn can host rehearsal dinners, accommodate the wedding party overnight and them host as many as 150 guests for the ceremony and reception, making it a perfect place for a hassle-free celebration. Christine’s family is adding more in-house services, even as it improves the landscaping and renovates a chalet. “I really feel like the universe puts you where you’re supposed to go,” Christine says, “and all of this has come together so nicely.”