In 2013 our family of four, bought the farm with the intent to restore the home and barn for a small hobby farm. Everything was in pretty rough shape but we could see potential in the property as a whole. We put many long hours into restoring the house, the barn and the property. After working on the barn we soon realized how special it really was and that we'd never be able to fill the whole barn with animals. That's when we decided we couldn't keep this gem to ourselves, so Windgate Weddings was born. With my background in design and my husbands in construction, the restoration came naturally to us. Our two children have been there every step of the way and continue to work behind the scenes. In 2019, Toby's mother joined our team to make sure every wedding runs smoothly. All proceeds go back into the barn so it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
One day our daughter, was out with the horses and may have forgot to lock the gate... the wind blew it open. Our two wonderful horses decided it would be a perfect time to meet all the neighbors. She noticed they were out so she ran in the house for help. She, her father and her brother were out rounding them up as I was out running errands. The horses ran up and down the road, in and out of ditches. Cars pulled over to help stop traffic, everyone pitched in and seemed to find it quite hilarious. With everyone's help they were back in the pasture before I returned home. We all agreed the name Windgate seemed appropriate and always reminds us to double check the lock on the gates!
This hand-hewned, timber framed barn measures 60 x 45 feet, with a large unique roof. It has clapboard and metal siding and steel roofing with lighting rods a stone foundation. The main-level floor has an area for a bartender and caterer to set up. From there you have access to the second level of the barn from an impressive staircase. Formerly farmed for apples, cider, cheese then later for dairy cows and small farms, the farm dates back to 1789 though there is evidence that it may have been built as early as October 1726. This Provincial Heritage Property is home to a century old barn that has been restored, updated, wired throughout, inspected and fire marshal approved while retaining its original historic charm. The history can still be seen throughout. Any new lumber used in the restoration has been custom milled to match the old and all reclaimed wood has been given a new life throughout the barn and also made into specialty gifts.