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 the 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, that's when we decided we couldn't keep this gem to ourselves, so Windgate Weddings was born. With my background in art and 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. Proceeds go back into the barn so it can be enjoyed for generations to come. We have big dreams for this place and hope to be a part of your special day .
Behind The Name
One day 'someone' was out with the horses and forgot to lock the gate... the wind decided to pick up and pushed the gate open. Our two very excited horses decided it would be a perfect time to meet all the neighbors! The horses ran everywhere, everyone pitched in and seemed to find it quite hilarious. Luckily they didn't go far so with everyone's help they were back in the pasture before I returned home from running errands. 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. In 2021, we became a heritage property. In 2022, we replaced the metal on the south side of the barn roof with western cedar shingles, bringing back the original look of the barn.