Hansen Hill is a historic property turned wedding venue that started booking weddings in 2021, this one with a country-chic bent. “My goal has always been to keep the farm in the family,” says Norman Hansen, the current owner of Hansen Hill. “This is a fifth generation farm which was established in 1908. Today we operate as both The Barn at Hansen Hill, the venue, and as a 200 acre hay farm providing hay for horses, sheep and other livestock.”
So how, exactly, did a century-old hay farm in Johnsonville come to offer elegant country weddings for up to 300 guests? It took a friend in the restaurant business to open Hansen’s eyes to the bridal goldmine he was sitting on. But once he had the idea to turn his property into a wedding venue, Hansen dove headfirst into building a nearly 6,000 square foot barn, completing construction in the spring of 2021.” Fortunately, the pandemic has not affected us at all,” he says. “We were building during the worst part of it” – that is, before timber prices skyrocketed last year – “and were able to reopen in tandem with the reopening of much of the world”.
The Hansen Hill barn was also able to open in a way that made couples concerned about COVID feel safe. “You can get married outdoors overlooking the hills with a mountainous backdrop or inside our spacious barn,” Hansen says of her social distancing-friendly venue with customizable packages. “If you want to ride horses and buggies, come in a hot air balloon or have a spectacular fireworks display, we can do it all.”