Where it all began…
Tall Oaks Barn was purchased by Bob & Lindy Tarrant in the fall of 2019 as a “dream come true”. They always hoped to own a rustic barn wedding venue. Together with their children they have worked diligently to restore the original farmhouse, small outbuildings, large bank barn and beautiful lake. They have completed phase one of the property restoration and have been hosting weddings and receptions since summer of 2020. There are many more hopeful future plans for the venue, but they are excited about what they accomplished so far. They often have neighbors and frequent Lagamen Lane travelers stop to dote on the work that has been done. Most passerby’s never even knew there was a lake hidden in the overgrown trees and brush! Tall Oaks Barn is truly rustic, simple and beautiful.
BEFORE – 2019
AFTER – 2022
- Opening up the space by removing lofts.
- Installing new pine flooring.
- Adding windows to give the inside more light.
- Creating an outdoor space with the addition of wood-plank stamped concrete patios.
- Helping offset the midwest weather with the installation of 4 large quiet fans and a large gas furnace.
- Addition of a large parking lot for guest convenience
- Remodeling of the farmhouse to accommodate the bride and her bridal party to get ready in.
- Improving the land by clearing trees and brush and digging out the lake.
- Purchasing tables and chairs to accommodate up to 170 guests.
- Building a tree arbor overlooking the lake for those hoping to elope somewhere beautiful!
- Painting the original tin roof
Meet the team…
We are a family owned and operated event venue located in the beautiful countryside of Jersey County, IL. We are a mother-daughter trio working together to make our dreams come true. Our mother, Lindy Tarrant, has long dreamed of owning her own farm with a big red barn to use for weddings and other important events! When the opportunity came up, we decided to make those dreams come true and we started the hard work of restoring this beautiful house, barn, and surrounding property. We believe our venue is the perfect place to have your special day! When you’re at the farm, everything is a little more peaceful, a little more relaxed, and a lot more enjoyable. We have beautiful views of the land, the lake, and the most amazing sunsets in the Midwest. We have worked hard to create a beautiful space for your important moments in life and we specialize in making sure all the details are just right. We are continuously working to improve the venue and promise that the best is yet to come!
Lindy, Property Owner
Lindy, along with her husband Bob, are the property owners of Tall Oaks Barn. The farm house is their permanent residence. They have been married for 35 years and have 3 children: Travis, Alyssa and Lauren. They are also the proud “Nonna and Paw Paw” to 11 grandchildren. Lindy often meets with potential clients for a tour of the venue and she is also around on the event days to answer questions. Bob takes care of the property and can fix pretty much anything that might break!
Lauren mostly works behind the scenes. She oversees the marketing, social media, website, paperwork and helps guide the creative vision for the venue. Lauren also helps with barn renovations. She is married with four beautiful children.
Alyssa, Guest Relations
Alyssa handles most of the communication with potential brides and grooms. If you are emailing or messaging our venue, Alyssa is most often the one you are talking with. She also meets with potential clients for barn tours! She is married with 2 gorgeous girls and 1 sweet little boy.
History of the Barn…
The barn was built in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s and was owned by the Oertel Family and then the Scheffel Family for generations. Both families moved to America from Germany in the mid-1800’s.