The Milk Barn is located in the rural Bethany community of Reidsville, North Carolina - rich in the beauty and agricultural history of the local area. The farm is currently owned by Kenneth and Laurie Wright, who are part of a 4th generation dairy farm still in operation a few miles up the road. The barn has been retired from milking for the last four decades, but still whispers back to what it was like in the dairy industry in the mid part of the 20th century.
The farm originally entered the Wright family in 1938, when it was purchased by Reid Wright, an extended family member of the current owner. Reid and his wife, Eva, lived and farmed the land, making many improvements to the property over the years. They milked cows, grew tobacco, and produced a variety of other farm products. They also raised two daughters on the farm, Carolyn and Kay Wright. When Reid and Eva stopped farming in the 1980’s, Kenneth and his brothers at Wright Dairy began farming the property, and using the barn to store hay. The farm was purchased in 2005 by Kenneth and Laurie, and continues to be used for farm operation today. Wheat, corn, sorghum, hay, and soybeans are all grown in rotation throughout the back fields, along with a patch of sunflowers that are planted at least once a year.
In 2016, a family affair began to restore the barn for Kenneth and Laurie’s youngest daughter’s wedding. With the help of dear family and friends, the property was transformed and ready for its first wedding in early September. After experiencing the joy and celebration that filled the barn, the Wrights’ three daughters, Katie, Megan and Mallory, and their husbands, Seth, Ben and Jordan, decided to open The Milk Barn up to the public as an event venue. So a new family business began in 2018, coincidentally 80 years following the original purchase of the land by the Wright family.