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.

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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.

 

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Coming from a family of dairy farmers, it was important to the wright family to preserve the history of this barn as much as possible. The old stanchions in the milking parlor have been left and covered with walnut bar tops. This equipment was iconic to milking in the mid 20th century. These days it serves as a great area for cocktail hour, and a favorite on hot evenings because of the cool breeze that flows through the walkway of the barn. The trough, used to feed dairy cows silage, has been repurposed into a covered buffet table, and the hayloft is a great space for dancing, ceremonies, or dinner.


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The actual barn was constructed in the early 1940’s in a fashion typical for that day with a milk parlor on one end, stalls on the other, and a loft above. On the property also sits an old log cabin that was on the land when it was first purchased by the Wrights. In fact, Reid and Eva lived in this this cabin for about 10 years. Today it has been remodeled and is now used as a bridal suite for weddings.