It goes without saying that Coronavirus has really put a damper on countless large scale events worldwide. Within the park we’ve had to deal with cancelling some of our biggest and most popular events, from the Easter Egg Hunt, to Big Jeep Thing. And while having to cancel our events is always a bummer, there's something even more disheartening about having to cancel or postpone a wedding due to aspects out of anyone's control. We become so fond of all of our couples, and often work closely with them to make sure their day goes exactly as planned. It is a role that we consider ourselves lucky to have. We want to extend our deepest sympathies to not only our couples, but all the couples nationwide that had to cancel or postpone their weddings due to this unforeseen tragedy. No matter what true love is worth celebrating, and it is our hope that within this time all couples have been able to prosper through this experience and come out stronger than ever before. We look forward to celebrating with all our couples who had to postpone, and meeting all the new couples who choose Harrybooke as their venue. Love is stronger than Corona.
The new year is here and Harrybrooke Park is already moving forward full speed. With 48 full acres and a beautifully persevered house that has been turned into a museum, there is something here for everyone and every occasion! Our Pavilions are rented year round for birthday parties, graduations, reunions, weddings, and various other events; As are the grounds, Harden House Museum, and beautiful Gated Garden. 2020 has already brought us 7 weddings from May - September of this year and a couple more for 2021. Harrybrooke is the wedding venue that has it all, which is why so many lucky couples have had beautiful weddings in our park, and many more continue to have their special day here. There is something to be said about a venue that has its own natural beauty.
In addition to weddings, 2020 has brought us a couple new wonderful staff members, and some exciting new events. Everyone involved is looking forward to what the warmer months will bring, including the peacocks! It goes without saying that Harrybrooke is full of opportunity, so don't wait to have your special day in the park, whatever that may be.
Harrybrooke Park was the home of Frank and Elizabeth Harden from 1943-1965. The home was their 48-acre "retreat" from their bustling life in the city. Frank made his fortune in Irish Linen Handkerchiefs. Frank and Elizabeth were married on property on June 15th, 1943. Which some of you may know if you follow the blog regularly! Frank grew up in Ireland on an estate known as "Harrybrooke." The falls behind the Harden House Museum reminded him of his childhood, which sold him on the property. There are many nods to Ireland, not only in the museum, but throughout the park as well.
When Liz passed in 1964, and Frank followed in 1965, they left their beautiful estate to the people of the town, and not to the town itself.
Interested in more of the history of Harrybrooke and The Hardens? Tours are given by appointment or by chance.
Schedule an appointment today for a tour of the Harden House Museum! There is a suggested $10 donation per visitor, as your donation would be supporting Harrybrooke, a non-profit 501c3 orginazation. As mentioned, Harrybrooke was left to the people of the town, not the town itself, so we are not funded by the town or state. Harrybrooke lives and breathes from 10,000 hours of community service yearly and by your generous donations!
Love is in the air! Our wedding season kicked off strong with back to back wedding weekends! Some would think, "a wedding is a wedding, they are all the same..." but that couldn't be more FALSE! Every wedding is different, especially here at Harrybrooke. These two weddings that we have had couldn't be more different!
It's the beauty of a Harrybrooke Wedding, you can make the day however you'd like - it truly is your day in our eyes.
Arielle Barker (Current)