In today’s episode of Covering Coastal Carolina, we explore Jacksonville’s newest, most unique wedding and event venue, The Rustic Barn at Half Moon. Opened on January 13th, The Rustic Barn offers both indoor and outdoor event space for any type of major event, such as weddings, celebrations, and formal events.
We visit with Katelyn Griffith, The Rustic Barn’s Venue and Events Assistant, who recounts the origin story, what makes this place so special, and what services they offer.
Even though the doors may have opened in January of 2020, the owners (ELJ Farms) dreamt of an idyllic, elegant venue, perfect for weddings, and even drew up the plans. The only issue, was that the land was (at the time) being used as a 9 hole golf course, Fletcher’s Landing. It wasn’t until the State of North Carolina threatened Eminent Domain, that the owners took action, and started turning their plans into reality.
While the name “Rustic Barn” might invoke images of burlap and hay, it’s anything but. The moment you walk through their doors, the first thing you notice is their chandelier, Ms. Carolina. She is one of the many unique features that makes this place so special. With over 9000 individually hand cut crystals, it took 3 men to finish Ms. Carolina, but her beauty is like no other.
The Rustic Barn at Half Moon is also the only wedding venue in the area to offer both bridal and grooms suites, elopement packages, and indoor and outdoor reception areas. They also have a full, industrial sized kitchen, a top of the line Bluetooth sound system, a full bar, and audio/visual equipment.
Come Halloween, they’ll host a pumpkin patch, and during the holiday season they will also have a Christmas Tree patch. This venue was one of our favorite places to film, and the staff one of our favorites to work with.
The Rustic Barn at Half Moon is located at 133 Batting Cage Trail, Jacksonville, NC, 28540, right off Gum Branch Rd. The Rustic Barn at Half Moon is available by appointments (https://rusticbarnathalfmoon.com)
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