The Barns at Wolf Trap
The Barns at Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Road
tel:- +1 703 938 8463
web address:- www.wolf-trap.org
The Barns at Wolf Trap :-
Venue type Historic Building
Number of function rooms available for weddings: 1
Function room names and capacities: The Barns at Wolf Trap.
Local accommodation: Hilton McLean, Sheriton Premier at Tysons Corner, Comfort Inn Tysons Corner, Hyatt Regency Reston
Alcohol License Yes
Dedicated wedding planner available Yes
Dance Floor Yes
Evening Reception Facilities Yes
Car Parking Facilities Yes
Tables chairs linens and tableware included
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: All.
Local picturesque areas suitable for wedding photography: Located within a National Park.
Venue History: Made up of 2 adjacent 18th century barns, The Barns is a gift from Wolf Trap's founder, Catherine Filene Shouse, in 1981. Impressed by the acoustical quality of the wooden barn after attending a concert in one in Maine, she wanted to bring the same informal and acoustical setting to Wolf Trap.
She commissioned Richard W. Babcock of Hancock, Massachusetts, a master craftsman and barns historian, to identify 2 barns for relocation at Wolf Trap. He found the barns in upstate New York and restored and rebuilt them on their present site using only the 18th century "block and tackle" methods, gin poles, ropes, and manpower. Both barns are made of hand-hewn beams and panels, and the exterior walls have been reversed to show over 200 years of weathering.
The largest of the 2 barns is the German barn which serves as the theater, seating 284 on the threshing floor and another 98 in the hayloft. A unique feature of this barn, built around 1730, is the use of a "swing beam." Of German design, the swing beam enabled a team of horses to be turned around into their stalls without obstruction and provided additional support for an extra hayloft above.
The English barn, actually of Scottish design, was built about 1791 and is smaller in size than the German barn. It serves as a general reception area, preserving the tradition of the barn as a site of social gatherings and community functions.
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