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Oak Knolls Manor
The Story of Oak Knolls Manor
Dan and Julie Welch purchased Oak Knolls Manor in November of 2014. The Federal Colonial home was built in 1890 by the Davin family. The Davin’s had a vision of starting a large dairy farm. The Davin family ironically is related to Dan and Julie as Dan’s grandmother was a Davin. Dan’s father (Dan Welch Sr.) would work on the farm as a child to earn extra money in the summer.
The famous Wells Barn was built in the early 1900’s and is one of the largest Barns in Livingston county. The wells barn has cathedral ceilings and a stage area where farmers would have yearly square dances with their families and friends.
The Davin family would host weddings at Oak Knolls Manor at the farm in the early 1900’s. The home lent itself well to entrainment as the front porch would serve as the drop off point for the bride before she was married. After the wedding, the couple would leave for their honeymoon from the front porch to be picked up by horse and buggy.
Dan and Julie fell in love with the old barn and the history that came with it. It was a place of wonder and awe! The vision began during their first tour and slowly has evolved over the past three years. The barn was full of old furniture, leftover wood remnants, junk, car parts, carpeting, a car, and lots of bat and bird droppings. Over the summer of 2015, dumpsters were brought in and Dan, Julie and family began cleaning out the old large barn. By the summer of 2016, the barn was cleaned out and the work on the foundation began. The lower barn floor was cemented and cleaned out to look new. New floors were put in on the stage and main areas of the big barn and they were burned with a blowtorch and varnished.
The Spring of 2017 was an exciting time, as the barn which had only one outlet and light, was brought up to today’s lighting standards with multiple outlets and plenty of lighting. Large windows were installed on the East side of the barn to bring in natural light and to encapsulate the breathtaking views of the Genesee Valley. The barn continued to take shape and the vision kept growing as we navigated the codes and requirements to become an established business within the Town of Caledonia, NY. The plans became more detailed and the vision grew from being a basic wedding barn to an elegant country estate and event venue.
The story continues as the vision grows and the last stage of construction is in progress. For this final stage we are installing a new roof, adding two large decks, one to overlook the east and the other deck with views of the west. ADA compliance will be a “must have” as we will have ADA parking and indoor bathrooms to accommodate events for up to 250 guests.
The home has been remodeled and preserved with its old charm and character. Every detail has been thought out and carefully designed. The flow of the property and venue is critical to having a successful event. We appreciate and value hard work and ethical business, and we have created a list of companies that we work with who carry this same standard. It is our goal to provide a unique experience where family and friends can relax and enjoy quality time together. A lot of time, planning and money go into a wedding or event and the group that stays here should be allowed to take their time, enjoy the views and relax. We are excited to begin our new adventure and we hope to be a place where families can create memories for years to come.
To learn more about us, please go to our website: www.oakknollsmanor.com