Weddings

The Old Carter Barn

Tunkhannock, PA View map Visit website
Rating 5.0 out of 5
   2 reviews
Up to 150 guests

About

Up to 150 guests

The Old Carter Barn is a new wedding venue located in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. Originally a dairy and a turkey farm, the barn had been left vacant for over 50 years. 5-time TONY nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane and composer Lewis Flinn decided to rescue the structure and started a 5 year renovation. They cleaned out 100 years of dirt and muck, straightened the building, restored the post and beams, added windows, replaced floors, fixed the roof, and added staircases. Electric was brought in as well as accessible bathrooms (to be completed in 2022). Full of eclectic charm and details, bespoke light fixtures and drama, the barn is ready to make your wedding a magical event!

Facilities and Capacity

The main level of the barn offers over 3,500 sq feet of flexible use space. There are two main areas, the “new” barn section (1,440 sq feet) faces the lake and is usually used for dinner with a seated capacity up to 132. The adjoining “old” barn section (2,000 sq feet) is the main entrance and features an antique bar in the corner (with refrigerator). This area can be used for a reception area, buffet setup, and after dinner dancing. In addition to an accessible restroom, there is access to a mezzanine level (500sq ft- which could be used for a DJ) and balcony area just for fun. There are built in fans and dramatic lighting throughout as well as a music system with wall mounted speakers ready to connect to your Bluetooth device. We also have over 80 mismatched wooden chairs, several large farm tables, and assorted tables which can be used. Depending on the wedding package chosen, more tables and chairs and linens can be supplied to accommodate any guest count.

A staircase leads to the lower level (3,500 sq feet) where there is a private wing which includes its own bathroom, an air conditioned “bridal suite”, a wedding party hang out space, and a “grooms” room. There are also men’s and women’s restroom facilities and a large area designated for catering prep with tables and refrigerator.

The lakefront gazebo, built in the late 1800’s, has also been lovingly restored and offers a perfect setting for wedding ceremonies complete with hay-bale benches for guests overlooking Lake Carey. An adjoining 500 square foot hand-laid stone patio can be used for a pre or post ceremony reception where guests can mingle and watch the bald eagles and blue herons fly by.

At an additional charge, the Old Carter Barn offers the Lake Carey Chapel, which is available for religious couples and is 1.5 miles from the barn.

Services Offered

This wedding venue provides wooden chairs (90) and large farm tables (seating for 60) for every wedding activity. Depending on the wedding package chosen, additional chairs and tables can be included or rented by the user as well as help with event planning and design. The Old Carter Barn is delighted to host ceremonies, receptions, showers, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners. Additionally, they provide parking and parking attendents, dressing rooms and ample space for catering preperation.

  • LGBTQ+-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$3,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Parking
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

150

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Barn
Farm/Ranch
Historic Building
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October
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    Rachel K. Married on 07/03/2021
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    "It was like A Midsummer Night's Dream"

    Lewis and Doug are two fantastic and talented hosts with this charming old barn set in the heart of Lake Carey. This barn has been in Doug's family for a long time and they refinished it with a vision for music, the arts, and love. My husband and I found them by chance as he grew up at Lake Carey. It also features a very romantic and old gazebo lake side. I had a dream of a simple wedding set somewhere unique - somewhere that essentially decorated itself. I am not much for over the top decor, traditions, trends... I just wanted something whimsical and timeless... artistic, unique, and fun. We got to see the barn before the renovations and I fell in love. I would have been happy with that - but then Lewis and Doug brought in a great team. Now it's complete with fans, a sound system, chandelier, lighting, bar, dressing rooms, etc. It is incredible and the barn and the owners curated my dream bohemian, old-timey, fairytale, barn wedding. I wouldn't change a thing. To boot, I still get to visit the barn and Lewis and Doug because they will have art shows, and even Broadway musicals there.
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    Luke N. Married on 12/28/2018
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    Beautiful!

    This venue is absolutely stunning! With the gorgeous backdrop of Lake Carey, it makes for the most beautiful wedding photos. The barn itself is so versatile, spacious and couldn't be more perfect for any event! The cherry on the cake is the wonderful gazebo that makes for absolutely stunning couple photos.

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Team

Lewis  Flinn
Lewis Flinn
owner

Douglas Carter Beane grew up on the Old Carter Farm which his grandparents bought in the 1950's and used as a turkey farm. When Doug inherited the property in 1998, the property and old barn had been empty since the late 1970's. Lewis Flinn, his husband, and he would look up at the old crumbling structure and wonder what to do with it. They work as a playwright and composer of Broadway musicals and live in New York City and renovating the barn was never a priority. Finally, they bit the bullet and in 2017, they found John McNamara Construction and began a 3 year renovation. When Covid hit and theater shut down, the family moved full time to the Farm and used the barn renovation as their creative outlet. The project just grew and grew. Windows were added, light fixgtures created, electricity brought in, bars and balconies added. They floated a 100 year old gazebo across the lake and renovated that as well! They are exicited to finally share the Old Carter Barn with the community and create joyous memories for couples of all types in this special space.

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Map

235 Shore Drive Tunkhannock, PA, 18657
9174408598
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The Old Carter Barn frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Old Carter Barn?

The Old Carter Barn includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Parking
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of The Old Carter Barn in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Old Carter Barn for wedding events is known for:
  • Barn
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Historic Building
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Old Carter Barn for wedding events?

The Old Carter Barn offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does The Old Carter Barn offer?

The Old Carter Barn offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Old Carter Barn offer for wedding events?

The Old Carter Barn offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors

What furniture and decorations does The Old Carter Barn have available for wedding events?

The Old Carter Barn offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Old Carter Barn and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Old Carter Barn is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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