Ne­wark cou­ple con­vert­ing Md. farm into wed­ding venue

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ches­

A Ne­wark cou­ple re­cently bought a Mary­land farm and is work­ing to con­vert it into a con­fer­ence cen­ter and wed­ding venue.

Lo­cated at 80 Rick­etts Mill Road near Elk­ton, Rose­wood Farm is the for­mer home of Ter­rapin Sta­tion Win­ery. Ter­rapin Sta­tion, which opened its tast­ing room in June 2010 and hosted old-time base­ball games each year, was hit by a spring storm in 2013 that laid havoc to its grape vines. Af­ter try­ing to keep the busi­ness afloat, own­ers Mor­ris and Janet Zwick ul­ti­mately chose to close in the fall of 2015.

Rick and Anne Bid­dle, who live in the Chris­tianstead neigh­bor­hood, bought the 44-acre prop­erty with the plan to re­store the barn and cel­e­brate its his­tory. It was not to be, how­ever.

“So we said, ‘Let’s re­build the barn on top and keep the foun­da­tion of the bank barn,’” Rick said.

Hori­zon Builders care­fully de­con­structed the more than cen­tury-old barn to pre­serve as much of the wood as pos­si­ble for fu­ture uses on site. The new barn will have three lev­els, as well as mod­ern heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion, plumb­ing and electric.

“But we’ll keep the quaint­ness,” Rick said.

Mean­while, the process is un­der way for a 6,000-square­foot con­fer­ence cen­ter to be built by Con­estoga Builders. That will make Rose­wood Farms avail­able for re­cep­tions, large meet­ings and pri­vate par­ties, but also pub­lic events.

“We want to get the com­mu­nity in­volved,” Rick said.

The Bid­dles also have their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren in­volved in the new fam­ily busi­ness. Anne en­vi­sions Rose­wood Farms be­com­ing part of des­ti­na­tion wed­dings where fam­i­lies can come from all over for the cer­e­mony, but also take ar­ranged tours to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Bal­ti­more and Philadel­phia.

Rose­wood Farms ex­pects to be­gin host­ing events this sum­mer.

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