Newark couple converting Md. farm into wedding venue
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.