Hold your next event in the Gathering Barn.

An ideal location for any special event

The rolling hills of southwest Iowa serve as a peaceful backdrop for events at the Gathering Barn, located at the historic birthplace farm of Henry A. Wallace, U.S. Vice President during World War II. Constructed to resemble typical Iowa barns of the late 1800s, the Gathering Barn can accommodate business, family, and social gatherings with amenities such as air-conditioning, rest rooms, and handicapped accessibility. A large outdoor deck provides a picturesque view that will inspire all types of working meetings and enhance any gathering. The three-quarter mile walking trail connects the barn to the restored Iowa prairie, outdoor sculptures, pond, orchard, vegetable gardens, and floral gardens.

This out-of-the-way location can be the perfect spot for your wedding or reception. Indoor and outdoor spaces can be combined to fit nearly any sized gathering. The barn’s Gathering Room accommodates groups of up to 70 seated at round and rectangle tables or up to 90 theatre-style. The upstairs meeting room seats 30 to 35. Access to the second floor is by stairs or a small lift.

Our chef will create an out-of-the-ordinary menu to fit your taste and budget. And experience staff will fulfill your expectations before and during your special day.

Please call 641.337.5019 or email Lisa Swanson to discuss rental details and receive a price quote.

Tour the Country Life Center

Restored farmhouse The Gathering Barn Restored Iowa prairie “Grasses/Voices” sculpture by Susan Gardels One of the flower gardens 9 acres of restored Iowa prairie.

Rental Rates (Prices subject to change January 1 of each year.)

First floor meeting room:

  • up to 4 hours $135
  • more than 4 and up to 8 hours $175
  • more than 8 hours – staff will provide a quote

Second floor meeting room:

  • up to 4 hours $100

Both first and second floor meeting rooms:

  • up to 4 hours $200
  • more than 4 hours $260

Wedding/Renewal of Vows Events: $300 to $1,500, depending upon specific needs. Make an appointment to discuss details and receive a price quote.
Use of tables and chairs are part of the rental fee.

PLEASE NOTE: Hours of the rental must include set-up time. Rental prices are based on the hours the Barn is used, not just the hours of the event.

A user agreement must be signed. A rental contract is available from the staff. Full payment is expected before using the Gathering Barn, except for businesses or organizations requiring a billing statement.

Ask about food service options for your event. Menus are designed to satisfy the customers taste and highlight local and seasonal ingredients. Contact our staff to discuss menu ideas for your event.

Reservation Information

Telephone: 641.337.5019, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm or weekends by appointment.
Email: Lisa Swanson