About Rustic Oaks
The Rustic Oaks barn is the heart of many of our special events and gatherings. It’s also one of the FM area’s most unique options for hosting weddings, a variety of retreats, business gatherings, social events, and more!
French doors open to beautiful wood floors, chandeliers, lanterns, and the original vaulted timber of the hayloft. Our ADA compliant event center is open year-round, complete with heat & AC, a sound system, and lighting options! Guests and vendors can enjoy our on-site bar, commercial staging kitchen, and elevator! To the north, the barn opens to a beautiful two-story 4-season porch, complete with fireplaces, wood flooring, and skylights!
In 1895, Even and Marit Corneliussen established their home on the banks of the Red River, on the site that is now Rustic Oaks. As newlyweds, and recent immigrants from Norway, they were filled with the hopes and dreams of establishing a new life on the prairies of Minnesota. They built a small home during their first year on the property. This original house (now referred to as “The Homestead”) still adjoins the main home and presently houses the kitchen and master bedroom.
By 1908, as their family grew, a larger home became the dream. There was a large stand of white oaks on the property that provided the opportunity for that dream. They harvested over 200 oaks – that when sold, provided the funds to build their new home. The property was home to two generations of Corneliussens, and then to two generations of Erickson’s from 1974 to 2002.
When the Larsons first saw this property, they realized it had the potential to fulfill their lifelong dreams. After learning the history, the name “Rustic Oaks” originated. The Larson’s hope is that this place can be for you, as it was for the Corneliussen, Erickson and Larson families, a place to remind us of shared dreams and hopes, a place where we can live in congruence with nature, and a place where we can celebrate the connections of families and friends.
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