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Want to break from tradition, create a day, an experience that is unique and set apart? Come visit the 1932 Barn at Historic Hodges Farm in Charlotte.  Where the feel of yesterday meets the style of today. Simple and fun, yet creative and elegant. Sound  like you? Let's get together!


Our extensive hand-crafted collection of rustic, vintage, and eclectic decor comes to life when it is partnered with the vision you have for your special day.  We join with you to create "your" dream wedding... that perfect representation of who you are as individuals and as a couple.  


Whether you choose calligraphy or chalking, our goal is to create that invitation or sign that  expresses your personal design style.  Want more? Bring your friends or make new ones while you learn beginning  calligraphy and/or chalking at The Lodge.


It's not just what we eat, it's how we eat.  Slow down, relax and take time to enjoy yourself, those around your table and the food you are about to share.  Bring a bit of our farm home to savor or choose to join us here for the breaking of bread with friends old and new.  

You've got your venue! Now it's time to bring your wedding and reception design to life... all your searching, planning and "pinning" are about to culminate in a unique, one-of-a-kind design that reflects, along with your dress, your food and your vows, who you are.  

Big or small, rustic or elegant, boxed and ready for you to pick up, or delivered with set-up and tear-down...we've got you covered. Each package, from Traditional to Platinum, is selected by you from our wide selection of hand-crafted, unique design and decor items.

If it is wood, glass, tin or burlap...chances are we have it! And if we don't, show us a "pin" and we may be able to create it for you.    


                        TRADITIONAL: $750.00

                        TRADITIONAL: $750.00



Large Center Piece, 2 Side Center Pieces, 1 Accent Piece, 2 Candle Holders (candles included)

Your Choice of Burlap or Lace Center Squares 

Selection of Silk/Dried Flowers

                           SILVER: $1000.00

                           SILVER: $1000.00


Traditional Package Plus:

Assorted Paper Lanterns

Choice of unique Table #s, including Seating Chart Display

Gift Table Decor featuring: Gift Card and Program Signage, with your choice of our Vintage or Rustic Card and Program Displays 

                        GOLD: $1250.00

                        GOLD: $1250.00


Silver Package Plus:

Featuring your choice of 10 shepherd’s Hooks or 10 Rustic Yard Stakes 

Open Seating Signage 

Flower Girl Bucket or Basket and Ring Bearer Box or Pillow

Your choice of Communion Goblet and Tray, Unity Sand Dispensers, or Unity Candle Stand

                      PLATINUM: $1500.00  

                      PLATINUM: $1500.00


Gold Package Plus:

Food Service Decor: Choose from a variety  of Display Containers for your disposable Plates/Napkins/Silverware. Also includes Food Signage 

Cake Table Decor: Choose from Cupcake Stands, Cake Stands, Tree Slices, and Wooden Crate Displays.  Also includes Cake Knives, Glass or Medal Fork and Napkin Holders with Accents to match table decor

Bride and Groom Table Accents including: Mr. & Mrs. Signage and Wine Glasses

                               ~ALA CARTE~ 

                               ~ALA CARTE~ 


Interested in renting something not included in our packages? The items listed below are available as stand alone rentals: 

Tree Slices ~ Photo Display ~ Spools ~ Trunks ~ Sparkler Send Off ~ Popcorn Bar ~ Fire Pit ~ Candy Bar ~ Pallet Sofas ~ S’mores Set ~ Outdoor Games ~ Program Chalk Board ~ Arbor ~ Drink Station ~ Ivory Blankets ~ Day of Event Coordinator 

Prices Reflect a 24 Hour Rental with Pick-Up and Drop-Off from the Sassafras Design Center


Leave it to Us with Delivery, Set-Up & Tear-Down by our Staff for $500.00


1932 Barn Venue Bookings Receive a 50% Discount on all Packages with 

Staff Delivery, Set-Up & Tear Down Included at no Charge

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We’ve joined the small and quiet movement that is returning to our roots and the simple pleasures of homestead farming. We believe that we, as well as our animals, should spend more time outdoors, enjoying life at its purest. Whether you choose to bring some of our bounty home to share with family and friends at your table or come join us at ours... we can't wait to feed you!  



       Farm to Table Dinners              

Join us on our farm on April 18, 2015 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm, as we partner with local guest chefs, vintners, brewers, and fellow farmers to bring you a special night of food and friends. Scroll down the page for details and menu.....
Cost:  $110/pp

Number of Reservations

Click CONTACT US at the top of this page or use PayPal above to reserve your spot as tickets are going VERY fast!


       Farm Fresh Chicken, Turkey & Pork

Our chickens and turkeys are hand-started, pasture raised, and individually hand-processed at our farm.  Place your order now.
Cost: $4.00lb
Mike (704) 293-4574
Next Harvest:  March 25, 2015  



The Lodge Farm to Table Dinner


Gather at the barn and meet owners Mike and Lori Diefenbach. Enjoy locally brewed beer from Concord Brewing Co. or a glass of wine from Carolina Heritage Vineyard (North Carolina’s first organic vineyard) as you head out for a walking tour of Green Omnivore Farm at The Lodge!

See the stables and tour the treehouse on your way to visit our heritage breed American Guinea Hogs.  You will also see our latest batch of free-ranging heritage laying chicks and our hand-started, pasture-raised Cornish Cross meat chickens.  Check out our European Honey Bees and raised-bed garden plans!

Back at the Barn, to the amazing backdrop of acoustic guitar by Seth Snider, accompanied by violinist Jade Valcarcel, the team at Roots ( will serve a feast of chicken from our farm with locally sourced farm produce…


Local Beer & Wine


Passed AppetizerS


Fried Chicken Liver

with Horseradish Caramelized Onion & Baby Arugula

Seared Pork Belly

Sweet Potato Biscuit, Sweet Chili Honey

Ginger Carrot Dumpling

Tamari, Ginger Glaze, Fresh Cilantro


Family Style Dinner


Greens, Local Blue Cheese, Crisp Onions, Shaved Carrot,  Smoked Habanero Dressing

Grilled Roots

Grilled Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, & Onions, with a Citrus Herb Vinaigrette

Winter Gratin

Thins Sliced Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squashes, Heavy Cream & Calvander Cheese

Braised Collards

Sliced Thin & Apple Whiskey Braised with Caramelized Onions& Roasted Garlic

Southern Fried Chicken

24 Hour Buttermilk Marinated Fried Chicken Breast with Garlic Rosemary Jus

Cajun Fired Thighs

Cajun Spiced Chicken Thighs, Legs & Wings, baked until just before they fall off the bone & slightly charred over an open flame


Assorted Farmhouse Desserts


Banana Pudding
Fruit and Cream Cheese Pastry
Gluten-free Farmhouse Cookies 

Whether you're looking for save the dates, wedding invitations, or personalized chalk boards/designs, we look forward to chatting with you about your upcoming event... adding that special personalized touch that will communicate exactly what you want to say, and how you want to say it!


We would love to teach YOU how to express your unique style through calligraphy/chalking classes! We would be excited to have you join us at the Sassafras Design studio for one of the following classes offered below. Whether you choose a Thursday evening class out alone, or decide to come with friends to a Saturday extended class with lunch provided, we are the perfect get away spot for time "alone" or to celebrate birthdays, bridal parties, or any other special occasion!  

All classes include your own starter kit and refreshments.


Please click CONTACT US at the top of this page

for more information about our upcoming classes! 

Class Fee:  $75.00/pp


Take a step back in time. The 1932 Barn in Charlotte is that perfect blend of rustic, yet elegant. A wonderful combination of simple design and unique details. What an amazing backdrop for your special day....a day as individual as you are.

Tours available by appointment only.





Located directly in front of the 1932 Barn, the Green offers an open and spacious setting, ideal for an outdoor wedding ceremony. Our beautiful wood and wrought iron Arbor with chandelier can be decorated to your taste, then placed directly in front of the barn doors to add an elegant touch to your ceremony, or choose the rustic simplicity of a ceremony in front of a towering oak tree. Hand-made benches are set for your guests, with smaller groups (up to 80) having the option to be seated on beautiful wooden church pews or wrought iron chairs. 


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This historic barn showcases the elegant simplicity of the architecture of the 20's and 30's. Crystal chandeliers will draw your eye to the soaring, arched ceiling. Seating your guests at our rustic 12' wooden tables will leave plenty of room for food service and dancing. 





Adjacent to the barn, the Annex is perfect for anyone wanting an elegant, indoor ceremony site. It can be seated with our hand-made benches or wrought iron chairs. Overhead chandeliers line the aisle way. The arbor is also available for use at this site. This is also our "go to" spot in case of inclement weather (no need to worry about tent rental). For those brides seeking an intimate reception site, this is it. Many brides choose the Annex for the service of their reception food. 



Located to the side of the 1932 Barn, this site is ideal for your "cocktail hour". Serve your choice of beverages at the "Bullpen Bar" while your guests relax on our pallet sofas. We'll be sure to keep guests entertained during your wedding party photography time with ladder ball, horseshoes, and bean bag toss (corn hole). During the cooler months you can even request a bonfire and s'more station. 




An amazing space that embraces that unique combination of rustic and elegant that you are looking for. It is perfectly designed to set the tone for your day. Ample room for everyone, with three individual get ready stations for your bridesmaids and a separate station for the bride, a seating area with a bar and fridge, and a private bathroom. 



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2015 Pricing:

Friday: $4,500

Access to agreed venue sites for up to 6 hours

Saturday: $4,900

Access to agreed venue sites for up to 8 hours

Sunday: $4,500

Access to agreed venue sites for up to 6 hours


Prices include On-Site Venue Coordinator and up to 3 Venue Sites per Event.  We provide Bench Seating at the Ceremony Site, Pallet Sofa Seating at Barnyard for "Cocktail Hour", and 12' Farm Tables with Benches for Receptions Serving up to 120 guests

Venue bookings also receive a 50% discount on any Decor Package from our Sassafras Design Center

A non-refundable Deposit of $1,000 is due at contract signing and deducted from your final package price


Please click CONTACT US at the top of this page

if you have any questions about our pricing and venue,

or to schedule a tour!