Our Story


“Murchison Farm has been in our family for 150 years. Our great grandfather had dairy cows and sheep. My grandfather converted it to a dairy farm and when he retired my father took over. After my father passed away in 1993, my mother kept the farm operating for a few more years. My sister, my brother-in-law, my husband and I converted the dairy farm into a Black Angus beef farm. We have grown and now have approximately 60 cattle grazing our land!

Our Family (from left): Ron, Janet, Lindley, Robin, Alyson, Ryan, Parker, and Kim

Over the years, our farm has been a gathering place for our family. We have enjoyed hosting family events, friends, and our children’s friends. It was a welcoming place for our college age children to entertain their friends. In fact, my niece became engaged in 2019 to a wonderful man she met at a social gathering on the farm! It became her wish was to get married there. That was when our planning began.

We discussed building a pole barn, then possibly having a barn raising by the Amish, and then the final decision was to build a timber frame barn and use it for a wedding venue. Ron Sytz, my brother-in-law, and Logan Parker of Heirloom Builders were in charge of the design.

Construction started in April 2020 in hopes of it being completed by her wedding date of October 2020. Due to COVID-19, construction and her wedding were delayed. Our beautiful barn and the landscaping is now complete! We think it is breathtaking, especially with the rolling hills, pastures and ponds. We are excited to host our niece’s wedding here in March 2021 and many more weddings and events for years to come!

Our family has worked diligently to make this venue a special place. Everyone has been hands-on with the decision making, planning, and manual labor! It is our hope and dream to be able to share the results of our vision and hard work with others.” – Robin Cockerham, Owner – Hayfield at Murchison Farms