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

Erin Calabritto, Venue & Sales Manager

When you reach out with a question our Venue and Sales Manager, Erin Calabritto, will be there with answers! Erin brings over ten years of wedding and event management experience, as well as operations expertise and team leadership to her role at Hayfield. She has worked with hundreds of wedding couples at Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort and the Universal Orlando Resort, and managed home and garden events for 20,000+ attendees in Raleigh and throughout the US. Flowers are Erin’s favorite wedding design detail (a close second is the cake) and she loves working on creative corporate events!

Erin’s top wedding and event planning tips for you are: stick to a budget that’s comfortable for you (whatever size it may be), stay true to yourselves in the planning process (it’s your party), and hire professionals to handle your day (stress less and have fun)!

“I look forward to connecting with you to learn more about your event plans. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have a clue where to begin; through our venue planning process at Hayfield, we can confidently aim you in the right direction!” – Erin Calabritto