Reception Site: German Hausbarn

The Hausbarn is a unique structure that consists of living quarters for not only the family – including bedrooms, sitting, dining and cooking areas – but also areas for housing livestock, farm equipment and feed.

Originally constructed in 1660 in the village of Offenseth in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, the Hausbarn was given to the Manning Heritage Foundation in 1991. The Hausbarn was dismantled in 1996 and shipped to Iowa. Groundbreaking was held in Manning in June of 1997 with Princess Elisabeth of Ysenburg and Budingen, Princess of Schleswig-Holstein, Sonderburg und Glucksburg as an honored guest.

In July of 1999 master carpenter Martin Peter Hansen arrived from Germany to lead a group in the reconstruction of the Hausbarn. Professional thatchers from Germany constructed the roof using reeds grown near the Baltic Sea. The roof has an estimated lifetime of 75 years.

We will not be having the reception in the Hausbarn itself, but it will be open for touring after the wedding ceremony! Thanks so much to the Manning Heritage Foundation! For more detailed information about the reconstruction of the Hausbarn and its history, check out the Foundation's website: www.germanhausbarn.com


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  2. dude this place looks KICK ASS! your right about the German to the max! ;) Woooo sooo excited!