By Cassandra Key
Forever begins at Walkers Mill Vineyard & Winery, a unique, natural haven resting on the rolling wooded 74 acres of the Lane Ranch in northwestern Harrison County. Surrounded by a lush forest of towering trees, wild muscadine vines, and the great southern red oak, aptly named Promise Oak (which proudly crowns the center of the vineyard grounds), Walkers Mill attracts couples looking for the perfect place to say, “I do.”
The vineyard is the realization of a dream of owners Art and Adriana Strahan. Originally purchased in 2010 and still the family’s residence, the main house is built in a Louisiana plantation-style with a wrap-around porch. After their wedding on the grounds in 2011, the couple slowly began to transform the home and surroundings into an even grander memory-making place. In 2016, the first muscadine vines were planted, and like the vines that elegantly trail and climb in growth, Walkers Mill Vineyard & Winery is growing from dream to reality. In fact, the Strahan’s oldest daughter was married under the branches of Promise Oak, and it was from that point that the family began welcoming others to share in the Mill’s natural beauty.
Named after the nearby community, Walkers Mill is a peaceful place where people can connect with nature, have a wonderful experience, and recharge their energies. Adriana says, “Our vision for this place is for it to be more than just a place for people to visit, but rather a place to find peace.” And visitors are sure to find peace within the all-natural indoor and outdoor venues.
The breathtaking Mill Barn, with its towering columns of Douglas Fir, supports a roof that is 40 feet overhead and is crowned with a seven foot crystal chandelier. The interior is apportioned with pine, fir, aspen, and iron, giving the space a natural, warm and rustic feel.
The barn can comfortably seat up to 350 people inside, and there is a sprawling outside deck to accommodate even more guests. The venue also offers a full kitchen, private bridal suite, and separate groom’s suite.
Couples will enjoy the ample barn space for dining and dancing, but also the comfortable and cozy feeling the venue has to offer. Walkers Mill provides the country elegance for events that only a barn can deliver, while at the same time allowing design flexibility to accommodate a wide variety of tastes. Art Strahan emphasizes that, “Care has been taken at every point throughout construction to avoid overusing any decorating style or theme. Our purpose was to create a space that can be formal and elegant or down-home country and anything in between. It all depends on the occasion.”
Walkers Mill understands that every couple has unique needs for their wedding plans and the team is honored to assist with as much or as little as needed. “Our experience will help the couple create a package that ensures they are getting exactly what will benefit and encompass their specific vision,” Adriana says.
To help couples create a lifetime memory, Walkers Mill is equipped with a team that is more than capable of designing a wedding package that is reflective of the couple’s style and budget. “We love bridging the gap between what is in the couple’s head and what works for their budget, all while maximizing the overall style of the event.”
Even though Walkers Mill Vineyard & Winery is a relatively new event venue in East Texas, “word of mouth” has spread fast and they already have weddings booked into 2019. Needless to say, couples interested in hosting their wedding and/or reception at Walkers Mill should inquire as soon as possible. Clients can also book for other kinds of events: Social, Corporate, Birthday, Reunion, Debutantes, get-togethers etc.
The vineyard area of Walkers Mill is currently being expanded with construction underway to add to the beauty and charm of this very special place. What sets this vineyard apart is the love and intent behind its development. The rich symbolism of the vine plays an integral part in not only the vineyard, but in everything at Walkers Mill. “Only a short walk among the vines brings to mind how this simple plant became one of the most clear and powerful analogies of God’s love that we know,” Art shares, referring to John 15:5. The newest addition at Walkers Mill are nature trails through the vineyard and forest encouraging visitors to walk and explore, stop and breathe, meditate and pray.
It’s clear that the Walkers Mill family and team love what they do and do what they love. “We pour love into all we do and it’s rewarding to hear our customers say that they can ‘feel’ the love as they walk around the venue,” Adriana says. “It is a privilege to help them not only make their dreams come true, but exceed their expectations. We realize that our customers have chosen one day for their event and we have one chance to make it memorable and perfect.”
And with a venue that exudes so much love and natural beauty, there is simply no better place to celebrate one of the most meaningful days of a couple’s lives.