a 46 year tradition
About 46 years ago, Oak Hill became part of our family. It was purchased as a weekend home but quickly became much more as my parents poured their hearts and souls into restoring the property to its original state. Along the way, they fell in love with collecting antiques and preserving the rich history of the farm.
For 23 years, my mother Sandy and late father, Duane, transformed the 19th century, crumbling farm into a gathering place for their family and friends that rivaled no other. Their eye for detail and love for the natural surroundings enabled them to retain the charm and grace of the estate.
In 1996, my father Duane passed away rather suddenly and his wish was to rest on the property which he adored. Our family’s goal was to create a family cemetery on our farm but the county initially denied us that option. Soon after, a rumor spread that what we needed to gain approval for our cemetery was to have a church on site. It wasn’t long before a knock came to the door and a member of a neighboring church, St. John’s, told us their country church needed a home. The congregation had built a new church and could no longer afford to keep up the old one. Their suggestion was to “take the church and answer all our prayers”.
Our dream was becoming a reality and the county ultimately issued us a permit for our family cemetery. We moved St. John’s church to Oak Hill and placed my father in his final resting ground. My husband Doug and I were the first to be married in the newly restored church and from there we’ve invited many to share in our joy and experience Oak Hill for themselves. The last 20 years of our lives have been touched by the many couples who have been captivated by the magic of Oak Hill. We invite you to do the same. –Becky Riedl
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Our Family Manifesto
Details make all the difference
Kindness feeds the soul
Compassion brings happiness
Good things take time
Life is about the people you meet and the ideas you create with them
Live your dream and wear your passion
Open your mind & heart to new things
Help the next one in line
Be brave – find your way and believe in it
Respect nature, others and yourself
Ambition and determination lead to success
From what was once my childhood weekend home to what is now Oak Hill, I have spent my life loving this farm. I couldn’t be happier raising my children, growing a business and sharing Oak Hill with others. You’ll find me drinking coffee (and wine), hiking with our kids & dogs, and organizing weddings. Simply put, I am so grateful to live a life where I can give love and laugh lots.
Doug is my husband and love of my life. Doug is from upstate New York and we met in Chicago while working at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Doug immediately loved the farm and starting a wedding business was actually his idea! Doug is a beer fanatic, excellent cook and raises Belgian draft horses as a hobby. You’ll find him driving the antique Model A or the horse-drawn carriage during weddings and kicking back on the porch in the evenings.
Sandy is the farm matriarch and my mother! She is the sweetest and most hard working person in the world. She loves this farm with all her heart and it gives her great joy to share it with others. You may notice her gardening at Oak Hill, caring for the farm animals and marrying many of our wedding couples!