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 barns and home to their original state. Along the way, they fell in love with
For 23 years, my mother and late father, Sandy and Duane Wolfram, 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 suddenly and his wish was to rest on the property which he adored. We were initially denied a permit to create a family cemetery on our farm but we worked diligently to overturn that decision. Soon after, a rumor spread in the community that what we needed to create our cemetery was to have a church on site. It wasn’t long before a knock came to the door. 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. The 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.
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!