A wedding ceremony or vow renewal, an intimate reception indoors, or a gala event in our (brand new in 2020!) Pavilion setting… Oak Hill Farm, surrounded by the rolling hills of Jo Daviess County near Galena, Illinois, will provide memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Our storybook setting is located on a quiet country road that winds back into a secluded estate of 170 acres with lush gardens, majestic oak trees and all the unexpected treasures of Oak Hill. Enjoy our 1890’s renovated Barn at Oak Hill, which offers the rare combination of country charm and sophisticated elegance. Wander our forested trails, pine tree path, and gardens while sipping a cocktail. Step back in time while taking a peek at our restored 1851 one-room schoolhouse, our re-created 1800’s General Store, and, of course, St. John’s Chapel, built-in 1868. If you’re dreaming of an outdoor ceremony, we have many options to choose from including our new Woodland Forest location, nestled in the woods among towering walnut and pine trees.
At Oak Hill, we understand that each wedding and event is unique to the person and personalities that are planning such a special day. Each wedding at Oak Hill is treated with great care, tremendous attention to detail, and a congenial attitude from all our staff. No matter what you envision your wedding day to be, the staff at Oak Hill is committed to exceeding your expectations in ambiance and service.
Oak Hill is located just 25 minutes (19 miles) from historic Galena, IL with its exceptional dining, charming old-world B&Bs, modern hotels and abundant AirBnbs with all the amenities and activities to fulfill your adventurous side and day spas to relax away the hours.
Oak Hill can accommodate the intimate to elaborate wedding or event. An 1891 restored Barn serves as a cozy venue for the intimate reception, bridal shower, luncheon, rehearsal dinner or private party up to 50 guests. Views of the pond and stream do not disappoint. For larger parties, our Pavilion – new in 2020- provides an ideal location for events up to 250 people. Dance floor, barrel bar, tables, chairs, chandeliers and bistro lighting are all included (as well as many other design elements!). Heating and cooling options are also available.
Oak Hill features several locations to host an unparalleled Cocktail Hour. Serve signature drinks from the Schoolhouse or Country Store, or let your guests take in the splendor of the Barnhouse, using the decks, lawn and interior space. Utilizing antique wagons and barrels to serve your cocktails and appetizers completes the vintage, elegant atmosphere that Oak Hill is known for.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our peak season, and pavilion reception season, at Oak Hill is May to October. In November and April we host smaller, intimate weddings, corporate events, and parties. We welcome all types of reservations:
- Ceremony-only reservations
- Reception-only reservations
- Ceremony+reception reservations
To request a price quote, or to receive additional information regarding having a wedding at Oak Hill, don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com or call 815-541-2348. Please let us know how many guests and what month or date you’re interested in!
You are welcome to bring in your own vendors! We will also provide with our list of recommended vendors in the area from florists to photographers to caterers and more. Oak Hill does not provide any food or beverage but we do provide licensed bartenders and bar supplies.
In order to confirm a date at Oak Hill, we require a signed contract and $1000 retainer fee. Additional items such as the officiant, rehearsal, carriage, antique car, etc. can be added after the initial contract is signed.
Does your site fee include all reception rental items, such as the tent, tables, chairs, linens and china?
Our package fee includes many options of tables, reception chairs (white resin, Chiavari or wooden benches), dance floor, lighting and bar (not beverages) are included in our package fee. We are happy to offer complimentary coordination of linen and china rental for you through a local vendor but you can also rent these items on your own as needed (some caterers include china in their packages). We also have reclaimed wood “harvest tables” that are an additional fee! Check out our gallery of Design Elements – many are included in our package fee at no additional charge.
There is no guest minimum for any of our packages. Elopements are as popular as are the larger gala events!
Unlike most wedding facilities, you are welcome to bring your own wine, beer, champagne, liquor and soft drinks to Oak Hill. Please remember that the savings on the bar costs alone are huge! We are happy to set up the bar for you and serve your beverages (with a hired licensed bartender that we provide). There are no corkage fees (the average is $8.00 to $12.00 per bottle for corkage alone!). We do require a certificate of Host Liquor Liability from you – contact us for more details.
Catering fees and other vendor fees are priced separately from the Oak Hill package fee. Our package fee covers use of all the grounds at Oak Hill, as well as the Chapel, the Barn, Schoolhouse, Country Store, and Fire Pit for your guests to enjoy. Also included are the pavilion, tables, chairs, dance floor, bar, lighting and many design elements. Additional items can be added on as you wish! Email us for a sample invoice with all options available at Oak Hill!
We love what we do and it shows! Oak Hill is not only a wedding venue but also our home. Three generations of our family live on site and pour our hearts and souls into the property. We believe that details make all the difference. Oak Hill offers unparalled amenities and a ton of flexibility with customizable reservation times, your choice of vendors, and the ability to bring in your own alcohol. We welcome new ideas and strive to make your experience one that you and your guests will never forget.
Yes, we have a walk-in cooler to accommodate those items and a dedicated cooler for caterers. We also have a double kegerator at the bar located in the reception tent. Bottled beer is recommended for cocktail hour when located elsewhere on the property (i.e.not in the tent).
Our ending time (for music, bar, etc) is 11pm. We encourage couples to customize their reservation as they wish and schedule their day according to the timeline they envision.
Our staff is happy to place your decor for you in our many locations on the property at no additional fee. We encourage brides to make the most of our venue by utilizing the Schoolhouse, Country Store, Pine Tree Path, Barn, Pavilion and more. We will make an appointment the week of your wedding for you to drop off your items (labelled boxes or totes are encouraged!) and then you may pick up the morning after your event after our staff gathers your items.
Our new Pavilion is easily heated with forced air and cooled with fans. When the roll-down window walls are in place, the Pavilion is rain-proof and wind-proof! If you are planning an outdoor cocktail hour the weather does not cooperate, we simply re-locate to the Pavilion at no additional cost. Ceremonies can be relocated to our chapel at no additional cost.
Yes, we have restrooms in the Barn as well as men’s and women’s restrooms (with accessibility) in the building adjacent to the Pavilion.
Yes, we have a large, lighted parking area that can hold about 80 cars. Many couples choose to hire bus transportation for their guests to get to and from Galena, Illinois where most lodging is located. I am happy to give you the names of these vendors.
Yes, please call or email us for an appointment, 815.541.2348 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marriage licenses must be obtained in the county where you will marry. Oak Hill is located in Jo Daviess County and your marriage license can be obatined at the County Clerk’s office in Galena, IL. For complete marriage license requirements, please click on this link:
I’m asking my guests to travel 2-3 hours for my wedding. What else is there to do in the Galena area?
Here’s a list of our favorite things available to do here in Galena country:
- Make a stop at Blaum Brothers Distillery – a favorite among locals and tourists alike!
- Visit one of the many museums and historical sites in Galena
- Go wine tasting – there are numerous local wineries and winery tours
- Indulge in retail therapy at the numerous boutique shops on Main Street in Galena
- Hike and picnic at the Apple River Canyon State Park or Mississippi Palisades State Park
- Take a hot air balloon ride, go kayaking or ziplining
- Enjoy a beer at the Galena Brewing Company
- Wander the galleries in downtown Galena
- Galena is golf country! Enjoy one of the many courses in the area
- Indulge in a spa day
- Participate in a ghost tour or take in a live performance downtown
- Dine at one of the many excellent restaurants in Galena
- Unwind on a romantic river cruise on the mighty Mississippi River
- Relax and enjoy your time in our beautiful corner of the Midwest