Octagonal Barn

This unique barn was originally built by the John L. Miller family in Bridgewater, Virginia, and used as a cattle barn on the family farm for many years.  The structure integrates a novel shape with the popular bank barn style, and was originally completed in 1905.  
In 1993, the Barn was one of only two octagonally shaped barns known to exist in Virginia, and that fall was moved to the Museum for use as a cultural and activities center.
This historical showpiece is a favorite for private events, providing a perfect blend of rustic ambiance with modern amenities, including a full kitchen with ice machine, ample restrooms, and two levels with over 3,000 square feet of usable space.


  • Boasting 2 Unique Levels, the Upper Level can seat up to 130 guests for dinner and the Lower Level seats 130 in auditorium style seating or 100 guests for dinner.
    • Additional guest capacity can be gained through the use of tents adjacent to the building, which are also available to rent from the Museum.
  • A wooded amphitheater is included with this rental, providing one of many locations surrounding the Barn that are ideal for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
  • Other Amenities Included with this Site are:
    • Tables: 10 – 8 ft. rectangles, 10 – 6 ft. rectangles, 15 – 5 ft. rounds,
      & 3 Tall Bistro Pedestals;

    • Chairs: 130 Folding Chairs Per Level;

    • Private bathrooms; and a

    • Full Kitchen with Ice Machine.

Rental Rates

  • Peak Days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays): $2,000
  • Off-Peak Days (Monday to Thursday and Off Season): $1,200
  • 50% discount available on rental rate for IRS approved tax exempt organizations and government entities.  (Virginia State Government entities, please contact the Private Events Staff for the COV rate.)

Rental Periods are between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., and additional hours are available in advance for $125 per hour.

Add-On Options*

  • Rental Period Extensions by the Hour – $125/hour (up to 3 hours)
  • Tent Rentals (we set up and take down all tents)
    • 10′ x 10′ – $100
    • 20′ x 30′ – $300
    • 30′ x 40′ – $600
  • Additional Tables & Chairs as available.  Please contact us for pricing.

For more information, availability, or to schedule a tour, please contact our Private Events Staff at 540-332-7850, or via e-mail at rentals@frontiermuseum.org

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