I was lucky enough to tour The Reserve at Oak Bowery, outside of Opelika, today. It is really unique in terms of the types of venues that are in and around the Auburn/Opelika area.
The Reserve is an old farm/plantation house, originally built in 1845 (read more about the house history at their site The Reserve at Oak Bowery). To be that old, the house is in remarkably good condition. Obviously, it has it’s flaws (being over 150 years old), but that’s the charm of it. It’s not perfect and it’s not trying to be perfect. And that’s the way it should be. I don’t mean that it is in disrepair. Not by a long shot. But, it has that unmistakable feel of a historical house that has stayed true to its identity.
It has a beautiful pecan grove in the back of the house and it lends the perfect spot for wedding ceremonies. Beyond the house and the grove, they have a converted barn (the Party Barn, listed on their site) that offers indoor area for 100 people to sit, eat, party, etc. There are other barns on the property (original to the property during the cotton planting years) and give a feel to the property that time has stood still.
I have been familiar with this property for many years. The Patton family has owned the property for many years and now their son, Logan, and his wife Courtney are refurbishing the grounds to bring it back to full time event venue service. I’m so excited about it! This area needs some variety in the type of venues that people have at their disposal and I’m so happy to welcome The Reserve back into the mix!