Our Beginnings

Our Beginnings

De Novo Barn was constructed in 2004 by a family of Amish artisans out of local native white pine logs. After months of planning, sawing and hand-constructing the ornate wood and the small wooden pegs to hold them together, the barn was raised on site and in one day with the help of our full Amish crew and one crane. Although it was originally designed to be a horse barn, De Novo Barn was always destined for something much more special. 

Our hope is that you are not only captivated by the elegance and charm of De Novo Barn, but also find the barn and its surroundings as the perfect setting for your perfect day.

Across the commons from the barn, nestled in the beautiful prairie, is the restored Madison Schoolhouse. This authentic circa 1900’s one room schoolhouse originated across the road from what would be De Novo Barn, falling down and in a dilapidated state. Owners Dave and Jane Jensen made the decision to save the schoolhouse, and it was soon lovingly restored to its original state based on old photos as well as testimonials from former students. Years later, it was picked up and moved across the Madison Road to its new home across from De Novo Barn. This quaint and fully-furnished building is now available for the bridal/wedding party as their private preparation and dressing area. The Madison Schoolhouse also serves as an ideal setting for a small and intimate style wedding ceremony.