Tiadaghton Farm gives events a unique setting
Saying “I do” in front of one’s closest friends and family is perhaps one of the most memorable moments for any couple. And when it comes to gorgeous wedding venues in the area, brides- and grooms-to-be have a variety of options, from luxurious banquet halls to scenic parks to lovingly decorated and intimate farms.
Tiadaghton Farm, 707 River Road, Jersey Shore, has been the backdrop for over 60 events since 2015, including many weddings, proms, retirement parties, sweet 16 parties, graduation parties, an album release party, baby and bridal showers, class reunions and even the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce Summer Picnic.
But owners Rusty and Michele Rozenberg were not interested in entering the wedding business at first. “We reluctantly agreed,” said Michele, when a contractor who was remodeling the farmhouse asked if his daughter could get married on the property in 2013. However, even after the cake was cut, the Rozenbergs’ foray into the wedding business was far from over.
For a year and a half after the event, they received messages from numerous people inquiring about having their ceremonies and receptions at the farm, said Michele. In August 2015, Rusty and Michele relented, and the first official Tiadaghton Farm wedding was held. “The setting is unique and has a lot to offer with a picturesque farmhouse, stately black walnut trees, manicured grounds and a unique barn,” said Michele, of Tiadaghton Farm, the property of which first came into the Rozenberg family’s hands in the late 1940s.
Henry and Mary Rozenberg, Rusty’s grandparents, purchased the farm, located a mile away from where the Fair Play Men, who were squatters in the eighteenth century, declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776 at The Tiadaghton Elm, said Michele. Originally a tobacco barn built by Henry, Tiadaghton Farm was then inherited by Rusty’s parents, Russ and June Rozenberg, in 1990, who then passed it down again to its current owners, Rusty and Michele, in 2012.
Tiadaghton Farm attracts couples from all over the world. Notably, a young man born and raised in South Africa, then attending Pennsylvania College of Technology, attended a wedding reception at Tiadaghton Farm and spent a good deal of time inquiring with Michele about the property’s history. “We get people from all over the country that thoroughly enjoy the property, the setting and the beauty of the mountains in the background,” said Michele. In the case of Tiadaghton Farm, though the scenery might look like a million dollars, the Rozenbergs are committed to keeping the price affordable.
“(We) do everything we can to ensure their event goes smoothly,” said Michele, who adds each bride brings their own stunning creativity to the barn that makes their event as unique as the last. Tiadaghton Farm also offers couples flexibility in terms of vendors. “Tiadaghton farm does not have any exclusive vendors,” said Michele, “This allows brides to have more control over their expenses, and we find that most utilize local businesses.” Tiadaghton Farm’s business approach helps stimulate Jersey Shore’s economy.
Michele has been active with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce since graduating from the Leadership Lycoming program in 2006, having served on the program’s operating committee as well. Being part of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce has gained Tiadaghton Farm beneficial network contacts, access to valuable economic information, public exposure and opportunities for training, said Michele.
Tiadaghton Farm is a perfect example of the adage, “bloom where you are planted,” as Rusty and Michele, both Lycoming County natives, have shared and will continue to share their slice of paradise with people from all over the world. The future of Tiadaghton Farm looks bright – Michele hopes the property stays in the Rozenberg name for a fourth generation in the hands of Brook and Danielle, who often help out with events.
“We might live in a small town, but we have the opportunity to meet people from around the county and world in our own backyard,” said Michele.
For more information about Tiadaghton Farm, visit tiadaghtonfarm.com, call 570-419-7111 or stop by the property, located at 707 River Road in Jersey Shore, PA.