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Country Weddings: The Barn at Lord Howe Valley

By Mirror Staff

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A wedding hall has opened in one of the most historic landscapes in the Lake George region, and appropriately enough for a site that’s been farmland and pasture for hundreds of years, it’s a timber frame barn.

Called “The Barn at Lord Howe Valley,” it’s nestled between the eastern-most slopes of the Adirondacks and Lake George, on the road between Ticonderoga and Hague.

Not only was the land part of a farm owned by some of the region’s first settlers, it’s not far from the place where Lord George Howe was killed early in Britain’s 1758 assault on France’s Fort Carillon, the bloodiest battle on North American soil before Gettysburg.

It’s also near the site of Major Robert Rogers’ Battle on Snowshoes, from which he escaped – or so his enemies believed – by rappelling down the rock slide that now bears his name.

Sarah Latchford, the founder and owner of The Barn at Lord Howe Valley, is happy to help usher into the valley more peaceful, indeed, more joyful pursuits.

“Wedding planning has been a passion of mine for years, and we wanted to give couples – local residents as well as visitors – a new alternative if they wanted to be married in the beautiful Adirondacks,” said Latchford, who grew up in Chestertown and who now lives in Saratoga with her husband Tim.

Latchford and her family bought the land last year after searching throughout the region for land on which to build a wedding hall and event space that would fit naturally into a rural or wild landscape.

Coming from a family that’s been active in the business community for years, she also wanted “to bring extra business to the area not only in the summer but in the spring and fall as well, to hotels, restaurants and shops, among other businesses,” she said.

Latchford will bring new business to wedding and event-related entrepreneurs such as caterers, florists, dress designers and bands as The Barn at Lord Howe Valley develops.

“Caterers are responsible for almost everything we offer,” said Latchford. “All we do is rent the space and help our clients make it their own for the day.”

She’s already contributed to the local economy by utilizing local builders, craftsmen and contractors.

The barn was built by Blue Line Barns, a timber frame construction company owned by Sam Caldwell of Bolton Landing.

“After seeing an ad for Blue Line Barns in a local paper, we met with Sam a couple of times and really came to appreciate his post- and-beam designs,” said Latchford. “We also liked the fact that he was a local builder with a great knowledge of this kind of construction and of the area and its history as well.”

The farm tables were custom-made by another Bolton Landing company, Shack Valley, owned by woodworker David E. Cummings.

The construction of the barn began in July and was completed in time for the new space’s first wedding in late summer.

For more information about The Barn at Lord Howe Valley, visit its facebook site or contact Sarah Latchford at (518) 321-4898.

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