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The Old Rugged Barn in southeast Towanda will open in November. 

TOWANDA — A new rustic, country venue available to rent for special events will open southeast of Towanda next month.

The Old Rugged Barn will host a grand opening event from 1-7 p.m. Nov. 11 at 18808 N. 2000 East Road in Towanda.

The event will include vendors, pictures with Santa, food and drink, and performances from Sugar Creek Cloggers and the Central Illinois Banjo Club. Visitors can join tours of the barn, grounds and several barn quilt paintings on the property.

The event is free but donations will be accepted. A coupon matching the donation amount will be applied to any event booked through 2018.

After significant renovations since 2010, the main area in the red barn is 2,400 square feet with a loft of 1,100 square feet. It includes two restrooms. 

The facility is available to rent for weddings, receptions, reunions, festivals, photo sessions, concerts and other celebrations.

Jo Morrison, owner of the venue, said in a news release that the barn was built around 1920 on more than three acres of land. McLean County Barn Keepers awarded the property with a Centennial Barn designation.

She said the barn was named for her mother’s favorite hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross.”

Visitors to the grand opening are encouraged to wear appropriate shoes and dress for the weather. Leashed dogs are welcome.

For additional photos of the venue and pricing information, visit

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Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for The Pantagraph.

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