The Barn/Receptions

Careful renovation revives a 19th century German Swiss bank barn, which is the focal point for wedding receptions, business retreats, seminars and other special events. The structural simplicity and natural materials form a dramatic backdrop for wedding receptions. Large glass panels provide fantastic views of the 164-acre farm, with rolling hills, farm pond, and streams and barn doors can be opened to bring the outdoors in. The barn includes a bridal suite, groom’s room, five restrooms, a small museum, and three stone fireplaces.

Our rural forefathers cut timber from the land, hewed the logs into beams, assembled by mortise and tenons and held together by wooden pegs. Native stones were used to provide the beautiful stone walls for the foundation.

The largely unbroken space of the barn’s interior creates a majestic ‘Great Room’ to accommodate large events.

We invite you to celebrate your special day in our ‘Country Cathedral’.


Fernwood is a quiet, forested area with streams, foot bridges, and expansive ferns. Many hang items such as drapery and lanterns and some even use torches to set a romantic mood.

The Meadow

The Meadow offers nature and tranquility at its best. Streams and sounds of water and nature surround this location with large willow trees and a pond with the mountains as a back drop. This area hosts numerous outdoor ceremonies.


The Patio offers beautiful vistas of the meadow, more than 70 acres of pure farmland, the circa 1711 stone house with water wheel, and smoke house. Two pergolas, trees, and semi-circular peninsula set the stage for a beautiful ceremony. The bar room, and temperature-controlled, weather-protected areas are adjacent to this location.

Log Cottage

Ostertag (meaning Easterday in German), presents a showcase of historic structural renewal. A charming Log Cottage, built in the mid 1700’s by early German settlers, provides a romantic setting for an outdoor garden wedding. It lies within close proximity to the barn and offers a stream and pond in the background as well as an arch and brick walkway to the front for a beautiful entrance. Perfect for a horse and carriage.


The Amphitheater contains a natural stage and is within close proximity to the barn while offering expansive views of fields and nature. An arch and white fencing sets the stage as well as various landscaping for all seasons. Perfect for a horse and carriage entrance.

Indoor Stable

The indoor stable consists of original stone walls, unique art/painted floors, fireplace and full heating and air conditioning. The Ram’s Den is located adjacent to this room offering a perfect guest entry to a ceremony while offering soft music, warm lighting, coat racks, gift table/s, and guest book podium. A beautiful location for a ceremony during all seasons.

Other Locations

Guests are encouraged to enjoy the lush meadows, streams and pond and watch migrating geese, blue herons and bald eagles pause in their flight to wander in the nearby pond and beaver dams. Like a treasure tucked away in North Western Frederick County, Maryland, Ostertag Vistas is a jewel in paradise.


Below are some of the amenities describing Ostertag Vistas. Also available is a floor plan and configuration guide.

Capacity for 200 seated

Unlimited capacity outdoors

Five indoor restrooms

Arches, gazebos available on site

Loft stage for entertainment

Sound system/s available

164 acres of farm land, meadows

Large bank barn

Expansive bridal suite/full bath

Event planning services

Inclement weather facilities

Tables & chairs available & set up

Three historic buildings

Four usable barn levels

Groom’s suite

Climate controlled areas

Barn deck

Handicapped accessible