Venue Spotlight: Rustic Charm at The Mohicans

Emma Frankart Henterly
Emily and Jimmy Anthony's July 2016 wedding was held at the Grand Barn at the Mohicans.

Fans of Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters might recognize The Mohicans, a 75-acre property with cabins, an event venue and, yes, treehouses, in Glenmont, Ohio. Drive about 90 minutes northeast of Columbus on increasingly smaller and more scenic roads, meandering along the Mohican River and eventually turning onto a well-kept dirt and gravel drive, to find this rustic oasis nestled in the woods of Holmes County.

The first two of The Mohicans' four treehouses—the White Oak and the Little Red—were designed and built by Pete Nelson of Treehouse Masters fame. And viewers of the show's first season may recognize Little Red, originally constructed on the show as a microbrewery.

But The Mohicans' allure goes beyond its darling treehouses and four rustic cabins. Its event facility—the Grand Barn at The Mohicans—exudes charm and elegance far beyond what one might expect from a “glamping” site.

“What I love most about the barn is it has so many faces,” says Laura Mooney, who runs the property with her husband, Kevin. “Every single weekend, it looks like a different space because it's just a blank canvas.”

The interior of the Grand Barn features raw wood details, crystal and wagon-wheel chandeliers, twinkle light strands, Edison bulbs and sliding barn doors. A few wildflower arrangements on the long, Amish-made buffet tables would be plenty of décor if you wanted to keep things simple.

The Mooneys vacationed in the first cabin—the Mohican—when their children were young. But when the kids grew up and Kevin sold his consulting practice, they decided to build additional cabins in 2011 and the Grand Barn and the first treehouse the following year.

“We wanted to make them nice,” Laura says of the treehouses. “We don't want you to feel like you're roughing it.” Each has a toilet and an indoor or outdoor shower, a kitchenette, queen beds, a living area and a deck, as well as climate controls.

The newest treehouse, set to open in early summer, features a full-size garage door to let in the fresh air. Dubbed the Tin Shed, it'll be the property's tallest treehouse and the only one with a suspension bridge. (The others feature dynamic wooden bridges from their staircases to the house itself.)

The Mohicans will be able to accommodate about 70 guests when the Tin Shed treehouse is complete. Need more space? The Mohican State Park lodge is about 30 minutes away. Clients can rent a shuttle from the venue to transport guests between it and the lodge.

New accommodations are in the works; the Mooneys average one new treehouse each year. The next one, which the Mooneys are calling a wedding nest, will be a colorful two-person treehouse behind the patio where ceremonies are held. It's designed by Roderick Romero, who's built treehouses for the likes of Sting and Julianne Moore, and is set to open in early summer as well.

Other wedding amenities include rentable, rustic décor like birdcages, vintage suitcases, signs, barrels, Mason jars and seating. There's also the upper floor of the Grand Barn itself, which features a bridal suite, a separate room for bridesmaids and a groom's suite.

“When we designed the building, it was really all about the bride and her convenience,” Kevin explains. Private restrooms for the suites, a sliding barn-door window overlooking the reception room (so the bride can keep an eye on setup) and a lock on the groom's quarters, to keep the parties separate, all achieve the Mooneys' goal.

The Grand Barn at The Mohicans books weddings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday most weekends throughout the year. The facility can accommodate around 150 guests in warm weather, thanks to the ceremony patio and the two-level deck; in the winter, that number drops to about 100, says Laura.