Crested Hen Farms

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Crest­ed Hen Farms in High Falls com­bines a rus­tic barn set­ting and a lot of con­ve­nience in a sim­ple wed­ding pack­age. (Pho­to by Due­tim­age Pho­tog­ra­phy Hud­son Val­ley wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­phers.)


Pulling off a barn wed­ding is no easy feat.  There are a lot of con­cerns such as light­ing, fur­nish­ings, and decor.  Depend­ing in the “rus­tic­ness” of your barn, there is maybe more or maybe less to fret about as you plan your big day.  Sim­plic­i­ty is often the key to a great event, and that’s what we love about Crest­ed Hen Farms in his­toric Alligerville NY.

For one price, Crest­ed Hen Farms offers a fur­nished, elec­tri­fied, wi-fied barn for your recep­tion and 32 acres of its sur­round­ing prop­er­ty for your cer­e­mo­ny.  Plus, there’s a decor ware­house on-site with all the chi­na and uten­sils you might need, and a large assort­ment of mis­cel­la­neous props.  And then there are chick­ens and eagles too, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

First a lit­tle back­sto­ry: Crest­ed Hen Farms is locat­ed about 90 miles, or an hour and half, from New York City.  The farm was estab­lished in 1791 and was orig­i­nal­ly called the “Thomas S. Schoon­mak­er Farm” after an ear­ly own­er.  The barn itself was built in three phas­es, the first por­tion dat­ing back to the far­m’s begin­nings and the lat­er two phas­es tak­ing place about 100 years later.


Orig­i­nal­ly built in 1791, the Crest­ed Hen barn reflects build­ings styles of ear­ly Dutch and Eng­lish set­tlers to the Hud­son Valley.


In 2001, the farm was pur­chased by cur­rent own­ers Frank Macagnone and Kei­th Eddle­man who car­ried out a ren­o­va­tion of the barn for the spe­cif­ic pur­pose of host­ing events.  As the prop­er­ty sits with­in the ham­let of Alligerville, which was declared a Nation­al His­toric Dis­trict in 2015, the ren­o­va­tion was car­ried out with the approval of the Town of Rochester His­toric Dis­trict and the New York State His­toric Preser­va­tion Office.



The spa­cious barn has 300 square feet of space for your cel­e­bra­tion.  A wire­less LED light­ing sys­tem runs through­out and cus­tomized col­or schemes are avail­able on request.  The barn also pro­vides wire­less inter­net for cou­ples and their guests, an added plus in the rur­al Hud­son Val­ley where recep­tion can often be spotty.


Interior of the Crested Hen Farms wedding venue in High Falls by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
View out the north­ern side of the barn fac­ing a birch wed­ding trel­lis, one pos­si­bil­i­ty for your cer­e­mo­ny at the Crest­ed Hen.


Con­nect­ed to the barn is a cov­ered ter­race and 16 foot wood­en bar for your cock­tail hour.  A great fea­ture espe­cial­ly for real­ly hot weath­er or on rainy days.


Bar at the Crested Hen Farms for wedding cocktail hours, photo by Duetimage Photography.
This wing of the barn hous­es a 16 foot bar on a stone ter­race await­ing your cock­tail hour.


Barn and terrace at the Crested Hen Farms wedding venue in High Falls by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographer.
Anoth­er view of the bar and ter­race area look­ing into the barn recep­tion area.


Crested Hen Farms wedding venue decor details photographed by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
The hen abides. One of many hen inspired accents at the bar and through­out the barn.



When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing your recep­tion space at the Crest­ed Hen, cou­ples have the lux­u­ry of perus­ing an on-site decor ware­house where they can choose any­thing they want at no extra cost.  This includes every­thing from mix and match chi­na, to glass­ware, to cro­quet sets — even more hen inspired decor!


Interior of the Crested Hen Farms with on-site wedding decor selection photographed by Duetimage Photography.
Items from the decor ware­house that have been select­ed by a cou­ple for their upcom­ing wed­ding day.


Glass beverage dispenser, just one of many items available from the Crested Hen's decor warehouse, photo by Duetimage Photography.
Glass bev­er­age dis­penser, just one of many items avail­able from the Crest­ed Hen’s decor warehouse.


Metal hen, milk can, and croquette set props at Crested Hen wedding barn photo by Duetimage Photography.
Met­al hen, milk can, and cro­quette set — every wed­ding can have its own unique set of props at no addi­tion­al charge.


Before there is the wed­ding par­ty though, there must be the cer­e­mo­ny and the Crest­ed Hen offers as many pos­si­bil­i­ties as there is space on its acreage.  One pop­u­lar choice is to exchange vows on the banks of Ron­d­out Creek which runs direct­ly past the farm.


The Rondout Creek near Crested Hen Farms wedding venue by Duetimage Photography.
The Ron­d­out Creek, wend­ing its way past the Crest­ed Hen Farms, is one choice for your wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny at the venue.


Anoth­er choice is the field out­side the barn under a birch wed­ding trel­lis (which can be moved to any oth­er part of the prop­er­ty at a cou­ple’s request).


Wedding trellis outside Crested Hen wedding barn in High Falls by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
View of the wed­ding trel­lis from inside the barn.


For the eagle-eyed among our read­ers, yes, that is an eagle’s nest in the trees off to the right of the trel­lis.  Own­er Frank Macagnone tells us that the eagles set up their home at the farm about two years ago and are now under the pro­tec­tion of New York State’s Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion.  “I hire an atten­dant for each event to sit out there and make sure guests don’t wan­der too close,” says Frank.  “Our guests real­ly love to watch them and we’re hap­py that they’re final­ly com­ing back to this region.”


Bald eagles nesting at Crested Hen Farms photo by Duetimage Photography.
As close as we can get to our nation­al bird: we shot the image on the left from the trel­lis with a 105mm lens. Beside it is a cropped in close up of the eagles on their nest.


A great place for view­ing the eagles is at a large fire pit near the creek where wed­dings wind down with a bon­fire, s’mores, and hot choco­late.  This is anoth­er ser­vice is includ­ed in the book­ing price.


The firepit at Crested Hen Farm is a great place for viewing bald eagles as well as winding down your reception with s'mores and hot chocolates, photo by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
The firepit at Crest­ed Hen Farm is a great place for view­ing bald eagles as well as wind­ing down your recep­tion with s’mores and hot chocolates.


The firepit at Crested Hen Farm for wedding reception after party photo by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photographer.



Final­ly, a day of coor­di­na­tor is pro­vid­ed in the book­ing price.   The only addi­tion­al ser­vices cou­ples need to pro­vide at the site are portable toi­lets (elec­tric and water hookups are pro­vid­ed) and catering.



The barn is avail­able from mid-Spring to mid-Autumn and can accom­mo­date up to 150 guests.  As of this writ­ing, the book­ing price for all the ameni­ties men­tioned above is $10,000.  The 2017 sea­son is already com­plete­ly booked and we are told that 2018 is book­ing fast.

Now, about those chick­ens we men­tioned earlier.

The Crest­ed Hen, in addi­tion to being a wed­ding venue, is actu­al­ly a work­ing farm which rais­es chick­ens.  And as you might have guessed, it takes its name from a breed of chick­en pre­ferred by own­er Frank — one with a friz­zly crest of feath­ers on its head.


Chicken coop just beside the Crested Hen wedding barn photo by Duetimage Photography.
Chick­en coop just beside the Crest­ed Hen wed­ding barn makes this site authen­tic and lot of fun, espe­cial­ly for young guests.


Crested hens at Crested Hen Farms wedding venue in High Falls by Duetimage Hudson Valley wedding photographer.
Own­er Frank’s friz­zly head­ed chick­ens who gave the Crest­ed Hen its name.



We’re delight­ed to see such an inspir­ing venue right in our home coun­ty and just 10 min­utes from our stu­dio.  Look­ing for­ward to see­ing you at the Crest­ed Hen some­time soon!



Planning your wedding or event at Crested Hen Farms?

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