Situated on 41 acres of pristine farmland and woods, abutting hundreds of acres of conservations land, at the intersection of Route 2 and 495, in Harvard, Massachusetts, the Kronauer farm invokes a quiet sensibility and charm from its origins 200 years earlier. Originally it was a potato farm with an apple orchard. Now it is a modest Christmas tree farm with a 200-tree apple orchard that is commercially managed by one of Harvard’s fruit farmers. The owner’s parents purchased the property in 1953, and named it “Three Penny Farm” because their children were all redheads. Still family owned, Charles and Eileen maintain the bucolic fields and the several vegetable and flower gardens. The variety of trees is unusual: Gingko, Amaryllis Cork, Star Magnolia, Weeping Hemlock, Paper-bark Maple, Cyprus, Chinese Tea Crab, Tulip, and a few heirloom apple trees of which Winesap is a favorite. Huge oak trees shade the house, which was built in the mid 1800’s, and like many farmhouses, modified over the years. It has a modern kitchen and large stone patio that serve the backyard venue.
The gently undulating fields and backyard are what makes this venue so special. In particular, there is an amazing view of Mount Monadnock 32 miles to the NW in New Hampshire, visible on most summer days and spectacular in the fall. A seasonal array of flowers are everywhere around the property, including meadow flowers. All the table flowers for a large August wedding were harvested from the yard. A clean, spring-fed swimming pond is at the edge of the field and is a great attraction for supervised children. A small swing set is a permanent fixture in the back yard and a two-acre field adjacent to the venue—which can easily handle a 120-foot tent—provides ample off-street parking. A changing room and bathroom for the wedding party are included.
The farm is close to cosmopolitan Boston and the historic towns of Concord and Lexington with easy access to major highways and Logan airport.
Mayflower Venues and the host have set some rules that you will be asked to agree to upon booking.
Venue Rental Policies
- Event End Time: 11 pm
- Smoking Policy: No Smoking.
- Open Flame Policy: Tabletop candles only. Field bon-fires not permitted, however, couples may use on-site fire-pit or bring in portable fire-pit.
- Pet Policy: Considered upon request.
- Trash and Recycling: Couples must separate and bag trash and recycling and place in designated area. Trash must be placed in town-specific, specially marked bags. $2.00 per 30 gallon bag and purchased from local general store.
Tent permit required: $25.00 to be submitted from tent vendor.
General Rental Policies?
- Insurance: Renters must secure a minimum $1M Special Event Liability Insurance liability policy from an approved vendor, or obtained through Mayflower Venues directly within 30 days of their event.
- Security Deposit: In case of damages, Mayflower requires a $1,000 security deposit before any event.
- Alcohol: Compliance with all local laws regarding alcohol service is required. At a minimum, bartenders must be certified and insured. Licensing must be in accordance with state laws.
- Caterers: All caterers must be licensed and insured. Outside caterers permitted unless otherwise noted.
- Vendors: All selected vendors must be certified, licensed and insured, and provide supporting documentation.
- Trash and Recycling: Renters are responsible for cleaning and returning the venue to its original condition. This includes consolidation and disposal of all waste and recycling in accordance with venue rules, including food and alcohol waste, floral, decor, and signage. Renters must also remove any large temporary structures brought onto the property for their event. Failure to do so, may result in a security deposit deduction.
- Restrooms: Couples must rent a minimum of 1 restroom per 100 guests.
- Tents: Outdoor venues require tent reservations to ensure adequate rain plan.
Photo Credits: Vera Michael Photography