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About Us

Elderberry Manor is stunning in its organic beauty, but there is nothing quite like the sunsets. The horizon off of the balcony looks like a mix of rainbow and fire. When the atmosphere turns to dusk, large barn doors open up and welcome a cool summer breeze, where the song of crickets chirping, and magic is in the air. The cracks of the barn, which allow this only building to breathe, fill with an ember glow. Our Organic Honey bees go to sleep as the Deer graze in the fields, all while the party of your life is just getting started.

The Rathke's, owners of Elderberry Manor, started farming the rich lands of Elderberry Manor in Washington County, Wisconsin in 1863. For five generations, they have been stewards of the land. In 2002 Rathke Farms became certified organic. In 2020 Elderberry Manor became part of the pollinators revitalization program, turning parts of the land back into "native plantings". Not to be up shown by the native flowers, fields of sunflowers line the pastures, giving the most stunning photo opportunities.


 Elderberry Manor opened its doors for public and private events in 2017. When entering the 3000 sq ft venue, you will find yourself admiring the historic value that remains. Once a working dairy farm, and granary, our old red barn has its original 6" hardwood planked floors in some parts, which are a rare find.  The interior has been updated for code and safety blending perfectly with the massive lines of exposed rafters and stunning rod iron framing. Multiple (3) tiered chandeliers hang from the ceiling as Edison bulbs accent the beauty of the natural wood beams. The bar is made of repurposed wood and metal from the original granary. 

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