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About Us

The Rathke's have been farming the rich lands of Washington County since 1863. For five generations, they have been stewards of the land. With a deep love for the land's rich history and nature itself, in 2002 Rathke Farms became certified organic. Elderberry's lands currently do not hold dairy or livestock, but are still farmed for feed. Fields of sunflowers grow for beauty and they host beautiful organic beehives in the summer months. In 2020 Elderberry Manor became part of the pollinators revitalization program, turning parts of the land back into "native plantings".  


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Elderberry Manor opened its doors for public and private events in 2017. When entering the 3000sq ft venue, that holds 200 people comfortably, you will find yourself admiring the historic value that remains. Original 6" thick, hardwood floor planks are a rare find, 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. 


In the evening the barn wall glows, as light seeps through the cracks between boards. To keep guests cool on a warm summer night, Elderberry opens up; With expansive hay barn doors intact on the east side, and two glass garage doors on the west side, a welcoming breeze swirling through. Guests often enjoy the 40-foot long deck that overlooks the 170 acres of organic fields and woods. 

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