The creation of The Madelyn Venue & Guesthouse began, unbeknownst to anyone at the time, by the Greco family of Calabria Italy & The Rutdledge family of Ohio.
In 1932, Anthony Greco was born and raised in Calabria Italy. He immigrated to the United States in 1952 with little money in his pocket. Anthony eventually settled in Middletown, Ohio, a neighboring town to Monroe. Fast forward to 1982, Anthony and his wife, Antoinette, purchased the 63 acreage Rutdledge property that was first settled in the 1860’s. They acquired 2 barns, 5 buildings and a 10 room farmhouse. They fixed up the old place and soon Anthony was fulfilling his hobby of making and selling wine.
The years passed, Anthony retired his winemaking hobby, and eventually decided to sell the farm. The family love of the farm continued by the relocation of “grandpa’s” barns and buildings to North Texas. Anthony and Antoinette’s youngest son, Vincent, along with his family, arranged for their relocation and new home in Collinsville, TX. Honoring Anthony’s pursuit of leaving a legacy to build upon, his American Dream, The Madelyn Venue & Guesthouse was created.
The Madelyn is truly a one of a kind destination.
The main event center, The Madelyn, was built using the 130-year-old mortis and tenon barn frame that was originally erected on that Monroe, Ohio farm using the oak trees from the land. Once relocated to Texas, it was expanded to 10,000 square feet with its 31’ high vaulted ceiling. Attached to the venue is the 3750 sq ft covered outdoor chapel that has a stunning sunset view to the west. Careful consideration was taken to house the history of the Ohio barns and farm buildings which is evident by the attention to detail in the interior construction and repurposing of materials.
The barn beams showcase the grandness of another era and are accentuated by the barn’s original pine siding on the ceiling and oak siding on walls. Every piece of barn wood used was heat pressure washed before repurposed, logging in countless manpower hours, all done with the help of family and friends.
The centerpiece of the venue features a 20’ grand staircase custom built by Amish craftsman for the brides of The Madelyn. The stairs/risers are repurposed floor joist from the Ohio farmhouse, while the stringers are 150 year old logs use as hay loft joists and the newels & railings are barn beams. Atop of the staircase is the landing which provides a sweeping view of the venue as it leads to the bride and groom suites.
Staying true to the family’s desire to continue the “life” of the Ohio property, the floors in the farmhouse were also salvaged. The venue landing floor came out of Anthony’s 2nd floor office, with the groom’s suite flooring a combination of bedroom and parlor room flooring. The hardwood floors in the bride’s suite, were repurposed to the farmhouse by grandpa but originally came from a stagecoach station (circa mid-1800’s)in Dayton, Ohio. Both suites are walled with the same pine that covers the venue ceiling, originally the barn siding. Not only were the floors salvaged but the groom’s suite became the new home for horse tackle pegs from the barn, providing the perfect spot to hang garment bags. As the structure was re-erected in 2019 we have incorporated everything needed to host your special day in a very elegant setting.
The second barn on the property which was originally built in 1863 and fondly referred to as “The Winery”, is the site where Anthony made his wine. Our Amish friends also relocated the winery from Ohio to Texas. Grandpa spent many hours in the winery, selling is wine and entertaining locals with tales of rich European history. The same attention given to honor the history of the venue barn will surely be evident by the details in the winery’s reconstruction. Upon its relocation to Texas, it was decided to resurrect the barn with its original “saltbox” roofline, with the unusual “lean-too” roof line on the west end. The beams in this barn are hand hewed, including the unique “swing beam”. This smaller barn will have 3 guest rooms, and an open area that overlooks the 2-acre pond to southeast and the remainder of the almost 200-acre property to the northwest.
The Guesthouse is original to Texas! Over the years, it has been expanded from a small two-bedroom “shot-gun style” farmhouse to what is now a modern day farmhouse, offering sleeping accommodations for 10-12 guests. Each room in the house embraces the warm feel of country living with the elegance of today’s modern necessities. The front, screened-in summer/heated in the winter, porch has view of the pond and the large back patio has a sweeping view to the west, a perfect place to enjoy the evening sunset. Allow your wedding party, family, and special guests to relax in the comfortable accommodations before and after your wedding.
We would love to share our family treasure, The Madelyn Venue & Guesthouse with you to help make your event, whatever it may be, a memorable one.
Vince and Susie Greco