How We Began
Julie Slavens Shares The Story
"Nate (my husband) worked for a gentleman that owned the current property starting when he was 12 years old doing odd jobs, mowing, and caring for his horse that was housed here. When it came time for the property to be sold, they gave us the first right to it, and we decided to purchase it back in 2007. Nate tirelessly worked to clean up the property of old tractor parts and metal laying around the woods. He decided to buy his first skid loader machine to help with the process and told me he would do jobs for others to pay for it. So began Nate's Excavating & Pools. To it as well as he has changed his name to incorporate that.
While he built his company from ground-up, people would often come to our property to see work he had done so he could sell them on a job he was bidding. That is where it began. People started talking about how beautiful the property was, and if they ever got married, they wanted to come out here. That got Nate's wheels turning, especially since barn weddings were becoming a "thing, " and we had an old one-story barn. That idea was quickly shot down due to sprinkler codes, and we were looking at only being able to have 100 or less in that old barn, so we went to a pavilion off the barn, but still had issues with that idea. That is when we decided to install an amazing outdoor water feature area that could be rented for weddings, along with a tent that could be used for shelter.
Well...people loved it, but they still wanted a building. So, after much consideration, we decided to go big or go home. Nate quit his comfortable job at Nucor Steel, and his crew built this unbelievable venue to not only host weddings, but corporate events, Christmas parties, dances and even celebrations of life! We are constantly improving the property, so keep your eyes open for the ever-changing landscape and the updates throughout the lodge. We could not have fathomed the support Indiana has shown us when we dreamed up this little idea!"