Birchwood Meadows Entertainment Venue Breaks Ground in Swanton
A new and exciting chapter in the history of the Village of Swanton began this Tuesday morning when a ground-breaking ceremony was held for Birchwood Meadows, a soon to be constructed entertainment venue located in the Turtle Creek area on Airport Highway. Below is a press release submitted by the Swanton Chamber of Commerce:
The Village of Swanton is excited to welcome Birchwood Meadow to our community. This is the first large scale project in Swanton in over a decade. The owners could have selected anywhere in northwest Ohio for their venture but selected Swanton because of our access to the turnpike, the airport and our strong demographics.
They are already booking weddings for couples from all over Ohio and Michigan and even from other states. “We are fulfilling a longtime wish to create something together, and can’t think of a more life affirming, festive project than providing a venue and atmosphere that will help others fulfill their lifelong wedding dreams,” said Birchwood Meadow Proprietors Dave and Pam Mills.
No stranger to organizing and managing staff and events, Dave just retired as a Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard after 36 years and over 40 deployments, and Pam has been in Marketing and IT for over 25 years. They have six children together, with three married and three in college.
“It was after overseeing three of our five daughters’ weddings that we felt there was a need for a modern country venue,” said Pam, whose daughters craved a warm and rustic wedding. The Birchwood Meadow premier wedding and event venue will accommodate up to 350 people for a wedding with ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. Reserved entirely for you and your guests, this unique “Big Timber” barn features impressive 40’ vaulted ceiling in the main hall with Arched Big Timber trusses that span the entire main hall with three open air copulas. The 8,000 square ft. venue on 27 acres in Swanton, Ohio is modeled after a very popular barn venue in Oklahoma.
Dave and Pam estimate the external structure will be erected by sometime in December, allowing work to begin on the interior. Once the interior work is completed, estimated to be in March of next year, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held along with public tours.
Pictured: Pam Mills addresses a large crowd of family, friends, local business owners and politicians. (L to R): Swanton Village Councilwoman Sam Disbrow, Ohio State Representative Jim Hoops, Swanton Village Administrator Shannon Shulters, Swanton Village Councilman Dave Pilliod, Pam Mills, Swanton Mayor Neil Toeppe and Dave Mills