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History of Big Cove Farm

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

Jack and Mary Jane Morton purchased the working dairy farm from Preston and Martha Mellott who purchased it from Frank and Mary Johnston. It continued to be a working dairy farm, even getting the name “Big Cove Farm” shortly thereafter, and was the heartbeat of the Morton family.

It wasn’t until July of 2005 that Dave and Carol Morton Tebo purchased the farm - through an emotional time of the farm being up for auction and almost lost from the family line.

Despite the legacies of those who had made the farm what it was, Needle in the Haystack came into being. Beginning in 2011, renovations started on the farmhouse - where the Tebo’s would come to retire. In September of 2017, a major barn incident almost cost the family their main barn and milking barn. Thanks to Randy Bunch Construction, it was salvaged and further reconstruction took place.

It was during an event to celebrate the rebuilding of the barns that the idea to create an event space in Fulton County was born. However, it took a few years for it to fully develop, as the idea was put on the back burner several times. It was because of another family event, which included the space being decorated and utilized in such a great way that the Tebo’s finally saw the potential and gave the okay for the other founding partners to take off with the idea and make the venue a reality.

Since December of 2020 the barn and its many spaces of undergone major renovations - done by local contractors, plumbers, and electricians. Part of the mission of Needle in the Haystack is to create relationships and build the community surrounding it. We love to use local partnerships and resources to make each event special. Our spaces include full kitchens, bathrooms, and hookups for DJs and sound systems to make your event everything you want it to be.

Our team is continually working to make sure our spaces get better with each event, making improvements each time to give every customer the best experience possible.

Did you know?

The original hayfork, from which comes the name "Needle in the Haystack", along with the original farming equipment, is still mounted in the ceiling of our ceremony room, The Knot.

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