Provided by M&T Bank and Sweeney Barn
Rendering of Sweeney Barn
M&T Bank announced that it has provided $2.4 million in financing to complete the renovation of the Birkett Barn in Manassas, which will become home to Sweeney Barn, a wedding, corporate event and music venue. The scheduled opening is winter 2018.
“M&T Bank is excited to finance this project, which we feel will have a positive impact on the local community. We believe that this event center will drive more traffic and awareness to Prince William County. As a community bank, we are honored to partner with Noel Sweeney and are excited to support him and his vision,” said David Dockendorff, Senior Relationship Manager for M&T Bank.
Sweeney Barn will host weddings, events and live music for up to 300 guests. It will have two levels of indoor space, as well as beautifully landscaped grounds to accommodate outdoor ceremonies, cocktail hours, etc. The property sits on five acres with space for outdoor events.
Built by the Birkett family in 1939, the venue was originally a one-story dairy barn with a hayloft. Owners Noel and Alannah Sweeney are avid barn lovers and have a personal passion for bringing old properties back to life. They worked with the Prince William County Department of Economic Development and the Historic Preservation Division on the purchase of the barn, and they will do their best to maintain the look and feel of the original structure by incorporating and re-using as much of the old material as possible during renovation.
The venue is located near Innovation Park, just down the street from Farm Brew Live. It’s our goal that weddings and events taking place at Sweeney Barn will bring visitors to the county, fill hotel rooms, and bring business to local partners and vendors. Local companies already involved with the project are Loveless Porter Architects, LLC
and Mike Garcia Construction, Inc.
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“We are very excited to bring the Old Birkett Barn back to life in the form of a rustic and timeless event center where local residents will enjoy getting together for many years to come,” said Noel Sweeney, owner of Sweeney Barn.
The groundbreaking event was held earlier this month.