Wedding company seeks to revive Henderson Village

wcrenshaw@macon.comApril 15, 2014 

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The Langston House Restaurant at Henderson Village is pictured in January 2014.

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A local wedding company is looking to bring Henderson Village back to life.

Southern Bridle Farms “took over” the facility Monday, said co-owner Jim Marshall. He declined to say whether it is being leased or purchased, but he said they plan to do a good bit of work to restore the property to its glory days.

“We’ve got to do a lot of revamping,” he said. “It went down over the last several years.”

Within a couple of months, Southern Bridle Farms hopes to reopen the restaurant and make it less expensive than it had been. It may be fall before they have any weddings there. They will also host corporate parties.

Henderson Village was a bed-and-breakfast resort that closed in January. It is located south of Perry. Marshall said they will not operate it as a bed and breakfast but may rent rooms for corporate gathering or weddings.

At the time of its closing, the owner of Henderson Village, ABS Farms, owed nearly $70,000 in unpaid taxes to Houston County for 2013. Online records Tuesday indicate those taxes have since been paid. A phone call to a number listed online for ABS Farms was not returned.

Marshall and David Whiddon opened Southern Bridle Farms two years ago. It is located off Ga. 96 in Peach County, and weddings, rehearsals and receptions are held there in a new facility built like an old barn.

Marshall said the business has been successful enough that they had been looking for a second location. Henderson Village offered a more upscale atmosphere to the rustic setting of their current building, so they thought it would be a good fit.

“It’s such a beautiful place, and it’s a different look,” he said. “We just felt like we could take our successes there and do them over here.”

He also said they are planning to reopen the restaurant bar and possibly have live music on the weekends to draw people to the remote location.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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