Nestled on the banks of the nationally scenic Darby Creek, Darby House is surrounded on all sides by 7,000 acres of the Battelle Metro Park’s forest, prairies and wetlands. Founded in 1954, thus steeped in history and tradition, Darby House is the only venue in central Ohio where one can have total exclusivity and security in a gated estate.
The Darby House is located on the picturesque Darby Dan Farm, the historical estate of John W. Galbreath, the Darby House offers its guests a charming, rustic, chic event space. Situated on 1,200 acres of Big Darby Creek, the venue offers complete privacy and beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces perfect for any event.
The Darby House accommodates up to 250 guests for plated events with additional capacity for cocktail receptions and other large-scale gatherings. Because of the Darby House’s unique design, it serves as the perfect backdrop for any event.
Let our story become a part of yours. Owned by four generations of the Galbreath Family we share a vibrant history you can feel the moment you step onto the estate.
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From transforming the Darby House to match your vision to tackling day-of event coordination, Darby House’s experienced staff replaces stressful with seamless.
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Waterside Terrace & Patio
Waterside Terrace & Patio
5 Star Testimonials
“We had such a wonderful experience throughout the whole process of planning our wedding at this venue! Nicole and team were so helpful from beginning to end, even as we needed to make adjustment after adjustment due to the pandemic. The safety policies and procedures were clearly communicated and explained, allowing our guests to feel safe and at ease throughout the day. The wedding day experience went off without a hitch, and we can’t recommend the Darby House enough!!”
“Having our wedding at Darby House made all my dreams come true. First, the venue holds historic value– it is situated on Darby Dan Farm, a farm that produced multiple thoroughbred horse racing champions. Because of this, a former US President and British royalty have visited the farm. The venue itself holds many historical artifacts of note, including artwork and memorabilia, which were fun for guests to enjoy during the reception. Secondly, the venue itself is gorgeous and well maintained. When you enter the property, you enter through a gate and stone fence, then drive down about a mile of white fenced, tree-lined driveway to the outwardly quaint looking house. Upon entering, you are greeted with an entire wall of floor to ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Big Darby Creek. There are two large rooms on either side of the entryway; on the left, the Dining Room, and on the right, the Racing Room. We worked with CMPE to select all food, the style of bar service that suited our needs, and the decorative displays throughout the venue. This made planning a wedding from another city much easier, because the only other vendors I had to book myself were cake, entertainment, flowers, and the pastor. Our family and friends had the best time at our wedding and loved the outdoor and indoor space. The food was impeccable and our guests left feeling happy and full. Every need our guests had was met by Emily and her incredible staff… We had no worries on our wedding day– it was perfect, and this is largely due to the Darby House and CMPE. Thank you for making our day unforgettable and flawless for our family, our friends, and for us!”
“I love everyone I worked with!! Nicole is the best! I’m so excited to get married!”
“I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for a wonderful wedding at Darby House on Saturday. Your team was very impressive. Every detail was taken care of….evening was flawless. Given the COVID19 restrictions, we all worried that we could hold a celebratory event— your team ensured the evening was delightful. I can’t thank you enough.”
“It has a story behind it. It’s affordable, special, and historical, as well as a beautiful space. There’s a special aura when you walk into the place.”
“The space itself and the layout of the indoor/outdoor space. The amount of land there is great, and the water makes for beautiful events.”
“There’s a sense of privacy and exclusivity that makes guests feel important when they pull in. It’s top-notch.”
“My fiancé and I were supposed to get married at the Darby House on October 3, 2020. Unfortunately, due to the global circumstances and our predominately out-of-town guest list, we elected to reschedule for 2021. Even though they Darby House is in the middle of triaging weddings much sooner than ours, Nicole has been FANTASTIC about responding to our many queries and working out the new details in a way that we feel really great about in this highly unusual and stressful time. We have been impressed with the care, professionalism, and most of all humanity we’ve been given from the start with the Darby House. We would recommend them to any couples looking for a venue they can trust in these uncertain times. If you haven’t had the chance to visit, Google Maps has a 360 tour that gives you a good sense. It’s even lovelier in person, and you’re given the entire property for your event. We’re really looking forward to our new date. Thanks for everything!”
“How do we even start talking about how special Darby House made our wedding day?!
We honestly and truly cannot put into words how wonderful our experience was at this venue. The people who make this beautiful property a wedding venue cared so deeply about my wife and I that it overflowed into an overwhelmingly joyful experience for every guest and outside vendor that we had with us on our wedding day. From our florist and photographer to our parents, all anyone could talk about was how amazing and special the Darby House made our ceremony!
The property itself was absolutely gorgeous! The large trees and white farm fences that line the long driveway back to the river made my wife feel like a princess when she arrived. Even though we had our wedding before weather can be counted on (early April), the option at Darby House to seamlessly move our ceremony inside or out took all the stress away as we focused on our important day. We were blessed with a 70 degree day and loved getting to say our vows with a beautiful arbor (supplied by Darby House) and the backdrop of the moving water and budding hillside behind us. It was perfect!
Did I mention that they accomplished all of this for us on 6 days notice?? We were unable to utilize our previously planned venue due to the social implications and complications of the coronavirus. A friend of ours reached out to the Darby House to check on the possibility of having our ceremony on their property and that was the last moment we had to worry about a thing. In less than a week we had an entirely new wedding planned and executed with no stores open, no supplies, and all our previous ideas no longer possible.
If you are planning a wedding and want to work with a beautiful venue that cares about you enough to be on your side when you need them most then the Darby House is the venue for you. We have so much to thank them for and will smile on our wedding day for the rest of our lives because of the incredible love and support they invested in making our day incredible!”
“My wife and I got married at the Darby House on September 14th, 2019. It was an absolute fairy-tale experience! This location was exactly what we were looking for. A beautiful venue with lots of nature, gated entrance, long drive to the venue, secluded, etc. There wasn’t a single guest that didn’t comment on how incredible the venue was. We couldn’t have dreamed of a better experience. Would recommend any couple getting married to consider adding this to their list of wedding venues. My wife and I are glad we did.”
“The Darby House made for a STUNNING wedding venue. I knew it was beautiful in the moment, but our pictures and wedding video continue to confirm that’s true. We got married on the back patio along the river and we had the most perfect weather we could have asked for. Jessie was our wedding coordinator and such a delight to work with. Any concerns we brought to the table were calmed after a meeting with her. She was very flexible when we needed it and made sure that the execution was flawless. We would choose the Darby House again 100%. Things we loved: valet parking, beautiful landscape for the wedding and pictures, and having a wedding coordinator to help along the way.”
“The absolutely PERFECT place for our special day! We had a wonderful experience at the Darby House for our wedding and reception. Beautiful place inside and outside, private area for us and our guests, and fabulous execution of all the details. Jessie was our contact through the Darby House and she was very professional, organized, helpful, outgoing, and a pleasure to work with. Thank you for all of your help during our special day and for making it turn out so wonderfully! We couldn’t be happier with how everything came together. If the location wasn’t enough, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events really sold us on this venue! We loved all the food and the chefs did an awesome job, as always, preparing the food. We are still getting compliments on the meal and venue! AMAZING!”
“I just had my wedding there yesterday and it was amazing. The venue is stunning and the whole crew was wonderful. I was amazed at how friendly everyone was, and they did so much more than I had anticipated. I worked with Emily and Chandra, and they were both so helpful. The food was amazing, and all the guests were in awe of the beautiful scenery. I don’t typically leave reviews, but I was just so blown away by everything, I wanted to share how great they were! It was the perfect day, thank you!”