About Darby House


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.

John W. Galbreath, was owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Team from 1946-1985. He is the only man in the world to win both a World Series Championship and a Kentucky Derby. Mr. Galbreath bought the Amish Farm at just 110 acres and expanded the property to 4,500 acres to begin breeding horses. Since then, 1,000 acres have been donated and 1,000 have been sold. The Farm is now managed by his grandson, John W Galbreath II. The Darby House, built on the original 110 acres, was named after the Darby creek which sits directly behind the property. It was originally built for entertaining guests for a variety of activities, such as movie showings, watching baseball, hosting dinners, and more. The Darby House is still family owned and is now in the fourth generation.

More about Mr. Galbreath…
Won the World Series 3 times, 1960, 1971 & 1979
Won Kentucky Derby twice, 1963 & 1967
Won Preakness Stakes once, Belmont Stakes twice
Won the Breeder’s Cup Classic
Won the English Derby
Big Sport of Turfdom Award by the Turf Publicists of America, 1972
Won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder, 1974