A Natural Paradise is Your Perfect Wedding Spot
Why not choose a natural and positively perfect setting for your wedding? Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve offers 170-acres of rolling hills in Goshen, Oldham County, Kentucky, about 25 minutes outside of Louisville. The Nature Preserve is a paradise for wedding couples, families and friends!
There are 9 miles of trails, year-round springs, a 206-year old Manor, an historic spring house, gazebos, a fire pit for roasting marshmallows, meeting facilities, fields for flying kites and playing sports, and beautifully landscaped gardens. The new formal Woodland Garden features thousands of native wildflowers and ferns, walking paths, and a stream meanders through the plantings.
It is natural that a wedding at the Preserve is “green” and nature-friendly. Couples are encouraged to plant a dogwood tree or purchase a “lovebird” bluebird box to symbolize their new union.
“It felt as though the trees were singing and as we looked around everyone had smiles on their faces—it was certainly a day to be remembered … it was perfect!“ – Happy newlyweds at Creasey Mahan!
Consider enjoying the natural paradise at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve for your wedding day. To see photos of past wedding at the Nature Preserve, please go to our Multimedia, Photo Galleries page or click here.
To Reserve Your Special Day –
Wedding/Special Event Fees
Rental Fees – Grounds and Field House for an 8 hour period –
|1 – 50 guests||$750|
|51 – 100 guests||$1,250|
|101 – 200 guests||$2,000|
|201+ guests *||Special Quote|
The above fee includes the following –
- Eight hours of use
- Full use of the Field House and the immediate areas around the Field House, including the parking lot
- The agreed upon event area
- Photo areas, if pre-arranged
- A tent area, if needed and pre-arranged
- Limited and specific use of Creasey’s white tables and chairs
- Other areas may be included in the fees, as long as they are pre-arranged
*Note that if there will be 200 or more guests, then Creasey Mahan’s Wedding Coordinator is required at $30/hour.*
IMPORTANT: A 50% reservation deposit is required to HOLD the event date.
A FULLY REFUNDABLE $500 damage and cleaning fee is required.
Other Possible Options / Fees:
200-Year Old Mahan Manor plus 1 Attendant (attendant is required) $600
Rehearsal – possible additional fee determined by event $______________
Environmental/Damage Deposit determined by event $______________
Tent Privilege $130.00
If Additional Staff is requested or required $30.00 / hour
Security Guard, if needed $40.00 / hour
Special Electrical Requirements, such as running lines $57.00
Port-O-Lets, if needed $130.00 each
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Green Weddings…Raise Awareness With Your Choices!
- Choose recycled paper for wedding invitations
- Select locally/regionally grown food and wines/breweries
- Use non-throw aways for serving food, ie: no styrofoam; use washable linens, glassware, and flatware, etc.
- Choose birdseed and bubbles in place of rice or glitter
- Encourage carpooling and cycling for guests and engage an old fashioned horse carriage in place of gas powered vehicles
- Do not use pyrotechnics
- Plant a tree, adopt a tree, sponsor a birdhouse, or organize a day of service
- Offset your carbon footprint with a tax deductible donation to an environmental non-profit organization
The Field House is an open and sunny single-story building that is the most popular rental building at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve! It has a full kitchen, two bathrooms, a coat closet, overhead fans, HVAC, and French doors that open to a picnic table area. It is also accessible by wheelchair ramps.
Weather permitting, many groups like to offer buffet meals indoors and have their guests eat at the picnic tables nearby.
Maximum seating – 40
Cost – Non-profit group: $40.00 for 4 hours, $70.00 for 8 hours or all day
Note: Cleaning deposit required
For-Profit/Private group: $80.00 for 4 hours, $140.00 for 8 hours or all day.
Note: Cleaning deposit required
Please note that all renters must follow the guidelines (posted on the refrigerator) for cleaning up when finished with the facility.
Note: The Field House books far in advance, so if you’d like to reserve it, please call as soon as possible. Check our Calendar page to see if your tentative date is available. Click for more information on the rental fees.
To make a reservation: Call (502) 228-4362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservation Deposit: A 25% reservation deposit minimum is required 1 month prior to the scheduled rental date. The balance of the rental fee must be paid in full at least 1 week prior to the scheduled rental date.
Environmental Impact Refundable Deposit: $50 deposit is required if you will be using inflatables or tents. If the grounds are left undamaged and a Staff member approves, then this amount will be refunded.
Cancellation: A 1 month notice ensures full refund of funds; less than 1 month notice will cost 25% of rental fee or reservation deposit.
Cleaning Deposit: A separate $50.00 (check or cash) “cleaning deposit” is required for rental of the Field House to be paid in full with the rental fee, a minimum of 1 week in advance of the rental date. The $50.00 cleaning deposit will be returned in full once Staff has inspected the Field House (within 24 hours), to ensure the cleaning requirements have been met.
Cooking Area/Food Preparation: All cooking and food preparation is restricted solely to the Field House Kitchen or the grill just outside the Field House. Electrical appliances, grills, or other methods of cooking or food preparation are not allowed in any other location.
The Fire Pit is a wonderful place to gather and cook meals, tell stories, warm up in cool weather, and promote fellowship. Renters of the Fire Pit MUST make previous arrangements with staff at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve and follow strict fire regulations. For more details, please call the office at (502) 228-4362.
The Fire Pit may be rented alone or as part of a camping trip.
Cost: Camping Area $2.50 per person for 4 hours/ $40.00 minimum* for 8 hours or overnight. *Service Project Suggested
Fire Pit $25.00 Per night
Environmental Impact Refundable Deposit: $50 deposit is required for rental of the campground and/or fire pit. Note, if you are renting both the campground and the fire pit, you will only be charged once. This amount will be refunded upon inspection after your group leaves. This will ensure a “leave no trace” event!
The Nature Preserve is a favorite camping destination for many families and scouting groups! Campers can pitch tents along Arboretum Way (pictured) and have easy access to the Fire Pit and nearby restrooms (the green doors).
Please note that no fishing is allowed, and tents are limited to the Arboretum area. Please note that the restrooms do not have showers.
Camping & Fire Pit cost: Call (502) 228-4362 for specific pricing. Cost depends on duration of camping, and the number of people. Click here for further details.
Environmental Impact Refundable Deposit: $25 deposit is required for rental of the campground and/or fire pit. Note, if you are renting both the campground and the fire pit, you will only be charged once. This amount will be refunded upon inspection after your group leaves. This will ensure a “leave no trace” event!
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is located on 170-acres of scenic rolling hills, and was once a horse farm owned by Virginia Creasey and Howard Mahan. Although the Nature Preserve is a non-profit public charity and does not receive operational funds from the city, county, or state, private property, it is unique in that it does not require admission to enjoy the grounds. The Nature Preserve is open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk.
There are several historic buildings, including the historic Mahan Manor, built in 1805 and the Springhouse, built in 1803 out of locally quarried limestone. The Mahan Library branch is in the Preserve’s old dairy barn. The forested area contains over 9-miles of trails, native grasslands and picturesque forested areas.
Athletic Field Rental
If you or your team would like to practice or compete at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, you MUST be pre-approved. Consider that the land is private property, and you must receive permission and there is a small fee.
The Preserve provides facilities for county-wide organizations like the Oldham County Youth Soccer League Association, the Oldham County YMCA, and many of the local schools use our athletic fields for sports practices.
Picnic Pavilions, Gazebo Rentals & Picnic Tables
For groups that are 15 people and under, please know that the pavilions and picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have a larger group and would like to reserve an area, please contact the office.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve’s grounds are idyllic for a wedding ceremony at any time of the year. With the gentle rolling hills, water features, forest, and open areas, there is a special spot for every couple.
The 2-acre Woodland Garden is the newest favorite place for wedding ceremonies. It features arched bridges, beautiful plantings, a creek, pond, and waterfall.
We would be happy to give you a special tour of favorite wedding locations to ensure that you find a perfect place for your special day. Please contact us soon to reserve your date! View photos of some weddings at the Nature Preserve here.
If you are a photographer and would like to take photos for commercial use, it is necessary to have pre-approval and to pay a small fee to help support the Preserve. Please make prior arrangements by calling the number below.
Contact Us Today to Make Arrangements
Please call the office (502) 228-4362 or email Info@KYNaturePreserve.org.