After five great years sharing the spirit at Cherokee Rose, it is with heavy hearts that the Durden family has decided to shift our focus away from weddings. It has been our honor and privilege to have married so many wonderful people before God, and in His glorious creation. Guests have traveled to this small slice of heaven from all around the world, and it has been so satisfying to see so many people moved by this place.

Our goal in establishing Cherokee Rose was two-fold:

1) Share the spirit of this place, a gift and glorification of God, from the present glory found in the diverse landscape here, to our family and the German settlement’s history, to the eons of Native Americans that traveled and lived here before.

2) Create income to ensure the longevity of this place and maintain our heritage through improvements and restoration of our land and structures.

As our family and other businesses have grown, it has become more difficult to provide the outstanding and above-reproach service that we believe in. It is now overwhelmingly clear that we can continue to achieve our goals without providing weddings. Instead, our business at Cherokee Rose is shifting to our Retreat.

We have already begun improving the main home at Cherokee Rose Retreat, with a total kitchen renovation completing prior to Memorial Day. The guests are raving over that project, and we are gearing up for our next renovation soon.

In the near future we will increase our rental space, allowing multiple families or friends to gather in awe of the spirit of this place together. We know that as guests gather and spend more time in touch with the history, nature and spirit here that our first goal will be fulfilled in an even deeper regard. We have big plans for The Retreat, and we can’t wait to share them soon.

Until we are underway, we continue to provide top notch services to our currently booked weddings.

So until our next chapter opens, we thank you all for this wonderful ride. We close our weddings chapter, for now, with full hearts.

Please come enjoy Cherokee Rose with your family and friends by booking the homestead at: VRBO

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