Historic Barn Rentals

Update on the 2021 season:

We regret that the barn and grounds will not be open for the 2021 season. 

When we inherited Round Top Farm in 2008, we felt strongly that we should keep rental of Darrows Barn available to the community at an affordable price. The best way to make that happen, as we saw it, was to set it up as a ‘do-it-yourself’ rental, which didn’t involve staffing. This model has worked wonderfully well for over 10 years. 

With COVID, however, that do-it-yourself model is not adequate, especially when we have to ensure that all pandemic-related restrictions and requirements are strictly observed, enforced, and met. 

We look forward to the time when COVID is no longer a concern and once again this local treasure will be available to the community.

Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm

3 Round Top Lane, Damariscotta

Darrows Barn is a 1929 hay barn owned and operated by Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust. It has been converted to support community and musical events and is available to rent by the day or three day weekend. Known for its excellent acoustics and located less than 1.5 miles from the town center of Damariscotta, the barn is a perfect place to hold an event. The barn is surrounded by 15 acres of riverfront hayfields, with public hiking trails down to picnic tables by the river and to the Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site. The site is unique and accessible, the barn remarkable and the setting extraordinary.

Darrows Barn decorated for a wedding

Photo by Bill Ellis Photography

Rental of the barn supports Coastal Rivers’ conservation work and efforts to maintain Round Top Farm as a unique facility open to the community.

Round Top Farm is a unique facility open to the community. Darrows Barn is ideal for community gatherings, weddings, family parties, concerts and dances. The barn will hold 200 people in seated rows and approximately 130 seated at tables. Past renters have raved about the barn, from its “amazingly good acoustics” to its “ample space,” “lovely building, grounds,” “location,” and “charm.” From local school graduations and alumni reunions to fundraising talent shows and benefit concerts to wedding receptions and music festivals the barn works for most any occasion. Check the calendar (at the bottom of this page) indicating availability of the Barn (subject to confirmation by the office).

About the venue:

  • Amazing acoustics
  • Conveniently located less than 1.5 miles from Damariscotta town center
  • Stage
  • Dance floor
  • Surrounded by 15 acres of riverfront hayfields with public hiking trails

Venue Includes:

  • 12 eight foot rectangular event tables
  • 150 metal folding chairs
  • Handicapped access
  • Men’s, Women’s and Handicapped bathrooms
  • Graveled area for outside grills

What you need to know: The Darrows Barn is a do-it-yourself venue:

  • Carry-in/carry-out for all trash (dumpster on site)
  • Insurance required listing Coastal Rivers as additionally insured (view insurance requirements)
  • The Barn is a historic building and there is no cooking or open flames inside the building or on the deck
  • View a more detailed Round Top Farm-Property Use Policy summary.


Cancellation and payment policy:

No dates are considered booked until half of the use fee is submitted along with a completed Coastal Rivers Facility Use Agreement. If the event the reservation is cancelled less than 60 business days prior to event then 50% of the total use fee will be retained. Final payment plus security deposit ($500 payable by separate check or credit card) are due no later than 30 business days in advance of your event. The Certificate of Liability Insurance listing Coastal Rivers as additionally insured is also due 30 days before your event. If cancellation is made more than 60 days in advance, deposit will be returned minus $100 non-refundable fee.

Related PDF Document Downloads:

Insurance Information for Barn rental (PDF)
Round Top Barn layout with dimensions (PDF)
Round Top Farm Campus (PDF)
Round Top Farm Property Use Policy (PDF)
Round Top Barn brochure (PDF)

Rental Pricing:

Private or For-Profit 

3 Day Weekend  – $2,400

Monday – Thursday day rate –  $990


Full Day (weekdays only) – $450

Contact Coastal Rivers at: info@coastalrivers.org or (207) 563-1393

Barn Availability

With great regret the Barn is closed for the 2021 season due to COVID19. 

darrows barn exterior

concert in darrows barn

darrows barn interior decorated for a wedding

darrows barn interior, view from stage

darrows barn interior, south wing