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395 West Cedarville Road

Freeport, Illinois 61032

Hours Of Operation


November 1 to Memorial Day
Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 to 6:00
Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 
Memorial Day to November 1
Open Every Day 11:00 to 6:00

Closed Easter,
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day


Just as our wine tells the story of this land, events at Famous Fossil tell your story and reflect your personality and entertaining vision. Meticulously restored and remodeled as an events center, the 1930s corn crib on the Famous Fossil estate is ready for intimate, pastoral ceremonies and receptions.  The Crib and its adjoining shelter offer a beautiful view of the vineyard, a meandering stream and a charming bridge.

What You Can Expect

The Crib and Shelter seat up to 150 theatre style or 100 at tables. Rental of The Crib and Shelter includes set up of tables and chairs and clean up at the end of the day.  You’ll have the support of our Wedding Coordinator and skilled staff.  And you can get ready for your ceremony in our Oak Barrel Room.   Your event will naturally include Famous Fossil wines and can be accented with delicious craft beers.    


Ceremony Rental is $1,200 - $1500 for 4 hours.  Reception Rental is $2,000 to $2,500 for up to 6 hours.  Ceremony and Reception Rental is $2,500 to $3,000 for up to 10 hours.  Day-before rehearsals are $100.  All prices include tax but do not include wine or beer, food, or gratuities. 


Rehearsal Dinners start at $21.95/person plus wine and beer and gratuity.  Or if you choose to have your dinner catered, you may rent our winery building for $300 plus wine and beer and gratuity after 5:00 p.m. for up to 4 hours.  


Have something else in mind?  Something short and sweet, small and intimate?  We are happy to work with you.  We want you to enjoy the very special setting that is Famous Fossil.  So, please, give us a call so we can create the day of your dreams. 


Contact Sarah Thies, Famous Fossil Wedding Coordinator at 815-563-4665 or  to learn more.   



Private Parties

Bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, reunions, or any other reason you find to have a party – we’ve got the perfect space for you.  Our Oak Barrel Room is beautifully decorated with natural lighting and a view of the countryside.  The room seats up to 36 and comes with all tables, chairs and linens for your party along with two non-alcohol beverages of your choice.  And with two restrooms and plenty of parking, you can relax and enjoy the party. Rental is $65/hour or 3 hours for $150. 

The Crib and it’s adjoining open shelter offer a beautiful view of our covered bridge and can seat up to 150 or 100 at tables.  We have a menu of select luncheons or light dinners.  Or we are happy to recommend a local caterer. 


Please contact us for a current contract with rental fees and menu options.

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395 W. Cedarville Rd.

Freeport, IL 61032

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