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. The Oak Barrel Room in our winery building is available for getting ready for your ceremony.   Your event will naturally include Famous Fossil wines and can be accented with delicious craft beers.    


Ceremony Rental fees are based on time periods you choose and the size of your guest list.  We are happy to create an event that is unique to you. Whether your event is a day long affair or something short and sweet, small and intimate, we are happy to work with you.  Pam Rosmann is a certified Wedding Celebrant and licensed officiant.  She can help create a ceremony that reflects your unique relationship.  We want you to enjoy the very special setting that is Famous Fossil.   

Under restrictions of the CoronaVirus Pandemic, we may limit the number of guests as provided under the guidelines of the state of Illinois.  


Contact us 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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