About Panorama Events

After deciding to turn the seemingly abandoned barn in to a special event facility in 2010,
Panorama Events has thrived as one of Charlottesville's most charming and unique venues.

The Business

Panorama Events is a division of a family owned and operated property which offers a charming event facility in the heart of Central Virginia. Located just 25 minutes from downtown Charlottesville, guests feel transported amidst rolling farmland as they look out at the Blue Ridge Mountains. The facility can accommodate up to 200 guests through a number of different configurations which may utilize the barn facility or tented spaces.

Since the facility offers a limited number of contracts per year, clients are granted responsive, experienced feedback throughout the planning process.

Photo by Jen Fariello

The Facility

The Panorama barn’s original construction date is undetermined, but the facility has been significant icon on the property since at least 1940. Used as a hay and livestock barn until the 1970’s, it spent the majority of its’ recent life as a dirt-floored storage facility until being converted in to a special event space in 2010. A little imagination had to stretch a long way throughout the project as the chances of transforming the barn in to a suitable wedding facility seemed impossible. However, after establishing the groundwork for the barn’s renovation and getting the go-ahead from the Murray family to pursue the project, Margaret dove head first in to the transformation process with assistance from a local contractor.

Though the renovations would be expansive, the design and intentions were simple. The process began with removing 40 years of debris from the barn’s interior and salvaging building materials such as siding, shutters, and windows, that could be used in the renovation. After pouring a new concrete floor, partitioning the suites, establishing a catering area, hanging doors, and installing lighting, the transformation was complete. By improving basic infrastructure and re-using as many existing materials as possible, the barn was finally able to satisfy the needs of an event facility while maintaining its’ original character. The Panorama Event Barn is closed for 2019 and 2020.

Photo by Meg Runion