Our History

The Stone Barn Livery Stable was built in 1838 using stone taken from a nearby quarry between the Grace Kessler and Paul Brock farms on the Lake Macbride Road, and the mortar came from the Cedar River. At the time it was built for a mill, but residents complained of the noise it would cause so it was completed and used as a livery stable for many years. In the early 1900s, C.H. Palmer operated the livery stable along with his Palmer House Hotel which was on the corner of where the BP gas station now sits and with Fred B. Beranek & Sons who had a livery and feed stable with funeral carriages as a specialty.

The Stable was built:  
Before Iowa was a State 
Before our territorial capital was Burlington 
Before our eighth president (Martin Van Buren) was in office 
Before the Civil War (1861-1865) 
Before the birth of Buffalo Bill Cody 
Before the California Gold Rush 
Before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb 

And built after:
Davey Crockett fought at the Alamo 
When most rural Americans lived in either Log Cabins or Sod Houses

Visit Palmer House Stable Weddings & All Life's Events today.
Great place for my niece’s graduation party! It was a wonderful combination of elegance and rusticity all at the same time, which made it comfortable for family and friends.” – Kat S.

“We can’t say enough wonderful things about the Palmer House. My daughter and her fiancé chose this venue for their winter-themed wedding and reception. The space was beautifully rustic!"
"We held the ceremony upstairs and then moved our guests downstairs for cocktail hour while Al and Angie set up the reception space. They were terrific to work with. We couldn’t have imagined a more charming location, and will have many lovely memories for years to come.” Patti H.
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