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About Us . Our Story
My husband and I married 50 years ago and are blessed with 2 daughters, 2
sons-in-law, 4 grandchildren and 1 grandson-in-law.
We love family, we love celebrations and we love sharing our beautiful country
setting with others. We are a down to earth, fun and warm, family owned and
operated business and we love giving personal attention!
I day dreamed for many years of finding a unique and grand barn to
convert to a charming wedding venue. Although not actively looking,
we stumbled upon the grandest old vintage barn of my imaginations!
We lovingly renovated our Historic Dairy Barn and Farmstead Estate and are
delighted to share it with couples and participate in their new beginnings.
We could have never imagined, when we started our venture, that our
very first amazing wedding hosted here was for our oldest granddaughter!
And, although our personal wedding was a very small and simple
ceremony 50 years ago, we now get to have incredible and fun weddings and
receptions nearly every weekend!!
Anne & Les Stevens
Brenda Walker Photography
|Did we mention our family loves to have fun around here?
For better or worse, our couples and their families become part of The Grand Texana family!!
So, if you are up for it .... come see what all the buzz is about. We would love it!
Leah Nicole Photography
JAMES HALL: FIRST OWNER OF
THIS PROPERTY. ONE OF THE
“OLD 300” FAMILIES GIVEN LAND
GRANTS FROM MEXICO THROUGH
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN FROM
FRANCIS JARVIS COOKE: 1816-1903 A YOUNG SOLDIER
AND HERO IN THE TEXAS REVOLUTION. FOUGHT IN
BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO AND GUARDED SANTA ANNA
AFTER HIS CAPTURE. HE AND HIS HEIRS OWNED THIS
PROPERTY FOR 90 YEARS. HE DIED HERE IN 1902 AND
WAS BURIED IN NEARBY SALEM CEMETERY. HIS
GRAVE MARKER WAS MEMORIALIZED IN 1936 DURING
THE TEXAS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION. HIS
DAUGHTER, ELLEN COOKE, OWNED THE PROPERTY
WHEN THE EXISTING DUTCH COLONIAL, GAMBREL
ROOF HOME WAS BUILT IN 1934. THE GRANDSON,
HERBERT COOKE, SOLD THE PROPERTY TO FAMOUS
ARCHITECT, WYATT C. HEDRICK.
WYATT C. HEDRICK: 1888-1964 ONE OF TOP 3
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ARCHITECTS IN EARLY
1900’S. FAMOUS TEXAS ARCHITECT DESIGNING
OVER 300 BUILDINGS. PROJECTS INCLUDED LOVE
FIELD, WILL ROGERS COLISEUM, TEXAS COUNTY
COURTHOUSES, CHURCHES, PUBLIC SCHOOLS,
UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS, BANKS, ETC. HE OWNED
THIS FARMSTEAD, PURCHASED FROM COOKE HEIRS
WYATT HEDRICK HISTORIC DAIRY BARNS:
HE BUILT THE FAMOUS 1926 TEXAS
TECH DAIRY BARN, DESIGNATED A
NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK.
HE BUILT HIS LAST DAIRY BARN ON THIS
PROPERTY HE OWNED. BOTH DAIRY
BARNS WERE DESIGNED WITH THE
DUTCH COLONIAL GAMBREL ROOFS.
Daughter, Ellen Cooke
Francis Jarvis Cooke
Texas Centennial Marker
Stephen F. Austin
Wyatt Cephas Hedrick received 'Man of Distinction' Honor
|Wyatt Hedrick's 1st Dairy Barn, built 1926
Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas
National Historic Landmark
|Wyatt Hedrick's last Dairy Barn, built on this farm
The Grand Texana, Hempstead, TX.
Texas Historic Landmark
"We couldn't have asked for a better venue!
Everyone did such an amazing job on making sure
that our wedding day was nothing short of
spectacular …. They went above and beyond to
make sure that we had a stress-free weekend
for this wonderful celebration! "
"From the minute we met Anne & Les they made us feel like we were
family and that my daughter’s wedding was their wedding also"
|Dairy Barn & Farmstead Estate
Stormye Stevens Puffer
Director & Day-of-Event Coordinator
Stormye is not only the Day-Of-Coordinator, but the
granddaughter of Les and Anne! She is a graduate of
Dallas Baptist University and was actually our first bride
at The Grand Texana nearly 3 years ago!
She lives in Tomball with her husband, Ryan & her
adorable new son, Redford. She values family above
all else and is thrilled to be working alongside her
grandparents! Before coming to work at The Grand
Texana, she was a teacher & loves education. Stormye
is creative, fun & has a great sense of humor - she's
never met a stranger that wasn't automatically a friend!
Stormye is the perfect person to handle your big day.
She's organized, proactive, and a go-getter. She will
make your big day perfect - allowing you to enjoy your
wedding and spend quality time with friends and family
without having to worry about any of the behind-the
-scenes work. With Stormye, you will have a stress-free
and wonderful wedding and always look back fondly on
the day you married the love of your life!
Texas Historic Landmark