History

Leola and Abraham John moved to Parrish, Florida in 1918. They bought 110 acres from a family member and built their house in 1921; the house we still live in to this day. The property had a persimmon grove and chicken houses back in the early 1900’s, but then was transformed into a cattle ranch which is currently operated by their grandson, Mitchell John, and his family. The land on which we live is more that just property – it is a symbol of family heritage and we take pride in carrying on the tradition.

Family heritage is something we hold close to our hearts, so we want to welcome you to come and celebrate with your family and friends in our barn. Whether it’s with a wedding to unite two families into one, a graduation party to celebrate someone’s success, a birthday party to celebrate another year of life, or even a retirement party to mark the beginning of a new and exciting chapter of someone’s life, we would be delighted to share the place where we celebrate our family so you can celebrate yours!

Amazing!!!  The most professional people one could ever meet.  We are Haitian couple with a HUGE crowd…. they were very flexible and sweet.  The view was gorgeous with all the trees and green pastures.  The bridal suite was comfortable and rustic.  The best place ever!!! Thanks!  Allowing me multiple visits before my big day.
Jonia

WOW!  What can you say about Rafter J Ranch Barn.  This place is spectacular just to look at, let alone seeing it all decorated, it’s just stunning.  The owners are very hands on with the arrangements and are so very friendly.  The nicest people you will ever meet.  Their venue was the perfect setting my for daughters country style wedding.  You will NOT be disappointed with securing this location for any type of event.
Lou Ann