October 25, 2021 - The Overstreet Farmhouse, a historic home and farm located near Cowlington, Oklahoma, south of Sallisaw, is set to be brought back to life. The Kerr Center was given ownership of the house in 1988 by the Overstreet family, who originally built the home in the 1890’s. A few years ago, the Kerr Center decided to sell the home and in September of this year it sold to a local couple who have exciting plans for the farmhouse and grounds.
Logen and Jessika Gipson, new owners of the Overstreet Farmhouse, explained that the farmhouse was completed in 1895 by Tom Overstreet, who settled in the area in the 1870’s. It was originally a working farm encompassing several thousand acres, known for its production of cattle, hogs, mules, cotton and potatoes.
Once the Kerr Center took ownership, according to the Gipsons, it served as an educational program for visitors. Information from the Kerr Center stated it, "gave visitors a glimpse of life on a working farm during the early 20th century.” School children from all over the area visited the center on educational field trips and experienced a fun look at farm life.
"Once the Kerr Center decided to sell, we spent a lot of time thinking and praying before taking ownership of the home in September, Logen Gipson said. "We have driven by the farm numerous times and every time both of us would make the remark that we just wish someone would show that place some love and now we are getting the opportunity to do just that."
The Gipsons plans for the historic property include restoring the house and barns while keeping them as historically accurate as possible. "We are transforming one of the barns into an event space large enough to accommodate two hundred plus people," Logen said.
The event space will be a rustic style, complete with a cement floor, exposed rafters and available bathrooms for guests. There will also be outdoor spaces for guests to gather, as well as a couple of exterior locations on the farm to host the perfect ceremony or event while having a panoramic countryside backdrop, Logen added.
The couple plan to have several packages available to book so guests can customize their experience to make it unforgettable. Some of the packages will give guests the opportunity to relax and stay in the “Big House” with its six available bedrooms, bridal suite, groom's chamber, commons area, full kitchen, dining space and bathrooms. Guest bedrooms will be decorated with a variety of decor themes for guests to choose from.
Also available will be tables and chairs to accommodate over two hundred guests.
“Our ultimate goal is to bring an unique, rural, and historical location for guests from the surrounding communities to come and celebrate special moments and events in their lives,” Logen stated. "We are looking forward to providing an experience that will not soon be forgotten."
The house and venue are scheduled to be ready for event rentals in the Spring of 2022.
You can follow the Overstreet Farmhouse Facebook Page or Instagram @overstreet_farmhouse and join the family as they bring this place back to life!
The Gipsons have two young children and live south of Sallisaw in the Brent community where they raise beef cattle.
Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer
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