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the rustic charm of the silos
Story by Audrey Hanes • Photo by Amy Long

When Lori and Sam Denton bought 122 acres of scenic farmland just outside Bono in 2006, it didn’t take long before they felt called to share the property with others. Last year, they built The Silos, a beautiful, rustic barn with countless personal touches that now serves as a unique event venue for parties, weddings and other special celebrations.

“We bought the farm from Joe Mack Campbell; he called it ‘point paradise,’ and he was right,” said Sam, who also owns Therapy Providers of Arkansas. “The first time he (drove) me around the farm I realized just how beautiful Crowley’s Ridge is. That’s when I realized we needed to share this beauty with others.
Since I have lived here, I have learned more about the history of this area and the charm of its residents.”

The Dentons are proud of that history and are eager to share it with others. Their land is adjacent to that of Trinity Cemetery and Trinity Methodist Church, which was built in 1889 and is one of the oldest in Craighead County. That same land also served as the site of the former Trinity School, which operated from 1881 to 1942.

Sam and Lori built their home on the property in 2007, and the historic silos on their land served as an inspiration to create a unique venue for the area. The silo that sits directly beside the barn is one of two silos on their property, both of which were constructed in 1967 by the Memphis Concrete Silo Company.

“The idea for The Silos really started when we first looked at the property, ” said Lori, a nurse practitioner at St. Bernards Senior Health Clinic. “The location is beautiful and we’ve felt that it would be great to share it. Our two children, Joe and Samantha, both recommended we build a place in the area that could be used for events. … I’ve come to realize there is a need for a venue like
The Silos. People are looking for places to have events that will accommodate large crowds and that are unique.”

The two-story barn is casual and elegant at the same time. Rustic barn wood, burlap and sliding barn doors mesh well with elegant chandeliers and the picturesque scenery surrounding the barn and silo. Its large lower level features a covered patio, kitchen, restrooms and bride and groom suites. Two large staircases lead up to The Silos’ impressive second level, complete with a balcony that is perfect for photo ops.

“One of my favorite areas is the outdoor patio,” said Lori. “The area is partially covered, has ceiling fans and additional pretty lighting. There are several whiskey barrels and drink tubs. We also have two bars that can be moved wherever they’re needed. We have several old church pews and a couple of fire pits that can be enjoyed outside of the patio area.”

Many of the barn’s unique touches are courtesy of its owners’ creativity and the influence of friends and family.

“The barn does have several personal touches,” said Lori. “Steve Cline was the builder, and his craftsmanship is evident throughout. We got cedar for the inside walls from a lumber mill near Tuckerman. The light fixtures are perfect, especially the chandeliers that hang in the center. These came from The Lamp
Outlet in Bono; Jim and Linda helped me greatly to find the perfect fixtures. I have pulley lights hanging on the center posts – I searched flea markets until I found enough old wood pulleys. I told the electrician what I envisioned, and he put the fixtures together beautifully. A friend made four wooden saw horse tables that we’ve used to serve food on.

“Our kids and friends helped us plan the layout considering how an event such as a wedding would use the facility. Sam has made the grounds beautiful, doing the landscaping and outdoor lighting.”

From family weddings and vow renewals to charitable events, The Silos is proving to be a welcome and memorable addition to area event venues, including the Dentons’ own family celebrations.“This has been so special to us for so many reasons,” said Lori.“Our son was married there in the fall, and our daughter will be getting married there soon.

“I enjoy having weddings here; it is such an important event in one’s life, and I feel blessed that we can offer this to couples. I’m proud to own a place that hopefully for generations will have those special memories. It’s always fun to see how differently people will decorate and use the facility. By far the best thing is just seeing people having a good time.”

“The community is as excited as we are to share the beauty and history of this area with others,” added Sam.

For more information about The Silos, located at 1743 Country Road 380 in Bono, visit the venue’s Facebook page, call 819-8932 or email thesilosinfo@gmail.com.