St. Michael’s Church evokes memories of an old country church with its white exterior and its quaint interior. The pitched roof of stained beaded board on the inside produces fantastic acoustics for music and the old carved oak pews with kneelers came from an old church in New Jersey. The pews of golden oak are time worn but with a burnished glow that makes you feel a warm comfort as you enter. Air conditioning and heating make it comfortable for any season and in the fall and spring, you can open the windows and feel the breeze float through especially with the ceiling fans turning. A wooden railing before the altar and kneelers makes the church usable for any denomination and the candle sconces throughout the church add a romantic feel for any ceremony. The antique piano at the rear of the church can be used for accompaniment for an old-time sound. The church will seat 150 people comfortably.
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The Pavilion presents 3600 square feet for enjoyment. With room to accommodate 1120 people seated at round tables and 200 people at rectangular tables, and a full kitchen and serving areas with two side porches, there is plenty of room for a large group. The restrooms have a western flavor but the interior of the Pavilion can be dressed up for more formal occasions or dressed casually as the occasion dictates. Great for family gatherings or reunions, there are seating areas where small groups can sit and talk or observe if there is dancing going on. You can feel like you are outdoors with lots of windows thanks to walls of windows that can be lifted to open the Pavilion directly to the outside. In spring and fall, there is nothing like sitting at the tables with the wind coming through, but if it is an enclosed area you need, then the Pavilion is just what you want. A 30’ X 40’ tent may be added at one end to accommodate more people.
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Hotel and Saloon
The Lucky Lady Hotel and Saloon take you back to when the Old West was booming. The Hotel part of the building has two large bedrooms upstairs with their own baths. Each will allow access to the covered porch upstairs where it is oh so relaxing to sit in the rocking chairs and observe the goings on around the town. Room 1 has a double bed and a day bed, and Room 2 has two double beds. The downstairs Saloon half of the building has all the accoutrements of the old saloon with the bar, the brass railing, the tables for poker, a working pot belly stove and the swinging doors allowing entry from the outside if you want to walk through those or entry from the Hotel side of the building if you want to stay inside the building. The bedrooms are air conditioned in the heat and have heaters in the cold. Or, like most of the building, can be naturally aired by just opening the windows.
Other Agarita Features
Agarita offers a variety of other features that can be used or just explored:
The Jailhouse had a real jail cell with four bunks in the cell itself if you have someone you would like to lock up, or you can treat them as the Marshall and put them in the single bed in the office area. The pot belly stove can warm them up or provide a place for coffee and of course, there’s a table where a game of checkers is set up ready for the players.
The Bathhouse isn’t really a bathhouse but, rather, restrooms for the gentlemen and the ladies. Probably these types of facilities were not really available in the mid 1800s but they are a must today.
The Livery Stable, Blacksmith Shop and the Corral offer stalls for horses if people determine they would like to rent the whole 130 acre property and the trails for a day or a weekend of trail riding or practicing dressage or obstacles for combined driving events.
The Wheelwright Shop presents the venue where targets for Agarita’s monthly Single Action Shooting Society Events are made and repaired. It may look like it’s falling down but it’s not, it was designed to look that way!
The Grand Army of the Frontier Building (GAF Building) and Blockhouse are the toys most men wish they had when they were young. You can climb up into the Blockhouse and look out downrange where the long-range shooters test their skill or can rest your bones in the bunks in the bunkhouse part of the building (where the enlisted men usually slept) or can stay in the comfortable Officer’s Quarters (where, obviously the officer in charge of the fort usually slept). Shower and bath are the place where the two classes of folks back then meet up today even though they didn’t share back In the old days. Ceiling fans and lots of windows keep you cool in the heat and in the cold, there are heaters and lots of blankets. The bunkhouse has bunks for 5 people and the Officer’s Quarters has a very comfortable double bed.
The General Store has merchandise for sale just like one would in the old days. Now, mostly books and collectables replace the food staples that were for sale when the West was young.
Horse and Buggy Trails go throughout the Agarita Property. These trails have seen a variety of horse events including American Driving Society Combined Driving events and Swap Drives and individual horse-related party rentals for the weekend. There are even flush outhouses at one place along the trail for those who do not wish to commune so very closely with nature when the need arises.