The Hauser Hill Event Center celebrated its grand opening on August 23 with a gala catered event at their hilltop location at 410 Cashtown Rd. in Biglerville. The new business will operate as an event center for weddings, banquets, corporate retreats, as well as fundraising and charity events.
The spacious building on 172 acres was built in 2007 by Jack and Helen Hauser, who owned the land and apple orchards. The couple also opened the Hauser Hill Winery in Gettysburg in 2008. Both businesses closed recently.
The new owners, Melinda Davis and Hannah Hauser, took over in January with the help of Davis’ daughter and Hauser’s niece, Mindi Wood, who manages the center.
Although the purpose of the new business is different, the breathtaking views and gracious ambiance that drew people to the old location remain the same. The center is located in a private and peaceful setting, which makes it the ideal location for private and public events.
The owners have been cleaning and renovating the property, and the long road leading up the hill to the event center has been paved.
“You can see almost forty miles of farmland, forest, and orchard. And it’s just gorgeous,” said Wood.
In the newly-renovated building, there is a plaque with the pictures of Jack and Helen to honor them and the history of the land.
The original building, designed with vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows, includes an attached deck and patio with outdoor seating. Hauser Hill also has the ability to hold larger outdoor events under tents.
“It’s perfect for birthday parties, bridal showers, weddings, class reunions, and more,” said Wood. “The possibilities are endless.”
Wood said the business also plans to host public music events that will include a door entrance fee, to which guests can bring their own food and enjoy live music.
Wood has 25 years of experience as a wedding photographer, and she plans to make Hauser Hill the ultimate wedding destination. The location has a pre-civil war guesthouse that serves as a private place for a bride to get ready and take photos, and which has been newly renovated and remodeled.
Other hopes for the business include making beautiful and rustic spaces within the property to create more photo destinations for events. There are plans to plant a field of wildflowers as well.
Although the business is no longer making wine, they have not ruled out that possibility for the future. Hauser Hill still grows and sells fruit and plans to expand and grow as a business in the Adams County Community.