A new place to celebrate has recently opened up in Mt. Orab, just past the Pike Township Building on St. Rt. 774.
It’s called the Gladsad Manor Event Center and opened its doors to the public on Memorial Day this year.
Owned and operated by Donald Banks Schindel, the Gladsad Manor sits at the end of a quarter of a mile driveway, lined with dozens of old maple trees. Schindel is a 1975 graduate of Western Brown High School, but lived in Missouri for 37 years.
“I am so excited to be opening up my old homeplace to the public,” Shindel said. “Everyone always asks me how Gladsad Manor got it’s name and I’m always happy to tell them.
“In the 1920’s, my grandfather Gabriel C. Banks, was a minister for the Christian Church in Maysville, KY. As everyone knows, preachers rarely had any kind of retirement benefits, and of course there wasn’t any social security, so people were on their own. Most of them invested in land.”
Schindel went on to say that his grandfather began saving money he earned on the side by performing weddings for $3, (the Glad) and funerals for $5,(the Sad). He saved his money in an old earthen jar which was hidden in the rafters of the parsonage.
“Well it took my grandparents about 13 years,” Shindel said, “but they were able to save $2,000, which they invested in this 60 acre farm here in Mt. Orab. That was in 1933. The old plantation home was built in the 1840’s before the Civil War.
“The farm has stayed in my family all these years and I moved back last year in the spring of 2015, with hopes of opening up this event center for the community.”
Schindel said his vision for Gladsad Manor was to offer a home atmosphere without offering the home.
“Glad Sad Manor is the perfect rural setting for families to hold events like weddings, wakes, showers, family reunions or similar events,” he said. “I will be renting the facility out from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., but not for over-nighters. It’s not going to be a bed and breakfast, it’s an event center.”
The beautiful mansion will easily accommodate 60 people, with a beautiful Florida room and picnic tables next to the large lake near the house.
The cost to rent the center is only $100 per day (with a $100 deposit). There is a full kitchen suitable for catering.
“The large room in Gladsad is 40’ by 20’ and includes two huge old dining room tables,” Schindel said. “I have decorated the home with old folk art throughout. Some of the furnishings have been in my family since the 1880’s,”
Parking at the center is no problem and the center has a facebook page, Gladsad Manor Event Center.
For more information or to book the center for an upcoming event please call (513) 965-1412 for a tour.