History

About Us

Walkers Mill Vineyard & Winery is the realization of a dream of owners Art & Adriana Strahan.

Resting on the rolling wooded 95-acre of the Lane Ranch, in northwestern Harrison County, the vineyard and surrounding grounds are being slowly and carefully developed with the couple’s signature - love & grace.

The main house is built in a Louisiana plantation-style with a large wrap-around porch. As a retirement plan, the couple started developing their property and, quickly, it began to transform the house and surroundings into an even grander memory-making place.

In 2015, the Strahan's oldest daughter expressed the desire of getting married under the branches of the Oak Tree and have the reception in "the barn" that was just a drawing at the time. After months of planning and preparation, in 2016, the dream started becoming reality. The first muscadine vines were planted and, like the vines that elegantly trail and climb in growth, Walkers Mill Vineyard & Winery is growing from dream to reality. It was from that point that the family began welcoming others to share in the Mill's natural beauty.

The vineyard area is currently being expanded with construction underway to add to the beauty and charm of this very special place.

What sets this vineyard apart is the love and intent behind its development. The Strahan's faith is an integral part of everything that they do and that is evident as you walk among the vines.

"It's beautiful to see the rich symbolism of the vines and the vineyard, which brings to mind how this simple plant became one of the most clear and powerful analogies of God's love that we know,” Art shares, referring to John 15:5.

The newest addition at Walkers Mill Venue are nature trails through the vineyard and forest, carefully prepared to encourage people to walk and explore, stop and breathe, meditate and pray. Adriana says, “our vision for this place is for it to be more than just a place for people to visit, but rather a place to find peace and make memories.”

 

MISSION: Realizing the abundant blessings of God all around us, we are committed to provide an unmatched personal experience and encourage all to rest, reflect, and recharge.

VISION: Carefully craft a unique and elegant personal experience for each customer and become the destination of choice for celebrating life events, both large and small.

VALUES

Heritage – Honor our history and build a legacy for our future.

Hospitality – Endeavor to provide the highest quality experience possible.

Home – Cultivate a family-friendly atmosphere while remembering the importance of stewardship.

 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”     John 15: 5

Walkers' Mill Community

A little bit of the history about Walkers' Mill Community...

On March 16th, 1925, a group of in-laws, relatives, friends and acquaintances all began their journey starting the Walkers' Mill Community.

Two hundred and four acres filled with creeks, pine, and wild muscadines allowed its occupants to soon call this place home, build their lives and make many memories. Walkers' Mill was home to a number of mills through its history which served as a prominent fixture of the community, providing many jobs and a booming business for its time.

The land remained undivided for 50 years. All the families at the Mill developed a strong sense of community spirit.

Barney Bunt, the author of the book "A Place Called Walkers Mill", recalled that father Wilton Bunt with sons Raymond, Felton, and Barnie operated a sawmill at the intersection of Highway 449 and Airlite Road, some three miles east of Walkers Mill, from 1934 to 1936, before relocating the next year to Walkers Mill. These smaller mills, at times called “peckerwood” and “doodlebug” and “whippoorwill mills” could cut 10,000 feet daily. In 1937, they moved the Mill to Walkers Mill where it operated until 1949.

The original sawmill was in operation until the great depression, when the Mill shut down due to equipment failure and a plummeting economy. Not long after, a cotton gin was purchased and assembled nearby to provide jobs for the men during the summer and fall.

The small mills in the community survived until after the war when the great depression ended, and they proved to be in too much competition with mills attached to surrounding towns. This led to many people moving away and causing the community to thin.

Today, where it used to be the sawmill, you can find small mounds of saw dust in pastures and a few houses from the early days of Walkers Mill.

The community is now home to many modern-day families and it has been an inspiration for the owners of the new muscadine vineyard and upcoming winery, who appropriately named their business after this historical background.

The Mill Barn has had the privilege of hosting the wedding of one of The Walker's Family's descendants in 2017 and one of The Bunt's Family's descendants in 2019.

 

Walkers Mill Vineyard & Winery

Different type of business but similar purpose... to honor the memory of our history and build a legacy for our future.