A Piece of History

The Gould Barn is a wonderful place to have a wedding, or celebration of any kind. The relocation, restoration, and modernization of this circa 1710 barn in the early 1990’s created the perfect rustic venue for gatherings of up to 95 people, complete with a full kitchen, 

restrooms, and all modern conveniences.

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Rustic Charm

The setting afternoon sun warms the barn doors that look out over a wide lawn, ideal for games or seating. The Gould Barn is next to the antique Parson Capen House, and across from Topsfield Common, 

a quintessential New England landmark.

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Create your Unique Event!

At any time of year, whether your style is casual or formal, 

the Gould Barn provides a great space in which to create your custom event, be it a wedding, anniversary, milestone occasion, 

family reunion, or company gathering.

Contact us for rental prices and availability!


Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Gould Barn

1 Howlett St, Topsfield, Massachusetts 01983, United States

(978) 219-4940


By appointment only

Rental Information

  • Rental includes 95 folding chairs, 10 round 60" tables (seats 8-10), and 4 banquet tables (1 @ 8' and 3 @ 6').
  • Linens, flatware, glassware and service items are not included.
  • Kitchen sized trash barrels are available for use. Zero waste events an option!
  • Use of the lawn and grounds included in rental.
  • The barn is heated but is not air conditioned.

Gould Barn Policies

  • A short signed contract and a deposit of 50% is required to reserve a date.
  • Occupancy is limited to 99 guests however the barn more comfortably seats 80 guests.
  • Tents may be used on the front lawn but this does not increase the 99 guest capacity of the property.
  • Parking is limited to the 11 spaces in the Emerson Center lot labeled Gould Barn Parking and the 2 spaces on the grounds labeled Capen House Parking. Additional parking is available on the street nearby.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property.
  • Leave the property in the same condition in which you found it - ready for the next renter.
  • Take all trash & recycling with you.
  • Functions at the barn can start any time after 8:00am.
  • All functions must end by 10:30pm.
  • Keep any grills 75 feet from any building.
  • Candles must not be used, but battery operated candles are allowed.
  • No open flames.
  • Keep noise to a minimum - do not disturb the neighbors.
  • If you plan to serve alcohol you must use an insured and TIPs certified bartender or obtain host liability insurance for the day.
  • Selling alcoholic beverages (cash bar) requires by law either a state licensed bar vendor or a one day permit from Topsfield Town Hall in advance.
  • No beer kegs inside the Barn.
  • The bar should be closed 30 minutes prior to the end of your event.
  • Please adhere to Massachusetts State Laws regarding the use of alcholic beverages.
  • Do not use confetti of any kind on the property.
  • Hay/Straw Bales may not be brought into the Barn.
  • Do not use any nails or tacks.
  • Do not drive any vehicles onto the property.