What's Old is New Again
Our historically restored, 1920's venue can accommodate your intimate gathering in our lounge or a grand party of 500 guests in our ballroom. We offer full service catering and bar services, complete with a personal event specialist to attend to every detail of your event.
The First Floor Ballroom seats 250 and nestles up to Young’s Creek to the South in historic Downtown Franklin, Indiana.
Our swanky lounge - with its custom hand-blown glass light feature - seats more than 100 guests and can flow onto the outdoor patio.
The Second Floor Ballroom seats 500 guests and has panoramic views of historic downtown Franklin, Young’s Creek, mature trees and the rolling green landscape of Franklin’s Province Park.
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A Gathering Place Throughout History
The Varynit Mills Garment Factory was originally constructed in the mid-1920’s and employed several seamstresses who made clothing, especially undergarments.
It was a bustling factory during World War II as the seamstresses prepared clothing for the United States military.
Later it became home to Kay-Jee Sporting Goods and gained notoriety for producing the uniforms used in the movie, Hoosiers.
For several years, it served as a storage facility for a local moving company.
In 2016, brothers Todd and Billy Bemis of Bemis Group purchased the building and partnered with the City of Franklin on a remarkable historic preservation and renovation project to turn the building into a premiere event center.
The Bemis brothers also forged a partnership with successful restauranteur Kwang Casey, owner of a Greenwood restaurant and brewery, Oaken Barrel. Casey agreed to operate the facility, including the catering of events.
The project has gathered attention not only in Johnson County, Indiana, but throughout the state and Midwest.
The Garment Factory Events center is historically significant and one of Central Indiana’s finest event facilities.
Contact us at 317.868.8227 or by email to schedule a tour.