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About Us

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Meet the Zordans

The Zordan Family

Abi & Bennett Aho, Alan, Zac

Jen Zordan

Alan and Jen have been married since August 2000. They have two grown children, Zac and Abi, and a wonderful son-in-law Bennett.

 

Alan is a second generation small business owner of a CNC machine shop specializing in steering components for aftermarket early model American cars. Both Zac and Abi work for the company, and plan to take over management when Alan retires. Alan has always supported his family in following their dreams, no matter where they lead.

 

Jen went to school to be an automotive technician, and worked in the field until Zac was born at which time she left the workforce to be a stay at home mom. Unable to sit still, Jen served on the boards of several nonprofits, and also ran an annual event to pull women out of their comfort zones, get them outdoors, and get them engaged in activities such as firearms, heavy equipment operation, fishing, and other things that women don't normally do. She is very excited about this next adventure using what she learned as an event planner to reopen this amazing venue.

Venue History

Morgan Graham was a hard-working construction manager for a restaurant chain in the early 1970s. He built steakhouses all over the country, and retired with a very nice nest egg. He used it to buy an 1820s grist mill on 46 acres in Landrum South Carolina, split by the Middle Tyger River. The property was an old campground with several useful buildings. Morgan made many improvements on the property and opened the Conservatory at Willow Creek. The Conservatory served for years as a stunning and memorable wedding venue in the upstate.

 

When Morgan passed away in 2017, the property was leased out to a catering company which continued Morgan’s dream of providing a beautiful space and wonderful memories. Unfortunately, the Conservatory did not withstand the economic impact of COVID, and sat vacant for several years.

 

By the time the estate was purchased by Alan and Jennifer Zordan, it was in a state of neglect. As they cleaned up the property and cut back the overgrowth, they realized what an absolute jewel they had purchased! The buildings were in better shape than initially thought, and with a little elbow grease they are bringing back to life a breathtaking property with a rich local history, and are honored to be able to continue Morgan's dream into the future.

 

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