The history of Old Glory Ranch
Old Glory Ranch has been owned by Suzanne and Charles McCord since 1984. In 2002, additional acreage was added and the ranch now spreads across more than 2,200 acres, with nearly two miles of Blanco River waterfront slicing through the property. This beautiful river, combined with stately oaks and breathtaking views, depicts the essence that is known as the Texas Hill Country.
Suzanne & her lifelong friend, Laura Weems, an interior designer from Louisiana, designed Chapel Hall to have the feeling of the Victorian Texas period with the repurposed wood & all the antique appointments to enhance the ambiance.
Meet the staff
Suzanne McCord, owner
Suzanne McCord completed her education with a degree in psychology from LSU in 1966. She married Charles McCord immediately after graduation, and he began his tour of duty in the Army, which landed the couple in Washington, D.C. Her first experience in the business/political world was a position as caseworker for Congressman Bill Brock of Tennessee on Capitol Hill. She moved from there into the 1968 Nixon campaign which led to a position on the Nixon White House staff working for Harry Fleming. When the tour of duty in the Army ended and upon settling in Houston to raise their two children, Suzanne started her own child photography business that kept her busy for the next 25 years.
Suzanne and Charles began buying property & vacationing in Wimberley in the 1970s. Always an avid party giver, Suzanne moved to the Hill Country in the early ‘90s to create something “entertaining” on the large piece of property they had acquired in 1984. By chance, a close family friend wanted to get married at Old Glory Ranch in 1997, and with that wedding, a new career was launched for Suzanne. Totally comfortable in this role as a party giver and utilizing her degree in psychology daily, the business plan began. Suzanne, along with her lifelong friend and business partner, Laura Weems, an interior designer from Louisiana, created the design concept for Chapel Hall. Construction of this innovative and flexible special-event facility began in 1999, with completion in 2000.
With the completion of this breathtaking Texas Victorian structure, the rest is history. And now with 18 years’ experience under her belt, Suzanne will witness her 400th bride say, “I Do” in April, 2015. The pleasures of hearing the wedding march are only exceeded today by the sound of her grandchildren’s laughter, but weddings at Old Glory Ranch remain a well-deserved institution of glory!
After nearly 30 years in the newspaper industry with a strong background in graphic design, management, non-profit organizations, social media, sales and marketing, the opportunity to implement those skill sets into a new and exciting direction came along with Old Glory Ranch in the Fall of 2009. Since that time Gina has worked directly with many clients, served in the capacity of site manager, and looks forward to executing memorable events for each and every one.
Karen joined the Old Glory Ranch staff as an event worker in 2006 and loved it so much that she eventually moved on to site managing, followed by event planning. Her ability to organize, multi-task, think outside the box, and provide great client service never goes unnoticed. Employed full-time in the education field, Karen has found her second home at Old Glory Ranch.
Handling the bookkeeping and accounting is just a tiny portion of what Liz has brought to Old Glory Ranch. She has been instrumental in many facets of the development of what has become the Texas Hill Country’s premier event venue. Her vast knowledge of the business and ranch operations has been proven to be invaluable on many occasions.
Carey Millington, events coordinator and owner, BASH Events
Carey has been planning weddings and events in Texas, across the US, and abroad since 2003. While Carey plans events nationwide, her “roots” began at Old Glory Ranch. She has been the preferred wedding coordinator at Old Glory Ranch for 12 years.
When she was planning her own wedding, which was not only featured in The KNOT wedding magazine but also took place at Old Glory Ranch, Carey saw the need for an events company that truly listened, welcomed different trends and ideas, and understood that each bride’s style is refreshingly unique. As a result, BASH Events was launched.
Outside of planning weddings for Old Glory Ranch, the highlights of her career include: Planning destination weddings in Cabo San Lucas and New York City; coordinating multi-day corporate retreats in Miami, South Beach; designing, coordinating and marketing a restaurant grand opening in NYC; designing the annual The Knot wedding magazine party in San Antonio; planning and coordinating the VIP party of the AquaPalooza event at The Reserve on Lake Travis in Austin. This signature event hosted 600 “who’s who of Austin” guests. The event was followed by the largest on-the-water concert in the US, featuring Brad Paisley.
April began her career with the famed “The Great Race.” With 12 years of event experience, she became instrumental in planning numerous fundraising events for the San Marcos Youth Service Bureau. In March of 2014, April joined the Old Glory Ranch Floral Team, and quickly shifted to the Events Team, where her talents and experience could be better utilized. She completed her internship in the fall of 2014 and will graduate in May of 2015, securing her degree in the industry.