Our Story

The Finnigan's Run Farm Story From historical farmland to horse farm & premier outdoor event venue

In 1996, Jana Murdock Wilson purchased a 30-acre parcel of beautiful farmland in the Wimberley Farms area of New Hill, NC, about 20 miles southwest of Raleigh. Jana is the great, great granddaughter of Albert Alexander Murdock, a farmer who started building his fortune in the 1870s by going west to Missouri and Illinois and bringing back horses to sell here in North Carolina. Five generations later, Jana is an avid horse lover, proud to carry on the Murdock family tradition. She had always dreamed of having a horse farm of her own. So, she built a horse barn and a farmhouse on her new property and made her dream a reality.

Jana chose another old family name to celebration her Irish heritage and dubbed her new farm “Finnigan’s Run”. Today, Jana shares the farm with her husband, Jayson, her daughter and son, Hayden and Cole, along with Kilbeggan, her Irish draft horse, and Lucy, the best rescue dog ever. Finnigan’s Run Farm remains an active horse farm, but the rustic yet elegant property has also become a premier farm venue for outdoor events of all types.

Our Farmland's History

The story of Finnigan’s Run Farm begins with our site’s rich agricultural heritage. The historic New Hill, NC area was originally settled in the late eighteenth century by farmers, and the region became well-known for commercial cotton farming after the Civil War. Around the turn of the twentieth century, tobacco had become the preferred crop for local farmers, and you can still find century-old tobacco curing and storage buildings across our area. Although farming has changed a lot since the end of World War II, New Hill residents have continued to work the land, growing crops and livestock of all kinds. Finnigan’s Run has been a horse farm for two decades, but it’s easy to see and feel all of our area’s agricultural history to this day.

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Discover Our Venue

Finnigan’s Run is a unique farm venue where you’ll find picturesque horse pastures and a charming outdoor event space side by side. Our 40′ x 60′ patio is the perfect backdrop for weddings, parties, corporate events, photoshoots, and so much more.

Are you looking for a farm venue for your upcoming outdoor event? Look no further! We invite you to click below to explore our photo gallery, see pictures from some of our completed events, and discover all the possibilities here at Finnigan’s Run Farm.

Explore Our Photo Gallery  

Finnigan’s Run Farm would like to credit all farm photos on our website to Bob Fortner Photography of Raleigh, NC. We would also like to recognize Callahan Construction & Development of Raleigh for building our beautiful farmhouse as well as LandArts of Apex for our gorgeous landscaping and patio.

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