Nat Small, Owner

Nat is the son of a third generation farmer, and was born and raised in Walla Walla. After several years of work, Nat has renovated and restored the barn to its former glory, by hand. As a student of Walla Walla’s rich agricultural history, owning this barn recognized by the Washington State Register of Historical Places is nothing less than a dream come true. Nat is a Walla Walla police officer who lives with his wife and three young children in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

Q: “Nat, what was your favorite part of restoring the barn?”

A: “My favorite part of the process was scavenging reclaimed and locally sourced materials, and seeing how well they fit in with the existing structure. It was as if they had been made for the barn in the first place.”


Karen Carlile, Director of Event Sales & Venue Manager

When Karen’s not participating in a triathlon (or training for a triathlon), she oversees events at Red Star Barn and at the Maison Bleue & Pambrun winery. As if that wasn’t enough, she is also the mother of six and an active member in the Downtown Walla Walla Community.

 Q: “What draws you to Red Star Barn?”

A: “The rich history and intentional thoughtfulness that Nat has put into the property. I love listening to the quiet beauty, reveling in the stillness of its rustic, bucolic setting, it soothes my soul and heart. There are very few places in the world quite like it.”

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