The property at Up the Creek Farms is the original homestead of one of the area’s first pioneers, Ernest Svedelius. Ernest migrated from Stockholm, Sweden to the east coast of Florida and built a two story frame house in the 1870’s. He began an orange grove and started a wholesale fish camp at the head of the creek that runs the length of the property to the Indian River Lagoon. Svedelius is purported to have named the town of Valkaria after Valkyre, a maiden of Norse mythology.
Through many years of different owners, the house fell into disrepair. In 1984, the Tuten family acquired the property and repaired the old farm house enough to raise two kids and lots of animals for the ensuing 29 years. In 2013, one of those ‘kids’ returned to the home with a vision. Transitioning from a catering and restaurant management background, Jessica Tuten, brings her knowledge and passion for event coordination to a new level.
Recognizing the beauty and envisioning a space to share with others, work began to update the homestead into a Bed & Breakfast. With an appetite to entertain, the scope of the project expanded into including a wedding and special events venue. Up the Creek Farms clients are welcomed as friends and can expect nothing less than extraordinary with our facility and grounds.
Situated on over eight secluded acres, Up the Creek Farms epitomizes Old Florida’s charm. Classic white post and rail fencing line the property giving a southern plantation feel. Landscaped and manicured flower beds and paths wind around the lawn and the 130 year old Decklan House. Century old oak trees surround, standing tall and stately, Spanish moss draped from their branches. Look anywhere and spot iconic Florida wildlife from singing Scrub Jays to Ospreys and Sand Hill Cranes. Underwater natives living in Goat Creek, an estuary to the Indian River Lagoon include manatees, turtles and countless species of fish. There are many locations to choose for a romantic and intimate wedding ceremony. Set up a game of corn hole on the lawn during cocktail hour. Followed with a Boathouse reception – a barn designed to feel outdoors with great views of the property, with all the amenities you would want for such a special day.