Stories of the Ranch

Shiloh Ridge Venue

The Shiloh Ridge venue is a peaceful, intimate place of gathering with extraordinary views of Lake Taneycomo and evening sunsets.

The word “Shiloh” is filled with meaning.

Shiloh was a town in the Old Testament known as a peaceful place of rest and seclusion. Our hope is that those who attend events at Shiloh Ridge will find peace and rest there.

The word “Shiloh” means “the one to whom it belongs.” For the owners, this place belongs to God. The ranch was his idea and he has provided for them on this journey as they develop Sycamore Creek. This name is also appropriate for wedding couples who commit themselves to the one to whom their heart belongs at the Shiloh Ridge venue. Our desire is that their homes will be a peaceful place of rest – and a haven for their families in the years to come.

“My beloved is mine, and I am his.” Song of Songs 2:15

Fire pit with fire, people and barn with Christmas lights in background
Large wooden barn with tables setup for wedding

Heartwood Barn

Those who visit the Heartwood Barn are surrounded by heartwood. Every beam in our barn is a tree. Every beam contains the heartwood of that tree.

The heartwood is at the centermost point of a tree and marks a tree’s first year of existence – just as a wedding ceremony marks the beginning of a “forever” adventure together as husband and wife.

The heartwood is also the most durable part of the tree and is resistant to decay. At the ranch, our mission is to champion and nurture families – and to see marriages and families last for the long haul. Durable and strong. Resistant to decay. Indestructible. That’s what we wish for each of our wedding couples – and for every person who visits the barn for any event.

Sycamore Tree

Sycamore trees live 500 – 600 years. They are one of the most enduring trees in the world.

Our namesake sycamore tree stands tall above the outdoor wedding ceremony venue at the Heartwood Barn. Two trees that grew into one, it has weathered many storms including a tornado in the Spring of 2017. That tornado took a few of its large branches but it’s still standing strong – as it has for over 200 years.

This tree is the perfect symbol for weddings and for what we want to accomplish at Sycamore Creek – to be a place of respite where we contribute to “building families that last.” Family life and marriage can endure many storms through the years. With unending commitment, we believe it’s possible for every couple and family to make it to clear skies on the other side of every storm with their relationships intact. It takes grit but it’s so worth the effort. Marriages and families are worth fighting for!

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