How it all started
Thanks for visiting our website, I’m Ashley. I would love to share our story with you.
Let’s revisit the past.
During the Civil War this place was known as the Maness Plantation. The Maness Cemetery is still located on the property and open to the public. In 1943 Camp Crowder forced home and landowners in the area to sell their property to them. They acquired 42,786 acres of land. Between December 1942 and May 1946, Missouri was home to more than 10,000 German and Italian prisoners of war who lived in 32 camps scattered throughout the state, including at Camp Crowder. After the War Camp Crowder sold the land back to the residents. My Great Grandfather heard about this and moved his family from Silver City, Texas buying 300 acres. Bullskin Creek was bought by another family, my family was able to purchase it in 1986. It wasn’t much to look at when my Grandparents bought it. It had sat years abandoned after the previous house had burnt. In there upper 40’s my grandparents transformed the property to what it is today, holding countless church events in the small cook shack and outside shelters. The property was known as Bussey Lakes.
A little about Matt and Ashley
Matt and I said our vows, June 2, 2012, on the dock overlooking the spring fed pond. We rented a tent and had a reception close to where the barn sits. After the honeymoon, he got a job at a hog production barn and I became a third grade teacher at a local school. A beautiful baby girl came along a year later. After four wonderful months at home with her I decided I needed to stay home and raise my child. No way was that going to happen, we couldn’t manage on one income. I started a prayer journal that year. I prayed hard that God would make a way for me to stay home. A year passed and I was making peace with being a working mom. God had other plans for us though, we broke ground in 2014. My dad designed the barn and we started the build. We had so many people; family, friends and coworkers who jumped in and helped us build our dream. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though, in fact it almost felt like we were building an ark for all the rain we were getting that spring. But, in six months we had a building and weddings in the book.
The barn was completed July 2014. We have booked weddings since then from all over the four state area and more! His plan for us is just beginning, we are so excited to see what our future holds. We look forward to meeting you and seeing how Bullskin Creek will play a part in your story.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
Where rustic charm meets simple elegance
Our custom built timber framed barn is versatile to every style. We have rustic character with elegant touches and vintage charm throughout, setting us apart from other venues.
Outside is 100 acres of rolling ozark hills, with two spring fed ponds and Bullskin Creek running through the heart of it all.
A short drive from everywhere
Bullskin Creek Weddings & Events is set in a peaceful retreat in the Four States but is easily accessible from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Our wedding and event venue is located outside Neosho, MO near the crossroads of I-44 and I-49, making it a short drive from:
- 45 minutes from NW Arkansas: Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayettville
- Less than 30 minutes from Joplin, MO, Webb City, MO, Carthage, MO and Carl Junction, MO
- An hour from Springfield, MO
- Under 2 hours from Tulsa, OK
- Under an hour from Pittsburg, KS
- 3 hours from Kansas City