A Peaceful Relaxing Setting With A Profusion of Country Charm!

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We have facilities for a variety of events, large or small, and we're located just minutes north of downtown Carthage, Missouri.

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Welcome to the Civil War Arena!

Thank you to Eaglewood Speedway for the last three years of racing.  However, we are no longer hosting go-kart racing.

We are making changes to the arena to accomodate horse events and other large-scale trade shows and exhibitions.

If you are interested in hosting horse events or other large-scale events, please call 417-237-0771.

If you are looking for information on go-kart racing, go to http://eaglewoodspeedway.weebly.com/ or look for Eaglewood Speedway on facebook.



The Civil War Ranch is located just north of downtown Carthage and 15 minutes from Joplin, MO! Take Exit 55 off I-49 and go north two miles. The Civil War Ranch and Arena is on the east side of Civil War Road and just south of Locust Road.


Main public entrance to the Indoor Arena.
  A view of the Indoor Arena looking northeast.                       Nurmerous stalls on east side of the arena.     Outdoor view of the Civil War Ranch Arena.



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The Making of the Civil War Ranch

  Bruce and Chris Westwood purchased the ranch at 11838 Civil War Road, Carthage, MO, in the fall of 2012. (Text continued below.)

    Chris fell in love with the ranch on sight, especially the main barn, which is at least 100 years old.  She had a vision that this amazing old barn, which had housed animals for virtually its entire life, could become a beautiful country venue for weddings and other events.  

   The transformation of the property into the Civil War Ranch, a wedding and events facility, began in earnest in the spring of 2013. 


Here are some before and after photos of the Ranch

(Before photo on the left or is the first of the two photos, and the after photo is on the right or the second of the two photos):


Front of Wedding Barn/ Events Center (looking south and southeast)


Barn Courtyard (looking east)


Pole Barn on north side of Courtyard (looking north and northeast). 


Courtyard Wedding Tree on west end of Courtyard (looking north, left, and looking west). 


Wedding Pathway between Corn Crib and Wedding Barn (looking north, left, and looking south, right.


First floor of Wedding Barn/Events Center (looking southeast in both photos)


Second Floor of Wedding Barn/Events Center (looking south toward Ranch Pond)


South side of the Wedding Barn/Events Center (looking northeast)


North edge of Ranch Pond just south of the Wedding Barn/Events Center


Additions to the Ranch Complex:

Rose Arbor and Flower Beds on east end of Courtyard; Dock on the north end of the Ranch Pond.

The first event was the Maggard Renewal of Wedding Vows Reception on July 20, 2013.  The Civil War Ranch's Official Grand Opening was on Sept. 28th of that year.

Civil War Ranch offers a variety of facilities and venues to accomodate events of all sizes - and all at reasonable rates!

Civil War Ranch Featured on TV

Bruce and Chris Westwood were interviewed on TV Monday, July 22, 2014 on the KSN Noon News. Included were some great video and photos of the Civil War Ranch:

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News Article: Restored barn becomes events center

Read an article by Jo Ellis published Feb. 16, 2014, in the Joplin Globe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about Bruce and Chis Westwood and the development of the Civil War Ranch: 


Northwest of Carthage, in a barn well over 100 years old, couples are saying their wedding vows, church families are gathering and kids are having exciting birthday parties.

Bruce and Chris Westwood, who migrated in 2001 from Utah to Southwest Missouri, purchased the 73-acre Civil War Arena ranch property in 2012 and started restoration of the barn, converting it into a rustic events center. The two-story structure that Chris “fell in love with” originally held 16 horse stalls and a huge loft.

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