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Venues in Clare, MI,
(907) 331-7686

About Us

Tobacco Ranch Event Venue is a rustic barn and farm wedding venue located in Clare, Michigan. It is a historic ranch that is perched on a sprawling 80-acre property bordering Michigans’ well-known Tobacco River. Towering cedar trees, flowing creeks, and a serene pond make for a beautiful backdrop to any special occasion. The venue is situated less than a mile away from the downtown Clare area as well as the historic Doherty Hotel. The Tobacco Ranch Event Venue’s combination of modern renovations and abundance of original structures welcome guests into a timeless setting, idyllic for wedding celebrations.

Facilities and Capacity

There are over 80-acres of pristine landscape with which couples are given access to when planning their big event. Throughout the wooded glens and tranquil hideaways, one can find a perfect spot to exchange vows and hold a memorable ceremony gathering. With a plethora of top-quality facilities available, the soon-to-be-weds are sure to feel spoilt for choice when finding a space to make their own. Two lovingly-renovated barns offer special locations to host a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. For the convenience of caterers, a kitchen prep room is readily available and offers a simple solution to the planning party. To help couples and their entourage feel relaxed, get-ready rooms are provided and offer a sense of privacy while preparing for all of the festivities. Some of the additional facilities available include but are not limited to:

  • Large ceremonial lawn
  • Gathering fire pit
  • An outdoor covered dance floor
  • An outdoor silo bar
  • Barn loft

Services Offered

The experience of each couple and their guests come first and foremost at Tobacco Ranch Event Venue. To help each nearly-wed pair on their way to a successful wedding day experience, a comprehensive set of services have been provided. This includes the likes of audiovisual equipment, various decor items, and furniture such as tables and chairs. An onsite event planner is happy to assist couples in designing and executing their wedding.


The ranch was first built in the 1930s by Isaiah Leebove. Isaiah was an attorney with ties to the infamous Purple Gang, who settled in Clare, Michigan while fleeing the law in New York. He built his lavish and spacious, stone-pillared home with the intention of impressing a slew of high-profile house guests, including multiple mobsters and oil barons. Leebove was eventually gunned down in the taproom of the Doherty Hotel by business partner and fellow Purple Gang associate, Carl “Jack” Livingston, in 1938. The property sat vacant for several decades following Isaiah‘s murder until Leo and Glenna Beard purchased the land in 1980. The Beards spent three years renovating the ranch in order to make it inhabitable once again.

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  • My daughter and her fiancé were just married at Tobacco Ranch and while I can not deny that this wedding venue is truly beautiful, I would like to offer a few suggestions to those of you planning a large wedding there. First off, hire your own Wedding coordinator! I can not tell you how thankful I am that I did this. Sara Nunn from Timeless Events and her team were nothing short of remarkable. Without them my daughters day WOULD NOT have ran so smoothly! They took her vision and turned it into a reality. I would even hire your own DJ....not his! My daughter had a list created for ceremony/reception/dinner music and few were played! Second, make sure you get EVERYTHING in writing before you sign a contract or transfer money! You do not want to be worrying about enough seating, table linens, or help the day before the wedding! Lastly, plan on bringing your own decor... there is very little there to offer besides bench seating for the ceremony, an arch and a few signs. They posted my g... Read more

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 10,000.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 5,000.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 10,000.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 5,000.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, Parking, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Limited Bar

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Barn, Farm/Ranch, Historic Building, Waterfront

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Wifi

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Open Bar

    What event items are available?

    Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Furniture, Lighting, Photo booth, Tables, Tents

    What food and beverage items are available?


    What transportation and access is available?


    What months are included in your peak season?

    June, July, August, September, October

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, April, May, November, December

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