Who We Are

Our History

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In 1968 John and Alice Rivers bought a small house and a few acres of land down the street from his parents. Over the years, as land around them became available, the size of their farm grew to over 300 acres. John worked a full-time job where he traveled often, while Alice stayed home and raised their only child Amanda and kept an eye on the farm. John loved the land, and spent every available evening and weekend working the land and tending to the cattle. When John passed away suddenly in 2006, Amanda moved back to Jackson to help take care of her mother and take over the farm. They built Alice a new house next door while Amanda remodeled the house that had been her childhood home. Amanda was lucky enough to have another 8 years with her mother, who happened to be her best friend. Alice passed away in 2015 and Amanda continued to live on the farm and raise Brood cattle on the 300 acre farm her parents loved so much.

Amanda got engaged in 2016 and like most brides, knew what she envisioned for her wedding. She wanted to have it outside, on a body of water, with a sunset view. Not being able to find a venue in the area that offered what she wanted, she decided to build The Rivers Ranch. She had the perfect location right out her back door on the heart shaped pond with an amazing sunset. She had been renting out her house for weddings, corporate parties, and reunions for years. So, when her longtime friend Clare Dornburg mentioned she may be game for a new opportunity, Amanda knew creating The Rivers Ranch and building a new barn was just the right thing to do. Clare had over 25 years in Interior Design, Catering, and Event Planning. Clare’s passion was design, and she had done some amazing things all over the country. She knew that by partnering with Clare, they could create something very special, and that’s exactly what they did. Anyone can throw some paint on a barn and have a wedding, but what they have created is a facility where anyone’s dream can become a reality.

Amanda K Rivers

Amanda is the owner, and Chief Executive Officer of The Rivers Ranch Inc. She is a Butts County native. She lives in her childhood home on the cattle farm her parents started in 1968. In addition to running the cattle farm, Amanda, an Emory University alumni, has a successful real estate career with Crowe Realty and is the co-owner of MSI Design Group, a cabinet distributor and design business.

Amanda has always loved to entertain, build, remodel, and decorate, so building The Rivers Ranch let her put all those skills to use. You may not see her during the events, but you can be sure she has been a part in getting the venue ready for your event. She takes great pride in this venue, as she feels it is a tribute to her parents. “If my parents had not adopted me, I don’t know how my life would have turned out. They sacrificed so that I could have a better life. I want this venue to honor them and the values they instilled in me.”

Amanda can be contacted directly at (404) 414-7481 or amanda@theriversranch.com

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Clare Dornburg

Clare Dornburg is the Chief Operating Officer and Venue Director of The Rivers Ranch, Inc.  Prior to assuming this position, Clare worked as a Senior Sales Manager , a Special Event Coordinator, and a Senior Designer, working with clients like Turner Broadcasting, Coca Cola Company, Careerbuilders, and many of the private schools in the Atlanta area, along with numerous weddings and social affairs.   With her degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in interior design and a successful interior design career, she approaches every situation with creativity, edgy sophistication, attention to detail, and that personal touch to every aspect of the occasion.

Clare’s expertise and unparalleled creativity capitalizes on over a decade of corporate and private special event industry and management experience. Clare is a master at intuiting a client’s needs and wants. From conceptualizing an event to flawless execution, Clare brings the ability to maximize vendor connections to ensure the most successful execution of your event needs within your price point, whether for intimate gatherings or for hundreds of guests.

Why should you let Clare design your event? Besides her years of experience in interior design, event planning, and the catering industry? She listens to what you want and then takes your dreams to the next level utilizing her design creativity. Design is her passion and she is a perfectionist. From your very first meeting until the day after your event, your happiness is her priority. Making your special day an event that everyone will be talking about is what she does. From a rustic barbeque and beer casual event to a black tie formal event, Clare can make your day care free by handling all the details for you.

Clare can be contacted directly at (404) 964-7555 or clare@theriversranch.com

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