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.
After getting us up and running, Clare retired in 2020 from The Rivers Ranch. We wish her all the best in her retirement but we still have amazing things happening here. We have hired a new Venue Director, Allyce Singletary. She has hit the ground running and has brought new energy and fresh ideas to our venue!