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Owning Richwood on the River is truly a blessing. Let me share part of that story with you.

My first visit to Richwood was back in 2006 when I was assisting a very good friend with a wedding on the property. I immediately fell in love … how can you not??!! I even mentioned to the innkeeper that if he ever wanted to retire, to PLEASE contact me! Fast forward a few years and I was lucky enough to be hired by a couple that booked Richwood on my recommendation and I was so excited to be able to come back and help create beautiful memories at this location. My mother was in town visiting and I knew that she would also appreciate the beauty that Richwood holds and we decided to take a day trip to Milton, KY and Madison, IN.

As soon as we pulled into the driveway, she held her breath and took in the sights of the property. We enjoyed time walking the property and speaking to the groundskeeper. When we were done and getting back into the car to continue our day with lunch in Madison, IN, my mother became very quiet and seemed reflective about something or some thought. I quietly asked her if everything was okay. She looked at me and reached over to touch my arm and quietly said, “You are going to own this place someday.”

Well mom … you were right. Sadly, my mother passed away on November 27, 2012 and did not witness the whirlwind adventure of becoming the owner of this incredible venue … however it is my truth that she had a hand in every step that it took to make my dream a reality. With her guidance and the faith in GOD that we were moving in the right direction, on October 1, 2015 … Richwood on the River became my Dream Come True.

I have been in the events industry since I was 14 years old. It is in my blood and there is nothing else that I would rather do. I believe that if everyone did what brings them JOY … this world would be the most incredible place! I look forward to serving as your host here at Richwood on the River, whether you are coming for an overnight B&B getaway or staying the weekend to celebrate a most wondrous occasion, we hope that you arrive in awe and leave with memories to last a lifetime.

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Colleen Sutton


Being the owner/operator for Richwood on the River is a dream come true. A wonderful friend said to me during this process, “If your dreams don’t scare you, then you are not dreaming BIG enough!” I hold on to those words daily. Thanks Tania!

I hope to inspire my daughter, Ava Rose, to fully understand to follow her dreams and to always do what truly makes her happy. The money will follow. Hearing the laughter in the walls of the mansion from guests enjoying the warmth of a fire and the love of family and friends … is exactly what my hopes were and are for this property.

I love sharing my home with you and hope to have my small part in creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Nicole McKown

Event Manager/ InnKeeper

Nicole McKown is a graduate from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. During her time at Iowa State, Nicole obtained three years of event and hotel experience working with Marriott and the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, where she specialized in weddings, anniversaries, and corporate events. She learned what a positive impact a well-managed ceremony has on her clients’ life-celebrating events.

Prior to joining Richwood as Inn Keeper and Event Manager, Nicole also completed an internship with Richwood where she quickly became enamored with the property and the staff. Nicole, also having previously lived in the region, fell in love with the beautiful scenery, the beautiful Ohio River, and historic architecture of Richwood and surrounding area and is excited to share that with others during their special occasions.

Kelsey Stenger

Event Manager/ InnKeeper

Kelsey Stenger was born and raised in a small town in Southeastern Indiana. A recent graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC, she majored in baking and pastry arts with a concentration in event management. Kelsey was a member of the Collegiate Ambassador Team (CAT) for two years. CAT is JWU Charlotte’s student tour guide association. CAT members strive to represent the University in a positive manner, and serve as hosts at all Admissions events.

While in school, Kelsey took courses in wedding planning and special events, and immediately fell in love with the industry. Kelsey has assisted with various weddings and events with Ava Rose Event Design and is excited to be a part of the team at Richwood on the River.

Hannah Haggerty

Inn Keeper

Hi! My name is Hannah Haggerty and I’m one of the Innkeepers here at Richwood on the River. I’m twenty-three years old, a recent college graduate with a degree in communications, and a lover of travel!

When my sister Colleen purchased this beautiful property, I knew I wanted to take on this crazy adventure with her. I moved here from Upstate New York, and although it’s been super hectic at some times, I have loved every second of it.

I’m looking forward to learning this business more and helping with weddings, because who wouldn’t want to be a part of someone’s best day of their lives? Looking forward to meeting you!


Inn Keeper

I’m 23 and recently graduated from Cortland University in New York with a Bachelors degree in Communications. I came to Milton, Kentucky to assist my sister, Colleen, in the start-up of her new and exciting Event Center and B & B business.

I am an avid traveler and upon graduating from Cortland I traveled extensively throughout Europe for several months. It is my goal to one day live and work in Ireland, which is where my mothers family live. When I am close to home I like nothing better than to curl up on the couch and watch a good movie.

I am enjoying my time here at Richwood On The River and learning a lot about what goes into the planning and production of a successful wedding. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a part of the best day of someone’s life? I am so fortunate to be a part of the team at Richwood on the River.

Colleen is amazing at her job, and made our day beyond special.
Liz JamesSatisfied Customer