a summer tradition
Affectionately known as "Dear," Mrs. Rutland oversaw Riva-Lake for many years, until her death in 1952. Dear's long-time assistant, Sis Byrd, immediately took over as director.
Riva-Lake has always had a reputation as a first-class summer camp and was well known throughout the South for its outstanding riding program.
In 1922, Camp Riva-Lake was founded by Mrs. William Rutland on the banks of the beautiful Elk River in Middle Tennessee.
Through the years, Riva-Lake operated under the loving guidance of Nona Rutland, Kit Pillow, Milbrey Black, Lawrie Canale Peyton and Caroline Jones Silva, who came to Riva-Lake as campers and counselors, and stayed to pass on the Riva-Lake experience to generations of campers. This tradition carries on today, with co-Camp Directors Nonnie Thompson Preuss and Claudia Alexander Haney. Nonnie is a former camper and both Nonnie and Claudia are former counselors, eager to contribute their many talents as they guide our beloved Camp Riva-Lake and a new generation of CRL campers.