In 1987, Amanda's parents, William "Eugene" Cantrell and Ellen C. Cantrell, bought the Green River Plantation property in their retirement. Through the years, as the house grew in notoriety, Amanda's assistance was needed in order to run the business and provide services on behalf of the plantation. As their only child, Amanda has been at the plantation full-time since late 1998, and by 1999 Amanda and her father, Eugene, started the catering portion of the business. After her father's passing in 2009 Amanda became the shared owner of the plantation with her mother.
Her mother, Miss Ellen, still lives on the property in a home apart from the "Big House," and gets to enjoy her fulfilled dream of living at the Green River Plantation property with her daughter Amanda tending to the management and all upkeep aspects of the "Big House" and the property of Green River Plantation: the Gatehouse, the Pavilion and the attached farm land.
Ellen, and her deceased husband, William "Eugene" Cantrell, purchased the property of Green River Plantation in 1987. She was instrumental in the restoration and decoration of the main "Big House" at Green River. She owned and operated an interior design company in Maryland near the Washington DC area. When she and Eugene retired to Rutherfordton, NC, in the late 1980's, she opened a small interior design business in downtown Rutherfordton while maintaining the grounds and buildings at Green River until her daughter, Amanda, took over sole responsibility in 2016. Miss Ellen enjoys a quiet life with her current husband Mr. Charles in a private residence on the plantation property. (Pictured above with her little dog, Buster)
Born and raised in Polk County, North Carolina, just 6-miles away from the Green River Plantation, Eugene Cantrell served his country during the Korean War and later worked in Washington DC for the Federal government. He was a proud man and extremely loved by the people of the community. He and his wife, Ellen, purchased the plantation property in 1987. He lived at the Plantation and tirelessly worked the property for 20-years before his tragic passing in January 2009. Semblances of his handiwork can be seen throughout the "Big House" and all across the plantation property. We love and miss him, everyday.