The Love Story

richard eleanor Richard and Eleanor met at the University of Tennessee, married in their senior year and lived in the couple’s dorm until they graduated. After graduation, they returned to Richard’s family farm in Sweetwater, Tennessee.

In 1967, Richard and his brother bought the Deriso farm here in Americus and built it up to be the largest dairy farm in the State of Georgia. Sons Rick and Ken stayed in Tennessee until they graduated from their parents’ Alma Mater, then moved to Americus to work the family farm.

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For Richard’s 50th birthday in 1985, Eleanor bought the most amazing birthday present: an old log home near property in Virginia where they were leasing pasture land. She had it dismantled and moved to Americus, all 20 semi-trailer loads. Richard and Eleanor Powell then spent the next few years redesigning, rebuilding and expanding on the 1780s original to create an elegant 6,000 square foot home that is a celebration of love and family. A more recent renovation by Rick and his wife Genie is evident in the lovely home you see today.

Now the Powell family is opening up this beautiful space for your celebrations; special birthdays, showers, weddings, receptions, reunions or anniversaries. With overnight accommodations for 12, nonprofits and corporations can host executive retreats in the comfort of a family home setting.

 The House

The original cabin was built in Wythville, Virginia in the 1780s and by 1890 had expanded to four connected cabins, a dog trot and a large basement for the saddle horse and milking cow. The name “Sally Run” allegedly came from an Indian attack involving sisters and “Run, Sally, Run.” The ruins were moved (via 20 semi trailer loads) to Americus, Georgia in 1985. The transporting and re-building of Sally Run took three years.

Richard Elenor PowellRichard Powell and his wife Eleanor redesigned and expanded Sally Run, with its four cabins and “dog trot” into a wonderful log cabin home that combines history with elegance. Sally Run currently sits midway on 150 acres fronted by sod acreage and pecan trees.

Of particular note in the home are the walnut and cherry flooring, the fieldstone fireplaces with Pennsylvania blue slate hearths, the ceiling beams, the general design and the porches and patio. Permachink, a synthetic mortar obtained from Germany, can be seen between the logs. This pliable mortar gets very hard but moves with the logs.

The front door is a replica of the original door which was the only door in the room. It opened into what was called a “parson’s room” which was a room for settlers who stopped by en route through the Cumberland Pass. The entry hall uses the walnut flooring from Pennsylvania and the original wainscot that was “touched up” by a local artist. The dining room and the floor above comprised the first “cabin.” The original room contained two port holes with doors to fire rifles for defense against Indians. There was no kitchen as cooking was done in the fireplace, rebuilt here in the same size as the original. The kitchen area and hallway comprised the “dog trot.” Wood was stacked and dogs stayed in this area.

As the family expanded, two cabins were added to the rear. The dog trot separated the new cabins from the old. The bar has Tennessee native walnut which came from the Powell family farm in Tennessee. The “great room” or family room originally was the two rear cabins which were two stories tall.  The flooring is walnut from Pennsylvania and the massive fireplace is built from limestone rocks transported from Virginia. Notice the circular saw marks on the hard pine beams under the balcony; they were never planed. The office, or sitting room, was the fourth cabin added on to the original.


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Now Richard’s son and his wife, Rick and Genie Powell, have renovated the home to accommodate rental of the venue for weddings, celebrations and retreats.

New Beginnings...

Few things are more beautiful than an early morning sunrise in South Georgia. Sunrises mark the point of a new beginning, and as you enter the beautiful gates of Sally Run you start to feel like you have been given a passage into another time, where life was filled with warmth and imagination.

Sally Run features a 3,300 foot pathway that curves through beautiful pecan trees leading up to a 7,000 square foot 2-story house nestled in old Georgia pines and hundred year old oak trees. This beautiful estate is perfect for any venue including corporate meetings, celebrations and once-in-a lifetime weddings.

The house features overnight amenities, catering options and a wonderful outdoor space which creates continuity easily from the inside spaces. Sally Run’s latest addition is a 22 foot outdoor fire pit situated just off the stone patio. It incorporates some of the same elegant limestone from the original house. It is a wonderful addition for evening events.

Please check out more photos of the house at and contact us for your next party, event or wedding. We hope to hear from you soon.

“We would love to share Sally Run with you in celebration of any special event.
Make your own lasting memories here at Sally Run.