Barbara Mandrell’s Home Gets Tourist-Friendly Makeover
The sprawling mansion once owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell is in the process of becoming Nashville's next tourist attraction. According to the Tennessean newspaper, the property has been approved to evolve into a multi-use destination spot, set to open by late spring or early summer of 2010.
The Mansion at Fontanel will include an outdoor music venue which will hold approximately 2,500 people. Other features will include a restaurant, microbrewery, distillery, walking trails and memorabilia museum.
The property's main house is a 27,000-square-foot log cabin which will be available for public tours and special events, such as weddings and corporate meetings. The house most recently has been used for John Rich's CMT reality competition show, 'Gone Country.' The 135-acre property is owned primarily by artist managers Marc Oswald and Dale Morris, whose client roster includes Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson and John Rich, who had his wedding reception at the mansion a year ago.