A Music City Must
Visit Fontanel Mansion, which pays homage to country music star Barbara Mandrell. A music prodigy, Mandrell first evidenced her abilities at five years old and was skilled at the steel guitar by age eleven. As a teenager, she toured with The Johnny Cash Show (which also featured such notable artists as Patsy Cline, George Jones, and June Carter). Her long career included stints on television, and in the 1980s she hosted a variety show on NBC.
Take a self-guided tour through the more than 27,000-square-foot abode, or let a tour guide serenade you through the home. (Sometimes, they play original songs.) Mandrell’s log mansion now features artist displays and memorabilia. It’s also home to some of the city’s great music venues. The Woods at Fontanel holds 4,500 guests, while the Back Porch Concert Series hosts more intimate gatherings.