By Carol Cowan
The Fontanel, a 27,000-square-foot, 18-room mansion and the former home of country music mega-star Barbara Mandrell, is widely known as one of the largest log homes in the United States. Located only minutes from Nashville in Whites Creek, the mansion and scenic grounds recently opened as an events venue and tourist destination.
Current owners Dale Morris and Marc Oswald have merged their personal collections of country music memorabilia with artifacts contributed by Mandrell and other country music stars who visited the property.
The Fontanel Mansion and Farm is open for tours seven days a week, as well as for weddings and private events. Guests also can enjoy The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fontanel, which offers locally produced foods and includes plans for a farm-to-fork, community-supported agriculture experience.
The Trails at Fontanel, free to use with a pass from the Visitor’s Center, are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and offer more than two miles of scenic natural beauty for hikers and bikers. Pets on leashes are also welcome.
The Woods at Fontanel is a state-of-the-art outdoor venue with a 2,500-person capacity for concerts and corporate events.
For more information, call (615) 256-5699 or visit www.fontanelmansion.com.