FAQs

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Who owns Fontanel? Dale Morris and Marc Oswald

When was Fontanel built? Barbara Mandrell and her husband, Ken Dudney, built Fontanel in 1987

How long did the Dudneys live at Fontanel? From 1988 to 2002.

Where do Ken and Barbara live now? They live about 20 minutes away from Fontanel, outside of Nashville.

Do Ken and Barbara have any involvement with Fontanel now? No. Ken and Barbara have had nothing to do with Fontanel since they sold the property in 2002

Does Barbara Mandrell still perform? No. Barbara retired completely from music and performing in 1997.

What does Barbara do now that she is retired? Barbara enjoys spending her time gardening and hanging out with her family.

Do the bears at Fontanel represent anything? Yes. The three bears you see at Fontanel represent the Dudney children, Matthew, Jaime and Nathaniel.

Does Barbara’s daughter work at Fontanel? Yes. Jaime Dudney is the Director of Hospitality and Entertainment.

Has John Rich ever owned Fontanel? No. John Rich hosted Gone Country at Fontanel. John’s manager, Marc Oswald, owns Fontanel.

Fontanel is 27,000 square feet.

The property is 136 acres.

Fontanel has 13 bathrooms.

Where do the logs of Fontanel come from? The logs come from Montana. They are called Larch Pine.

What is the Stone House on the property? Is the Stone house gift shop new to the property? The Stone House is the original home on the property. The Dudney’s lived there while the ?big? house was being built. Big Kenny (Big and Rich) also lived in the Stone house.

Who are the artists that Dale Morris and Marc Oswald manage? The careers of Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Big and Rich, and others have been managed by Dale Morris and Marc Oswald.

What does Fontanel mean? Fontanel is the soft spot on a baby’s head.

What is The Woods at Fontanel? The Woods at Fontanel is a 4,500 seat outdoor amphitheater.

What are The Trails at Fontanel? The Trails at Fontanel are free to everyone. The trail is about 2 and a half miles long. Dogs are welcome when leashed.