Guest/Spouse Program

Please note that this program is for those age 18 and older.

Pricing: After Sept. 10 $250


Sunday, 17 November

Opening Ceremony and Reception

6:00pm–9:00pm


Monday, 18 November

Continental Breakfast at the Opryland Hotel

8:00am–9:00am

Franklin’s Civil War Past

9:00am–3:00pm

Seventeen miles and 100 years down the road from Nashville is Franklin, a friendly town that captures the warmth and charm of old-fashioned southern hospitality and Civil War history.  The Carter House is a National Historic Landmark and was the site of the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War.  The 1830 home served as a command post and field hospital where twelve Confederate generals lost their lives. Carnton Plantation was completed in 1826 and served as a hospital during the Battle of Franklin, one of the bloodiest of The Civil War. 9,500 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or missing as a result of the furious five-hour battle, The New York Times Best Seller, “A Widow Of The South“  was written about the mistress of the plantation, Carrie McGavock.  There will be free time for lunch in downtown Franklin.

Poster Social

5:45pm–6:45 pm


Tuesday, 19 November

Continental Breakfast at the Opryland Hotel

8:00am–9:00am

Belle Meade Culinary Tour

9:00am–1:30pm

To set the stage for this southern culinary adventure, we will tour one of the South’s great mansions, Belle Meade Plantation. The tour begins in the fully restored Greek Revival mansion, completed in 1853, whose grounds include a large carriage house, stable, log cabin, and several other original buildings. We then spend time in the original Plantation kitchen where the southern cooks will let you participate in cooking and tasting southern classics like biscuits with plantation smoked country ham, pecan pie, or home-raised honey and preserves. The tour also explores the kitchen’s root cellar, herb garden, and the largest antebellum smokehouse in the South where over 20,000 pounds of pork a year were smoked. The final stop will be a sampling of five wines in the winery, a tradition started on the Plantation in 1820. There will be free time for lunch and shopping.

Poster Social

5:45pm–6:45pm


Wednesday, 20 November

Continental Breakfast at the Opryland Hotel

8:00am–9:00am

The Mansion at Fontanel

9:00am–12:30pm

Unique would be an understatement when trying to describe the house that Barbara Mandrell built in 1988 in Whites Creek, Tennessee. It was her primary home for years and acted as a gathering place and getaway for countless country music stars. Take a tour to see and touch artifacts of all sorts that were brought to the house by Barbara or left there by famous guests.

Additionally, the home's current owners Dale Morris and Marc Oswald installed elements from their own private collections from the artists they manage including Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and more. If you're a history buff, you'll be interested to know that the land surrounding the mansion is where Jesse and Frank James came to hide out after the gang's ill-fated Northfield, Minnesota bank robbery. And a few years prior to the James boys gathering here, the Confederate Calvary used the land as a place to assemble during the battle of Nashville. But there's even more to Fontanel's story than that. Come visit and experience all that is Fontanel.

The tour concludes at the Stone House Visitor’s Center and Gift Shop where you can browse through their incredible collection of unique and special gifts. The Stone House is a quaint and cozy little shop full of local crafts and jewelry, gardening supplies, gourmet gifts, home decor and unique Fontanel souvenirs and will have something for everyone!

Poster Social

5:45pm–6:45pm


Thursday, 21 November

Continental Breakfast at the Opryland Hotel

8:00am–9:00am

Explore Nashville on your own!

Poster Social

4:45pm–5:45pm

Closing Ceremony

5:45pm–6:30pm