My parents went to Tennessee and visited the Gaylord Opryland hotel and resort and came back with a pretty cool story that includes Apple Valley Lake. Thanks Ma!

 

The Opryland Hotel opened its doors to guests in 1977.  Originally, the hotel was built to support the Grand Ole Opry. It had 580 guest rooms and a ballroom. 

The hotel became a hot spot destination and in 1984, it increased its size to accommodate another 480 guests and also added a convention center and a Garden Conservatory. The atrium featured over 10,000 plants and flowers. 

Keeping up with demand, in 1988 another 2 acres and nearly 800 guests rooms were added!  Another Atrium was built that included  a beautiful 3.5-story waterfall with over 8,000 tropical plants.

In 1996, A 4.5-acre expansion adding 1,024 guest rooms, 10 meeting rooms and a 57,000-square-foot ballroom was added. The incredible main feature of this addition was the Delta Atrium, which included a quarter-mile-long Delta River. As a part of the Grand opening of the river, water from 1700 lakes and rivers in the US were poured into the waterway. INCLUDING from Apple Valley Lake. It may have only been a couple ounces from a Jack Daniels bottle, but the story is fun to share and is now a piece of our lake history.  

Unfortunately, In 2010, a flood from the Cumberland river devastated the Opryland Hotel with over 250 million in damages. Restored and beautiful again, it attracts thousands of visitors (like my parents) a year., 

Does anyone know who filled the bottle/s with Apple Valley's water? 

Pictures by Evelyn G Ing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Info above from the following references:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaylord_Opryland_Resort_%26_Convention_Center

http://www.restonian.org/2014/10/watergate-2014-how-did-water-from.html?showComment=1414201290926#c6770942505793521554

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/history-opryland-hotel-53488.html