On October the 12th, 1841, Thomas Green Ryman is born.
In 1892 the Union Gospel Tabernacle is completed.
December the 23rd, 1904, Thomas Green Ryman dies. At his funeral, the Rev. Sam Jones takes a vote to rename the tabernacle the Ryman Auditorium.
The audience responds with a standing ovation.
Throughout the early 1900’s a variety of acts grace the stage, from Harry Houdini, to Presidential candidates, African American singers to budding country artists.
June 5th, 1943 The Grand Ole Opry moves to the Ryman. Acts such as the Carter Sisters, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash join the Grand Ole Opry. Elvis Presley himself even played here once.
The Grand Ole Opry eventually moves out, renovations take place, and the Ryman is now a concert hall for all kinds of acts.
Yet it’s rich Americana history is still alive and well in it’s historic walls and church pews.
I sat in wonder, waiting for tonight’s show to begin.
Will I see history being made here tonight?

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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