Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, Casa de Shenandoah is the residence of iconic American singer and entertainer Wayne Newton, open to the public for guided and self-guided tours as a living history museum. Born on April 3, 1942, Wayne Newton began performing at an early age, learning to play guitar and piano by the age of six and performing at local fairs and theaters with his brother Jerry.
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After his family’s move to Phoenix, Arizona, Newton and his brother began performing regularly as the Rascals in Rhythm performance duo, appearing with Grand Ole Opry road shows and on the ABC broadcast Ozark Jubilee. In 1958, when Newton was 15 years old, a Las Vegas talent scout saw a Rascals in Rhythm performance on the local television broadcast Lew King Rangers Show and signed the brothers to a Vegas performance contract, which extended from its initial two weeks to a run of five years. Appearances on the Jackie Gleason Show and the classic western drama Bonanza in the early 1960s rose Newton’s national fame, and in 1972, his hit single “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast” sold more than one million copies and peaked at number four on the Billboard music charts. Today, Newton is known as one of the longest-running Las Vegas live performers, referred to by the nickname “Mr. Las Vegas,” and his covers of the classic hits “Danke Schoen” and “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” remain iconic in popular culture, having been featured in a number of feature films and television shows.
Newton purchased the first five acres of what would become the Casa de Shenandoah estate in 1966, then raw land with no construction or water supply. From 1966 to 1968, Newton oversaw construction of a house and four-stall horse barn on the property, which he resided in with his family until 1972. Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, Newton acquired additional acreage adjacent to the property, and in 1973, construction began on a larger mansion on the estate. The mansion was completed in 1976, but during construction excavation for a planned garage underneath the mansion, workers discovered artesian wells under the property. Newton continued to expand the Casa de Shenandoah property throughout the late 20th century, but in 2012, the property was nearly lost to bankruptcy. Though the property was placed on the market for several years, in 2015, an agreement was reached for Newton to retain the property by converting the property into a living history museum, open to the public for tours.
Permanent Exhibits and Attractions
Today, the Casa de Shenandoah estate spans more than 52 acres and is home to eight residential buildings, two barns with 60 horse stalls, and three arenas. As an iconic celebrity home, the residence was named by CBS News as one of the top five homes in America, ranking alongside the White House in Washington, D.C., and was ranked as one of MTV Cribs’ top three “Priciest Pads.” A number of films and television shows have filmed on location at the property, including The Amazing Race, Vegas Vacation, and The Rockford Files.
Tours begin at the property’s Visitor Center, located across the street from the mansion, which includes a Shops at Shenandoah retail area and shows a short orientation film about Newton’s career and the construction of the estate. An Entertainment Museum is located at the entrance to the estate, showcasing a variety of memorabilia connected to the entertainer’s life and career. Newton’s extensive car collection is on display, along with a private jet used by the entertainer and personal gifts by close friends within the entertainment industry, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. Artifacts connected to Newton’s indigenous Cherokee and Powhatan heritages is displayed, including artifacts pertaining to his ancestral lineage to historical figure Pocahontas. Trophies and ribbons connected to Newton’s Arabian horse riding hobby are also displayed. The significance of items within the museum’s collections is explained in a high-definition video narrated by Newton, available for interactive viewing.
On the estate’s grounds, an Equine Area showcases Newton’s 60 purebred Arabian horses, and an Exotic Animal Exhibit features habitats for penguins, monkeys, and wallabys. A Horse Arena Show is offered daily, and an Aramus Arabian Swim allows visitors to watch horses exercising in the estate’s custom-built equine pool. Free-roaming peacocks, geese, swans, and other exotic birds are also found throughout the estate’s grounds, which are landscaped around natural artesian ponds and waterfalls.
Ongoing Programs and Education
A variety of tour packages are offered for visitors, ranging in activity selection and varying in length from 90 minutes to five hours. Group tour rates and packages are also offered for small groups and organizations with 12 or more tour participants. Family-friendly Animal Adventure Tours are offered on select mornings, featuring interactive experiences with Arabian horses and other exotic animals. The properties of Casa de Shenandoah may also be rented for private special events, including corporate retreats and receptions.
3310 E Sunset Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89120, Phone: 702-547-4811