Fans of Famous Homes Will Now Be Able to Add Patsy Cline’s to the List
I like famous people’s homes. I do. It kind of sneaked up on me, but it’s true. When I was a kid, my parents took me to President Harry Truman’s home in Independence, Missouri. I had a great time! On the same trip, we visited President Dwight Eisenhower’s home in Abilene, Kansas. Loved it. I mean, here I was an 8-year-old boy walking through houses where actual PRESIDENTS spent a great deal of their private time. How was that possible? Even today, I get a kick out of it. And now a country legend’s Virginia digs will be available for touring. I guess it’s time to make plans.
The late, great Patsy Cline–who died in 1963 in a plane crash in western Tennessee–moved into a house in Winchester, Virginia in 1948. She was a teenager at the time. I drove through Winchester many years ago and knew Patsy had lived there, but I didn’t have enough time to find the house; at the time, I didn’t know the address (608 Kent St.) and it was in those ancient pre-Internet days when information actually WASN’T at our fingertips. Now, the old home is open for touring. It’s been renovated and–how cool is this?–decorated to look just like it did when she lived there until 1957. And now that every tool you could think of to locate an address is readily available, I’ve gotta take that tour. I’ll add it to the list of homes I’ve either been able to walk through–like those of Presidents Truman and Eisenhower–or the ones I’ve just seen from the edge of the property. Yep, the others on the list are just the ones on whose driveways I’ve stood–and outside the gate, I might add. They include the homes of Garth Brooks in Goodlettsville, Tennessee (I’m not sure if he still owns that one); the hilltop mansion of Stevie Nicks in Phoenix, Arizona (I could actually see the light on in the living room); and the home of the late Conway Twitty in Nashville (saw it many years ago when it was a tourist attraction). But it’s so much better to actually go inside. So Winchester, Virginia, here I come! I’d be “crazy” not to try.