Patsy Cline House Open to the Public
The location of the country legend's house has always been known. Anyone who lives in or has visited Winchester VA is aware that the small house was once her home. But until now, they could only drive by and snap a picture for a keepsake.
Officially, the "Patsy Cline Historic House" will open to the public on Tuesday, August 2nd. It will serve as a memorial to one of the most famous and loved voices ever. The world lost a true talent when Patsy was killed in a small plane crash almost 50 years ago, in 1963.
Patsy, whose real name was Virginia Patterson Hensley lived at 608 S. Kent Street from age 15 to her mid-20's.
“The fact that her music seems timeless brings a whole new group in every generation that keeps her alive,’’ said Cline’s daughter, Julie Fudge of Nashville.
Patsy Cline was the very first female solo artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. That fact alone made the purchase and renovation of the small house worthwhile, as far as I'm concerned. The non-profit group "Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc. purchased the home and is in charge of the renovation.
Patsy moved to the house with her mother and two other children siblings in November 1948, the year after her parents split up. She lived there until June 1957.
The non-profit reportedly spent around $100,000 renovating the house and equipping it with appliances and furniture intended to replicate the way the home looked when the singer lived there.
It's a good thing. A very good thing to remember and honor the memory of Patsy Cline anytime and anywhere we can. Again, the official opening will be August 2nd. Hopefully it will help keep the memories alive for a true genius talent and voice.