August 26, 2018 – Loretta Lynn Ranch – Hurricane, Tennessee

We couldn’t stop at the home of the most famous country music singer ever without taking the tour.  This is a large complex.

This large statue stands near the museum building.  There was no mention of it anywhere.  I suppose it has something to do with he partial Cherokee heritage.

We were scheduled for the 1130 tour and spent our waiting time in the large museum. There was a touring bus in there and several other vehicles she owned. There was another bus parked outside and one in the driveway of her home.

There were six bunks (three on each side, stacked) between the living quarters and her bedroom and bathroom.

The orange chair was sitting before a dressing table.

This is the dress that goes with her latest album.

We waited for the tour guide next to the Duck River and the old mill building.

Our first stop was a replica of the cabin where she grew up, which plays large in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.  There is even a well “where I drew water”. I believe this replica was built for the movie about he life, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.

Here is the living room, left and right.

Dining room.

Here’s a look out the kitchen door to the back porch.

I have seen walls papered with newspaper and magazine pages in other old homes.  The tour guide said today that they could not afford wall paper and this kept the wind from blowing through the walls. I wonder what they used for glue.

Our next stop was a replica coal mine which I did not enjoy or appreciate. Then we moved on to the mansion.  I was surprised to see the carriage collection, but there was a huge horse stable close by.

As we walked up to the house, the tour guide pointed out a small building.  It was husband Doo’s office and man cave. I captured most of it through the window.

Thee was another small building across a small lawn but it was not addressed.

We entered through the kitchen door on the side of the house.

This may be the largest kitchen I have ever seen in a normal house. It was also a bit odd.  This section is one long wall of counter and cabinets, with the kitchen sink.

The rest of the kitchen was around the far wall.  Everything BUT the kitchen sink.

The dining room is lovely.

This bathroom is between the kitchen and dining room.

This den is on the opposite side of the double-sided fireplace in the kitchen. That’s the hearth at the bottom left.

I also like the living room. Left,

and right.

I also thought it extremely odd that that the master bedroom is just inside the front door.

We left the building through the front door and the beautiful view . . .

. . .from this fabulous front porch!

I snapped this shot from the bus as we were driving out the driveway.

Our next stop was the large museum building to finish looking there.  It is filled with costumes, guitars, awards, and gifts from other music stars and fans. That woman NEVER throws anything away. I didn’t take pictures of them, but the house is also filled with cabinets of collectibles. I love here dresses, so that’s what I’ll show you.  This is but a small portion of the dress exhibits.  She must get a new one for every concert.

We finished with the museum (quit before looking at every display) and went back to take some pictures of the front of the house. This is the gate the tour bus took us through. See the stable building to the left.

These steps lead to a sidewalk/staircase to the front door.

Here is a peek through the gate.

Here is a bit of zoom. The house is a pre-Civil War plantation house.  We did not tour upstairs, but the tour guide told us it has four bedrooms for the children and one bathroom with the only door to the balcony.

The Duck River flows by the front gate.  This is the old mill building.  The front side is a gift shop and a doll and fan museum.  More of Loretta’s collections.

Sadly, the mill water wheel is not in operation and is on display near the general store.

Some years ago, Loretta and Doo built a smaller house behind the mansion and moved into it.  I have not figured out why. I snapped this picture from Scamp as we drove out.

As we drove past the motocross track, a dirt bike flew about ten feet in the air over a mound of dirt right next to us.

I’m Going To Be Loretta Lynn

I am taking the Blogging 101 course from WordPress.

Today’s Assignment: publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.

I tried to think of some famous person to be my ideal audience, but couldn’t think of a soul. The assignment said thinking of a specific person helps focus your thoughts and goals for the blog. When I write my blog, I do have a specific composite person in mind. The people who have been reading my logs and blogs since 2001 form that composite person. Family members, old neighbors and co-workers and new friends we’ve made along the way: you are my ideal audience. It feels like writing to the folks back home.  You care a whole lot more than some famous person ever would.

My new element is to embed is a YouTube video. Fortunately, the WordPress folks provided instructions.

It is easy to pick one out; I’ve been singing along with Loretta Lynn for months now.  We are having a Grand Ole Opry party at the yacht club this Saturday night and I am going to be Loretta Lynn.  I have a fancy dress similar to the one in the video, but with a straight skirt. I have a long black wig and even bought a dark eyebrow pencil to color my invisible blonde eyebrows. I don’t watch the whole video.  I just slide the little slider along until she goes to the microphone and starts singing.

Here goes:

That was easy.  All I had to do was copy and paste the URL from the Loretta YouTube page to my post. Now I can preview my post to see if it worked.

Nope.  All I got was a link to the YouTube page. Perhaps I should read more of the instructions. Yes! To get a preview of the video embedded, I had to put brackets around the URL like this:  youtube the URL here. I can’t put the brackets on it to show you; it doesn’t show up in the post.  [but you know what brackets look like]

If somebody take a video on Saturday night, I’ll post one with me singing instead of Loretta.  Yeah, I’ve sung along with her on YouTube so much that we are on a first-name basis now.