Patsy Cline’s Home Now Open to the Public
Patsy Cline fans who want to connect with the late singer are now able to walk the same grounds as the legend, as her once run-down home in Winchester, Virginia has been restored and is now open for public tours. The Patsy Cline Historic House opened earlier this week and was restored by a nonprofit corporation, Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc.
The organization purchased and renovated the home where Cline lived in from 1948 until 1957, and spent many of her highest career moments, including when she signed her first record deal, made her Grand Ole Opry debut and won Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts television competition.
Until now, the only landmark Cline's fans had to visit was a little drugstore where she worked as a teenager, in addition to her grave site. With the opening of her home, fans will now have a tangible look into the private life she lived prior to the fatal plane crash that took her life in 1963.
“There’s no museum for her, so this is the actual place that she lived the longest in her short life,” said Douglas Gomery, a Patsy Cline biographer and historian from Celebrating Patsy Cline. "She really made the transition from amateur singer to professional singer when she lived there."
While there are a few original pieces on display, Celebrating Patsy Cline spent close to $100,000 renovating the home, providing appliances and furniture to replicate the way it looked when Cline resided in the house. Fans will be able to see the living room, dining room, kitchen and the lone bedroom upstairs, which Cline shared with her mother and siblings. In addition, on each walk through tour guides will share some of their personal memories and stories of the late singer.
The home is now open, but plans for the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony are set to take place over Labor Day weekend, when the Patsy Cline Fan Club holds its annual gathering.
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