Break out the road map, mix tapes, and bring a friend to join in on the adventures of some notable country music historical sights you must see in the beautiful state of Kentucky. Below are some photos of the sights we think you should go visit.
If you are up for some real haunted adventures, check out Bobby Mackey’s Haunted Honky Tonk. You won’t find a better place to catch live honky tonk music, as well as get spooked by the ghosts of the past. Bobby Mackey’s has been featured on multiple national television shows over the years. Many country music legends like George Jones have played on stage. It is located just outside of Cincinnati in a community called Wilder. Be sure to take a camera to try to capture some images of history.
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Country Music Highway Museum
In far eastern Kentucky, you can travel US-23 along the Country Music Highway. Many acts have called Kentucky home, from Ricky Skaggs to The Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Whitley, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, and more. Start up in Ashland and make your way down to Sandy Hook along your adventure. Stop in Paintsville for the Country Music Highway Museum for some great displays of the artists along the highway. Key features that you can visit include Loretta Lynn’s home place, Keith Whitley’s statue, and one of the many performing arts centers to catch a show.
Bill Monroe Homeplace
Bill Monroe was known as the Father of Bluegrass Music. A large effort to restore his home was completed years ago and you can take tours of it in Rosine, Ky. When Bill Monroe was 5 years old, the log cabin he was born was destroyed in a fire. A long white framed house was built around the original chimney. In 2001, the home would be restored by the Bill Monroe Foundation. Not far is a music barn that you can tap your toes and listen to bluegrass music. You can also pay your respects to Bill Monroe and his family in the cemetery downtown. Each fall, a major bluegrass festival is held up on Jerusalem Ridge in honor of Bill Monroe.
Country music legend Loretta Lynn sang about Butcher Holler in her hit song “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” These days you can visit the very cabin that she, along with Crystal Gayle, and their siblings grew up in. You will need to go by the Webb General Store before you make the trip up to Butcher Holler to meet Herman Webb. For $5, he will lead you on a tour with many historical facts about growing up. There is quite a few bits of memorabilia from others and some that Loretta herself donated. The road is paved up to the house. Be sure to bring a camera and your singing voice as you will end up singing tunes of Loretta Lynn as you go up and down the road. You can also purchase some merchandise and an ice cold pop back at Webb General Store on your way out.
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Nestled in southeast Kentucky is the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Renfro Valley. Not only is country music featured, but other genres. You can view artifacts and learn more on the history of music of the Appalachian Mountains to the Great Plains. There are very few statewide museums left and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum is top notch. Across the way is Renfro Valley Entertainment Center. You can check out their village shops, or catch a show in the Old Barn or in the New Barn. Don’t forget to grab some delicious fried chicken over at the Log Restaurant. You might even get lucky and see one of the main entertainers eating before a show.