With the wealth of historic homes and buildings in and around Winchester, Virginia, it was only a matter of time before Taste Winchester History featured The Patsy Cline House! Not surprisingly, the historic home is both on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
The house was originally a log cabin believed built in the mid-19th century. The modest house is a basic two-story, three-bay building with a front porch and a tin roof totaling approximately 1000 square feet of living space. The single bedroom on the second floor is where all four members of Patsy Cline’s family slept. Since its original construction, now all the logs are covered by walls with exception of a small area covered by Plexiglas by the front door.
Patsy Cline (formerly known as Virginia Patterson Hensley) resided here in Winchester between 1948 and 1957, longer than at any other house associated with her in the Winchester and Nashville areas, and she returned to it periodically until her singing career began in 1957 and thrived.
The house is now owned and operated by the non-profit entity known as Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc. The organization invested approximately $100,000 to renovate it and turn it into the museum and extremely popular tourist attraction it is today! It’s a must-see if you love Patsy Cline and there are a lot of artifacts and historical lessons to be learned by taking a tour regarding her short-lived, but legendary singing career.
Patsy Cline died tragically at the age of 30 in a plane crash in 1963 and is buried a few miles south of the house in Shenandoah Memorial Park.
You can arrange to tour the Patsy Cline Historic House by visiting: Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc. website. And you can read more of the final at the National Register of Historic Places at this direct link: Patsy Cline House.
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