Loretta Lynn’s Eastern Kentucky
Memories of a Coal Miner's Daughter
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Eastern Kentucky is a remote region of this great land filled with small towns, surrounded by wooded hillsides and occupied by a industrious people with music in the souls Come visit this gifted region, enjoy the music and legends.
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Day 1 – Travel to Huntington, WV – Appalachian Village – Country Music Dinner
Your group needs to arrive Huntington, WV (the edge of coal country) by mid-afternoon in order to fully enjoy the attractions of the Appalachian Village known as Heritage Farm. Home to over 15 log structures, seven award-winning museums, an artisan center. You will come to understand early pioneer life and gain an appreciation of the people that would supply labor to the coal fields. After your touring a catered dinner is provided with an entertaining local country music artist.
Day 2 – Pikeville, KY – US 23 The Kentucky Country Music Highway – Dinner Show
Today beings your journey on Kentucky’s Country Music Highway with vignettes that follow the 60 year career Loretta Lynn and other music celebrities who hailed from the region. You visit the historic Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, KY where native Loretta performed several times.
You also visit the Highlands Museum, featuring a 19th century classroom, a early American medical exhibit about Doctors on horseback making late night house-calls. Then you will find exhibits relating to the music culture of Eastern Kentucky especially Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus and the Judds. Plus there is Karaoke Korner should the impulse strike, and an interactive Music Quilt sound sculpture.
A Catered Lunch is included today at Central Park, with a live acoustic performance by a local musician.
This afternoon you drive by the Judd family home place of Ms. Polly Judd, mother of Naomi Judd and grandmother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd. Then you stop at the Keith Whitley Memorial, Keith sang with Ricky Skaggs, Carl Jackson, and J.D. Crowe before launching his solo career.
Travel this afternoon continues to Pikesville, KY where you spend two at the Hilton Garden Inn or similar.
This evening, your group has dinner and a show at the Appalachian Center for the Arts. The show tells the story of another famous family from the area. It’s a Radio Stage Play from 1944 about the Hatfield and McCoys. A photojournalist from Life Magazine was sent to Central Appalachia to record images of the descendants of families connected by the most infamous feud in American history. He thought he knew the whole story. Turns out, he had a lot to learn and you do too. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Pikeville – Coal Miners Museum w/Lunch – Loretta’s Butcher Holler Home – Dinner & Music
After breakfast you visit the US 23 Country Music Highway Museum with 14 exhibits displaying memorabilia from many of country music stars who call Eastern Kentucky their home. You will see tributes to Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom T. Hall, Keith Whitley, Larry Cordle, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Gary Stewart, Hylo Brown, Crystal Gayle, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless and The Judds.
Also today is a visit to the Mayo United Methodist Church (1908) It has a beautiful roof of 12,000 glazed green tiles, a pipe organ donated by Andrew Carnegie and an imported stained glass windows, designed by Italian craftsman.
Then the Coal Miner’s Museum filled with mining tools, a Veteran’s Wall of Fame, A documentary of life during the 1930s. Plus, Icky’s 1950s soda fountain, a replica of an old post office and doctor’s office. Included is a Coal Miner’s Lunch consisting of Homemade Beef Vegetable Soup, 7-Layer Salad and Chicken and Bologna Salad sandwiches. Plus, more music from local artist for your listening pleasure.
The highlight for many of your travelers will be this afternoon’s visit to Webb’s General Store. Located in Van Lear, KY this store is over 100 years old and is currently owned by Loretta Lynn’s niece, Connie Webb. It was originally known as the Number 5 Store, because of the nearby Number 5 Mine and it has been used on the movie sets of “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Let It Be War,” and “Fifth Holler.”
Webb’s Store is also the jumping off place for your shuttle to Butcher Holler, the Loretta Lynn Family Home. This was her birthplace and childhood home. It’s nestled between two fog shrouded mountains, up a holler. You’ll see the “well where I drew water,” the room where “Mommy rocked the babies at night, and read the Bible by the coal-oil light” Loretta is the oldest of seven siblings raised in this small remote cabin that included her musical sisters Peggy Sue and Crystal Gayle. As the guide describes their life here it will be hard not to start humming,
Well, I was born a coal miner’s daughter
In a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler
We were poor, but we had love
That’s the one thing that Daddy made sure of
He shoveled coal to make a poor man’s dollar.
Dinner tonight is on the 8th Floor Terrace of the Hilton Garden Inn, with beautiful views of the town and mountains, accompanied with live music from Coaltown Dixie, an all-female bluegrass band hailing from these picturesque hills of East Kentucky. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Depart for Home
After breakfast, depart for home. (B)