Roadtripping, part 3 — Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch

Sorry it has taken me so long to finish my blog on roadtripping to Dallas and back. As promised earlier, I will tell you all about the Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch. On our way to Dallas, we stopped in not knowing what to expect.

The tours of the house happened only at certain times and wouldn’t work with our schedule that first day, so we decided to just tour the museum. The museum had several cars Loretta and her husband Mooney drove as well as her tour bus that was also used in the movie. One of the neatest things about the museum is that it not only contained lots of mementos from Loretta Lynn, Mooney, and their children’s lives, but mementos from many famous country artists as well as movie stars. For example, there was a black leather coat from Johnny Cash, the dress worn by Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality during the pageant, and a dress worn my Cher.

We enjoyed the museum so much, that we both wanted to return and see the Butcher Holler House, the main house and the mock coal mine. We made sure we timed our return trip, so that we were able to tour the Plantation home.

Waiting for our tour to begin! Great time to take self-portraits!

Our first stop on the tour was the replica of the Butcher Holler house where Loretta grew up in Kentucky. The house is an exact replica to the original one.

After the Butcher Holler House, we were taken to a mock coal mine that Loretta Lynn had created to educate people on what her father did for a living. She is a coal miner’s daughter after all! The man in the picture was our tour guide — he was funny and very informational!

After the coal mine, we got to drive up the Plantation house where Loretta Lynn and Mooney (whom she called Doo) lived for 22 years.

To the side of the plantation house there were several gorgeous old carriages that added to the ambiance. Photo op!

If you are ever in the area, I would highly recommend this experience! It was informational and very interesting! The property is also breathtakingly beautiful!


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