Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Campground and Mansion
This 3,500-acre complex provides the setting of one of the most beloved female performers in country music, celebrating the life and career of Loretta Lynn. Tour her Plantation Home and see the famed "Crisco Kitchen", walk through a simulated coal mine chute, her replica Butcher Holler home and Kentucky Homeplace, and admire her many achievements in the Coal Miner's Daughter Museum.
Additional activities include touring the grist mill museum containing a variety of equipment used during the production of corn meal in the late 1800’s and a Native American artifact museum. And, running through Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is Hurricane Creek where you can tube, kayak, canoe, and swim. Visitors to the complex can also learn the history of Hurricane Mills and see the water-powered mill listed on the National Historic Register. RV, primitive camping and cabins are also available for those looking to spend more than a day at the ranch.
Gift shops open year-round; some attractions open April through October.
Loretta Webb Lynn, born April 14, 1932, is the daughter of a coal miner who was raised in dire poverty in the remote Appalachian hamlet of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. Living in a mountain cabin with seven brothers and sisters, she was surrounded by music as a child. On January 10, 1948, 15-year-old Loretta Webb married Oliver "Mooney" Lynn. Many of her songs were inspired from their life together.
Loretta first arrived in Nashville in 1960, signing her first recording contract on February 1, 1960, and within a matter of weeks, she was at her first recording session. A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, Lynn became one of the most distinctive performers in Nashville in the 1960s and 1970s, shaking things up by writing her own songs, many of which tackled boundary-pushing topics drawn from her own life experiences as a wife and mother.
In 1967, she began picking up various Female Vocalist of the Year trophies. She and Conway Twitty also won a long string of Duet of the Year awards beginning in 1971. The industry showered her with BMI songwriting honors, Gold Record plaques, a Grammy Award and other accolades. In 1972, she became the first woman in history to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year trophy. She is also one of the most awarded musicians of all time. She has been inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist, including The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was the first woman to be named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 1972. Loretta received Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. She has won four Grammy Awards (including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010) and sold more than 45 million records worldwide.