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Loretta Lynn: Catch the Coal Miner’s Daughter and More at Hurricane Mills

Talk to anyone who has been to a Loretta Lynn concert, and you’ll wish you had been there too. The legendary Queen of Country Music makes every fan feel like a personal friend, as she chats from the stage and tells stories in between songs. Coal Miner’s Daughterthe all-time favorite that captures the story of her life, she saves till last, to a standing ovation from her fans. At 81 she still amazes! loretta lynn

Even more so when you realize this American icon, celebrating her 51st year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, still performs on 60 plus tours across the country every year, singing songs of life as it was lived. One of the Top 10 Most Influential Country Female Artists ever, Lynn has written over 160 songs, released 60 albums, and earned hundreds of awards throughout her career. Twins Peggy and Patsy, the youngest of her six children, are regular supporting acts and share Loretta’s candor and zest for life. In fact, get the entire Lynn family together, and music breaks out all over! Peggy & Patsy

But don’t worry, you don’t have to travel to South Dakota or Seattle to hear Loretta Lynn sing. You can catch one of her three annual performances at her own Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on Memorial weekend, 4th of July weekend, or Labor Day. This coming July 5, 6 & 7 is Loretta’s special tribute to Conway Twitty, with fireworks that weekend, weather permitting. Loretta Lynn fansxLoretta Lynn and Conway Twitty are the most successful and most awarded male/female duet teams in country music history.

Hurricane Mills is a unique pocket of history tucked in the rolling hills of Tennessee, about 75 miles west of Nashville. Back in 1966, several years after Lynn had scored a number one hit album and was consistently releasing one Top Ten hit after another, Loretta and her husband Doo (Dolittle, aka “Mooney” for moonshine) stumbled across this small town. The big plantation house on the hill caught Loretta’s eye. “It’s like Gone with the Wind,” she told her husband. “I love it!” Loretta Lynn's plantation homex

The 3500-acre property was soon theirs, complete with the entire town of Hurricane Mills – plantation home, grist mill, church, schoolhouse, post office and general store. It was an unexpected package, but an ideal place to raise their family – even while Lynn was on the road 300 days a year. Grist Mill

Once the family had grown, the Lynns opened up their plantation home for tours, and built a complex of cabins, campgrounds, museums, gift stores and outdoor entertainment. The property is now 6500 acres and the site of concerts, rodeos, camping, canoeing, kayaking, trailrides, museums, historical tours and the annual Grand National Motorcross. Loretta Lynn still lives in a house right behind the plantation home, and you may catch a glimpse of her if you’re fortunate.

“Hurricane Mills is a real Mayberry,” enthused daughter Peggy Lynn. “Picture this historic little town with a grist mill built in the 1800’s, the site of Civil War battles and Indians and a beautiful antebellum home. You can bring your family and camp in cabins, RV’s, or tents beside a freezing cold spring-fed creek, where you can swim or catch rainbow trout. mulesxYou can follow miles of trails on mountain bikes, motorcycles or horseback, or go canoeing and kayaking in the river. During the day you can get homemade biscuits and sausage. In the evenings on weekends it’s a concert venue with the likes of Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels and Johnny Lee. At night you can see stars like you would out on the ocean.”

Artisan wines will be coming soon. They have planted blackberries, strawberries and elderberries for making wine, using Grinder’s Switch Winery for the custom crush. Next year you’ll be able to buy Hurricane Mills Strawberry Wine, and Blackberry Wine the year after.

And all the history about Loretta Lynn? “That’s just icing on the cake,” said Peggy, who recognizes the intrinsic charm of this historic town. Butcher Holler

Raised in poverty in a coal mining town in Eastern Kentucky, Loretta’s rags-to-riches story is recorded in living history in Hurricane Mills. A simulated coal mine and the humble cabin of her childhood have been recreated on the property, the small rooms wallpapered with pages from the Sears and Roebucks catalog.

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It’s a dramatic contrast to the plush furnishings of the beautiful antebellum plantation home on the hill.

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The mansion was voted 2nd most haunted place in America by the Travel Channel, and haunted tours start this month, including visits to the graveyard, church and grist mill. The church is the oldest building in Humphreys County and was once used as a Civil War hospital. A Halloween Trail Ride is also planned for October 31.

museum clothesxA must-see on the ranch is the Loretta Lynn Coal Miner’s Daughter museum. You could spend a week in the museum and still not see everything. It’s a treasure trove of memorabilia of Lynn’s life, music, awards and friends. Conway Twitty exhibitx

Hurricane Mills and the Loretta Lynn Ranch is the perfect getaway for the whole family, whether you’re a fan or not. Keep up with coming events on their website so you don’t miss out. Independence Day weekend is the next big one. A concert with Loretta Lynn really is the icing on the cake!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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    molly thompson

    i like be interest too join the loretta lynn conversation.

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    Lisa Flotow

    I am going at the end of August…a surprise from my boyfriend! :)

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    Donna Hunter

    How much does it cost to hear Lorretta sign? And camping
    for 3 babies age 2-3-4 two adults

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    MARY K. BREWER

    I WENT TO LORETTA’S RANCH WITH MY LATE HUSBAND, MY DAUGHTER AND SISTER. WE REALLY ENJOYED EVERYTHING THERE. WE JUST WISH WE COULD HAVE SEEN HER.THAT’S THE ONLY PLACE I WOULD WANT TO GO AGAIN FOR VACATION. WE ALL REALLY LOVE HER A LOT. THANKS FOR ALL THE PICTURES AND RIGHTUPS ABOUT HER.

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    Candace Marie Wene

    Love to see one day Tennessee,,,i am a breast cancer survivor who grew up listening to Miss Loretta on 8 track tapes.Soon my twin sister and I will be 50 years old..Can anyone help me get together with my twin in Joplin to see Ms,Loretta..My twin is mentally and physically handicapped…survivor of 6 years

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    Elena Cervantes

    I just love Loretta Lynn so much, I listen to her just about everyday, since I was 12 years old. Now my little girls listen to her. My baby girl, just turned nine and she asked for a Loretta Lynn cake for her birthday. As a young girl I had only three goals in life. 1.to graduate from my high school 2. Go to a Loretta Lynn concert and 3. Was to someday meet her. I’m going one 42 years old and I can say, I’ve done two out of three. But now I have a four goal and that’s to someday be able to go to her ranch. Wow what a dream.

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    Karen Sandella

    Spending time at the ranch enjoying Loretta’s concerts & all the fixings at the ranch, is the best thing about summer! I just can’t get enough Loretta Lynn! I absolutely love it there & feel like family when I’m there. Great food & extremely reasonable prices. I recommend the ranch to all! It is a dream come true for me.

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    Barbara Brown

    I visited her ranch and went to her concert memorial weekend 2013 they were nine of us we really had a great time, having our pictures taken with earnest ray and her daughter Peggy was a plus we were on a mother/daughter trip and had the best time of our life’s Loretta was beautiful and great as always, I have been a fan of hers since the 60′s and I never get tire of hearing her songs and singing along, i know just about all of them by heart. we love you Loretta.
    Love Barbara Brown from corbin, Ky. we are coming back august 31st.

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    Kathy Black

    Thank you! Loved reading about my most
    Favorite country singer! Been to the ranch 22yrs. For the trail rides! Looking forward to 23 in September! The ranch is an awesome place to come visit! I recommend it to everyone! Peaceful, friendly, & the Loretta Lynn family & staff make you feel right at home!!

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    Dayle Fergusson

    Loretta’s next concert at the Loretta Lynn Ranch is coming up on July 6, 2013 and promises to be a special one – a Tribute Concert to Conway Twitty. Tickets are cheaper if you order before the event and are available at http://www.lorettalynn.com/50/ or at (931) 296-7700. There will be some awesome supporting acts as well. 4th of July will be a big long weekend at the ranch!

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    Brandy Conatser

    I fell in love with Loretta Lynn at the early age of 2 after seeing her on t.v. I told my momma that I would be on t.v. one day singing and wearing one of those beautiful dresses. At the age of 33, that hasn’t happened but nevertheless She is still my favorite “Queen of Country”. I’ve seen Loretta every summer at her ranch for the last 3 years and this year I’m finally taking my 6 year old daughter. She is Loretta’s “Littlest “Biggest” Fan” I raised her right and she can sing just about any Loretta song!!!! Super excited to see Loretta this weekend!!

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    CONNIE WHEELING AND CLARA CLUBB

    Mother and I were at the ranch on MEMORIAL WEEKEND. HAD ABLAST MOTHER HAS HAD HER DREAM ALMOST COME TRUE SHE DIDNT GET TO MEET YOU IN PERSON . BUT SHE GET TO MEET THE GIRLS AND A COUPE OF THE GRANDKIDS. SHE WAS PROUD TO GET TO HAVE THAT WEEKEND AND CHEAR IT WITH YOUNS AT THE RANCH.

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    sherry meredith

    i grow up listen to to her music my mother passed away and we played one of her favorite song by loretta song and ever one just cryed that much hard the song was coal miners daughter and to this day i still listen to them

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    sherry meredith

    i grew up listening to loretta my mother loved her s and conways music when we layed her to rest her favorite song she liked listen to was coal miners daughter

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    heather viera

    I love her music. I wanted to be like her when I grew up and now im trying to find out the name of the church where she got married so I can get married there. can someone help me out? thank you

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    Jane Mayberry

    i have loved Ms. Loretta all my life, the greatest female singer of all time.She is also my neighbor, i live just down the road,sometimes we hear activities that are going on at the ranch, if the wind is blowing just right.Love you Ms.Loretta!

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    jamey mitchell

    Loretta Lynn is mom,,mother of music

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    Donna Detrick

    Have always enjoyed Loretta’s music. Two friends and I are planning to visit the ranch in 2014 and would like to be there when she is in concert there. Cannot find the dates if any. Would appreciate the info as soon as possible. Thanks.

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    Renee Clanton

    My husband and I visited Loretta’s ranch in July 2012 for the remembering Conway concert it was amazing. We plan to go back again soon.

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    Helene

    i have been a fan of Loretta ever since i can remember I think i know every song she recorded i have seen her in concert in Gatineau Quebec and i have been dreaming of visiting her ranch if God permits She is the greatest and best signer i have ever seen and heard Thank You Loretta

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    Cheryl Oxenford

    First saw loretta in 1971 at sunset park. That was a turning point for me. I just fell in love with loretta! Saw her every year there till she no longer was coming there, sure dis miss it wasn’t the same going to the big concert places . Missed that connection with her, why one time she was handing an autograph back to a lady and I just had to touch her arm! She looked at me and I told her I just wanted to touch her, she gave me the biggest smile!! Yea I sure do miss those days but nothing ever stays the same! Was at her ranch 3 yrs ago didn’t see her but I managed to get my picture taken with Cissie, I figured that’s the closest I would get to loretta!! Would love to meet but that’s a dream, life is but a dream!!! Love you loretta you will always be special to me! Maybe by the grace of god i might be able to meet but we all know how fast time moves on! Loretta forever!! God bless you!

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    Mike Gilmore

    I was stationed in Minot North Dakota in the Early 70s, I was on a B-52 crew and was due to go to southeast asia on that Monday. The state fair was going on and Miss Loretta was in concert. It was outdoors and she was getting eat up by the mosquitos and she asked if anyone had some Off. I ran to my car and got into my personal survival kit and brought her my can of off. I brought it up and she put it on..no more mosquitos…and we all had a great concert. I have always loved Miss Loretta. After my service was up I traveled with a gospel group for 14 years, when we went to Nashville to record I got to go to Conways house and that was a real treat. Hopefully this weekend my wife and I can get up to Hurricane Mills to see Miss Lorettas place she truly is the Lady of country.

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