Home to the Coal Miners’ Daughter
Loretta Lynn is 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. Lynn 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. (Source)
But before arriving in Nashville to push boundaries with her music, country legend Loretta Lynn lived in Butcher Holler with seven brothers and sisters, including country music’s Crystal Gayle. Now, visitors can tour Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle’s homeplace to see the mountain cabin that was the foundation of their successful careers.
After touring the Butcher Holler homeplace, visitors can stop in Webb’s General Store, which was depicted in the film, “Coal Miners’ Daughter.” Previously named “Number Five” store due to a nearby mine, the store is over 100 years old and owned by Loretta’s family. Purchase MoonPies, RC Cola, sandwiches, keepsakes such as autograph photos, t-shirts and other collectables.
Note: Due to COVID-19, tours of the homeplace are not currently being conducted. The store is open and pictures of the house can be taken from the road.
Directions- from the intersection of Route 460/40/321 in Paintsville, take 321 south for five miles. Turn left on Rt. 1107 and travel 0.9 miles. Turn right on Rt 302 for 1.5 miles, turn left on Millers Creek Road. For tours, stop at Webb’s General Store #5 on the right side of the road. Continue traveling Millers Creek Road, then turn left up “Butcher Holler.” The homeplace is located 2 miles past Webb’s General Store.For tour and site information, call Webb’s Grocery Store at (606) 789-3397. For further information, contact (606) 886-1341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
photo: Jimmy Emerson, DVM