Why Country Fans Must Plan a Visit to Butcher Holler, Kentucky
"Well, I was borned a coal miner's daughter..."
Country fans have long visited cities like Memphis, Nashville, and Austin to see homes, venues, and recording studios ripe with history. But one tiny town holds a very special spot in country music history: Butcher Holler, Kentucky — the birthplace of country great, Loretta Lynn.
Also known as Butcher Hollow, the eastern Kentucky coal mining town is where Lynn (who was born Loretta Webb) spent her formative years, and to this day you can tour the star's childhood home. You might recognize the hamlet from its callout in "Coal Miner's Daughter." The 1969 song begins, "Well, I was borned 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," in a verse that still resonates with so many fans.
For $5 visitors can see the family cabin where Loretta Lynn and her famous sister Crystal Gayle lived and learn many interesting facts about the town and family's history. While in Butcher Hollow, be sure to make a pit stop at Webb's Grocery, a general store and souvenir shop in nearby Van Lear, which Lynn's brother Herman Webb ran until his death in July 2018. For more information on tours, you can call 606-789-3397 or visit this website.
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What a unique and special way to celebrate a country music icon and her Kentucky roots. Who's ready to meet at Webb's for a moon pie?