Restoring Winchester Landmark

By: Walter Morris
By: Walter Morris

The home where a country music legend got her start is getting a face lift.

The nonprofit dedicated to celebrating Patsy Cline is restoring the Winchester home where she lived from 1948 to 1957.

At that time, she was known as Virginia Hensley.

Local historians say the house dates back to the early 1800s and the original log rafters are still intact.

The nonprofit raised $100,000 over 18 months to pay for the project.
Members say they want to preserve Cline's story while also sharing it with the world.

Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc. president JudySue Huyett-Kempf says, "From here her whole career was planned. She practiced. At anytime, you could ride by or walk by and hear her singing. I mean everything blossomed for Patsy in this house."

This spring, the Patsy Cline Historic House will open to the public.
Friday was the anniversary of when Cline won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show in 1957. She sang "Walkin' After Midnight."

Cline historians say that competition made her into a super star.


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