Patsy Cline Historic Home Opens for Tourism Season
April 2, 2014 through October 31, 2014
Keeping true with one of Patsy Cline’s signature songs, “Come on in and sit right down and make yourself at home”, Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc. (CPC), the nonprofit corporation committed to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of Patsy Cline and her music, announces the opening of the Patsy Cline Historic House for the 2014 tourism season on Tuesday, April 2, through Thursday, October 31, 2014. Winter weekend hours will be extended through December.
The Patsy Cline Historic House is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. Patsy resided here from 1948-57, longer than at any other house associated with her in the Winchester and Nashville areas, and she returned to it intermittently until her singing career began in 1957. The house serves as a proud testament to Patsy's love of family. Her devoted and influential relationship with her mother and their drive and determination launched Patsy's career. The house, furnished with some personal items, appears as when Patsy and her family lived there.
April 2 – October 31, 2014 (Closed on Mondays)
Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm, tours scheduled every 45 minutes: 10:00am; 10:45am; 11:30am; 12:15pm; 1:00pm; 1:45pm; 2:30pm; and last tour 3:15pm
Sundays 1:00pm to 4:00 pm, tours scheduled every 45 minutes: 1:00pm; 1:45pm; 2:30pm; and last tour 3:15pm
Length of tours –45 minutes, allows for guided tour and gift shop
Uniquely commissioned Patsy Cline Historic House gifts and souvenirs are available for sale at the end of each tour. Visits to the gift shop area will be permitted when tours are not being conducted.
Seniors (65 and older): $6.00
Youth (ages 11 to 18): $4.00
Active Military with Identification and children under 10 years: FREE
Reservations are required for group tours of the house and step-on motorcoach guided tours. Special rates are available for groups with reservations. firstname.lastname@example.org
What to Expect:
There are currently no restroom facilities at the house. Visitors are invited to visit the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center at 1400 South Pleasant, which is less than 1 mile from the house, for a comfort break. Open 7-days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00pm. Directions between house and Visitors Center: MapQuest link: http://mapq.st/nSoQn7
There is limited parking for cars at the house, and there are no reserved parking spots or an adjacent parking lot. All parking is parallel to the curbside. We ask as a courtesy to our neighbors, that you DO NOT park on the same side of the street as the Historic House. You may park on the opposite side of the street or you may park on some of the surrounding streets and walk to the house. Be mindful that the house is in a residential neighborhood and our neighbors may be resting nearby.
Tour alternatives are available upon request for visitors with special needs. The entrance is handicapped accessible with a hard surface porch even with the public sidewalk and a ramp inside the house for the first floor limited to the living room. A photographic image of the dining room, kitchen and second floor of the house is available on the ground floor for mobility impaired guests. For hearing impaired guests, there is a written script of the house tour. Please call ahead for special assistance.
For safety reasons, we cannot have more than 20 guests inside the house at anytime. When inclement weather occurs, visitors may need to wait inside their vehicle until the next tour begins.
Photography, of any sort, or the use of audio recording devices inside the Patsy Cline Historic House during times open to the public is prohibited. If a patron brings a camera or recording device into the house, the patron will be asked to return that item to his/her vehicle, or check it with guest services. Cameras or tripods used anywhere in the vicinity outside the house may not obstruct public use or pedestrian flow or present a safety hazard at any time.
The grounds and backyard of the Patsy Cline Historic House are closed to the public when the house is not open for tours. Trespassers will be prosecuted.
Patsy Cline Historic House:
Phone: (540) 662-5555
Address: 608 South Kent Street, Winchester, VA 22601
The Patsy Cline Historic House
Located in a working-class neighborhood in the City of Winchester, Virginia, this modest house was the residence of country music legend Patsy Cline (1932-63), who lived here from the ages of 16 to 21, when she married Gerald Cline. Patsy resided here from 1948-53, longer than at any other house associated with her in the Winchester and Nashville areas, and she returned to it intermittently until her singing career began in 1957.
Patsy's mother, Hilda Hensley, made a home here with her three children, Virginia Patterson (Patsy), Sylvia, and Sam, Jr. The family's house was a foundation and a springboard for Patsy's ambitious dreams of becoming a country music star. More than 40 years after Cline's tragic death in 1963, her country music legacy endures. Her expressive voice and exuberant musical style propelled Patsy Cline to the top of the record charts and the pinnacle of popular recognition in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Her haunting voice has become an American standard for musical excellence ever since. Cline was the first solo female singer to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1960, and the first woman to be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973. Her legend lives on today. Cline's albums and CDs continue to sell "platinum" every year and she has been on Billboard Magazine's Top Country Album List for the last ten years. "Crazy," one of Patsy's best-known songs written by Willie Nelson, continues to be the number one jukebox hit of all time.
Patsy Cline's teenage and young adulthood home is significant beyond her musical career. It attests to the challenging personal circumstances of Patsy's girlhood and her unusual tenacity. She was determined to realize her personal dream to be a singer in a time when most women commonly remained in the home as housewives. As a struggling new talent in the 1950s and early 1960s--and, from the age of 15, one of two heads of the household--Patsy learned to succeed through hard work and perseverance, especially in the male-dominated realm of the country music industry.
Patsy's career was a slow rise from obscurity to fame. Patsy left school at age 16 to help her mother, recently separated from Patsy's father, make money to support the family. Her musical career began in Winchester as a singer on Joltin' Jim McCoy's broadcast on Sunday mornings on WINC. At Winchester 's Palace Theater (since demolished) Patsy engineered an introduction to famed gospel legend Wally Fowler and his Oak Ridge Quartet. Fowler, impressed by her singing, showed up at the family house promising to launch Patsy's career. Patsy's mother sewed some of her costumes at the house that appeared in Patsy's earlier shows. By 1954 Patsy signed her first record contract with 4 Star Records and in 1956 recorded her trademark song, "Walkin' After Midnight."
The house in Winchester serves as a proud testament to Patsy's love of family. Her devoted and influential relationship with her mother and their drive and determination launched Patsy's career. Located on South Kent Street , the Patsy Cline House is in a residential neighborhood. Much of the Winchester house, its landscaping and the surrounding neighborhood appear approximately the same as when Patsy lived there.