A museum that honors a very talented, generous young woman with an amazing voice that died in a small engine plane crash.
The Patsy Cline Museum is dedicated to a young woman named Virginia Paterson Hensley. She and the others on the plane that night died way too soon. There were two other stars from the Grand Ole Opry on the plane; Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkings, and the pilot of the plane, Randy Hughes. She went by her stage name Patsy and kept the last name Cline from her first marriage. Patsy taught herself how to play the piano at 8 years old and later found a passion for singing. She could never read music and did not know what key she sang in but she was very good. She had a classic, timeless voice and she achieved superstardom after her death in 1963 at the age of 30. Her mother was a seamstress, so they would sew her stage costumes from Pasty's designs and drawings or embellish store-bought outfits with fringe and rhinestones because it was more cost-efficient.
Even when Pasty had more money she would continue to design her own clothing. In fact, Pasty had several drawings of dresses she planned to make that the owners of the museum had made to put on display, 50 years after Patsy drew them. The museum is located at 119 3rd Ave S. Nashville, TN on the 2nd floor, just above the museum of Johnny Cash. The entrance fees are separate. The museum is open from 9 am - 7 pm every day, and it is closed only on major holidays. There is a wall of records, stage costumes, furniture that she had in her home from the dining room, the front room, and the kitchen, including her refrigerator that has been running since it was bought back in 1957. Patsy had two children with her second husband, Charlie Dick. Her daughter Julie Fudge was just 4 years old when she passed. Julie was worried that the "Norge" refrigerator might not start again if it was ever unplugged, so her only condition about moving it was to have it continually plugged in. They were able to do this and it is still going strong. One of Patsy's most famous songs is "Crazy," which was written by the infamous Willie Nelson.