The huge meditative boulder marks the exact spot that Patsy Cline's Plane plummeted nose-first into the ground.
Virginia Patterson Hensley was a singer that used the stage name Patsy Cline. She was born in 1932 and died the evening of 1963 in Camden, Tennessee. Patsy had just finished a benefit show in Kansas City, Kansas. It was suggested that Patsy along with the group, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and the pilot who was also Patsy's manager, Randy Hughes, take the six-hour drive home instead of flying because of the weather. Patsy did say, "don't worry about me. When it's my time to go, it's my time." The plane stopped in Missouri for fuel and landed at Dyersburg Municipal Airport in Dyersburg, Tennessee at 5 pm on March 5, 1963. The airfield manager also suggested that the group spent the night at the airport because of the high winds and severe weather but they continued on their journey. The plane crashed that evening only 90 miles from the Nashville destination in a forest just outside of Camden. The forensic examinations found that everyone on the flight died instantly. A farmer heard an engine sputter and the crash that followed. He phoned to report it and the authorities did search for hours but it was not until the next day that the farmer located the crash site first. It was reported that many belongings were scattered through the ravine. To commemorate the lives lost, the location of the crash is now a memorial dedicated to all of the passengers. Signage and a gravel path lined with beams lead visitors on a winding and wooded path. Visitors pass a gazebo, and as you walk down the gently sloped, turning path there is a sign that says, "Silence beyond this point" to remind visitors to be respectful and quiet. Guests will then reach a wider area with two benches and a large meditative, engraved boulder with the crash date of March 5, 1965, the names of the lives lost, and "in loving memory" with the date that the memorial was placed in the very spot that the plane landed, July 6, 1996.