A quaint home sits in Old Town Winchester, inviting others to learn more about its past – and travelers come from all over to do just that. It is the previous home of country music icon Patsy Cline, who was born and raised right here in Winchester.
Cline, whose smooth voice helped break down country music’s gender barrier and is considered one of the genre’s greatest vocalists, lived in the home from 1948-53, when she was ages 16-21. She returned to the home periodically until 1957, after her professional music career had begun. The two-story home was where Cline lived as she began singing professionally; it was her home when she signed her first recording contract and began her rise to stardom.
She went on to have an abundance of country music hits, including songs like “Crazy,” and “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and would eventually join the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. She performed with artists like Johnny Cash, June Carter and George Jones.
Cline died tragically in a plane crash in 1963. Ten years later, she became the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Patsy Cline Historic House welcomes visitors, who can take a look into the country music star’s life and early road to fame. Tour hours change periodically throughout the year. All current information on tours, events, pricing and more can be found on the Patsy Cline Historic House Facebook page.
The Patsy Cline Historic House is on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. And in 2021, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated it a National Historic Landmark. It is located at 608 S. Kent Street in Winchester, and can be reached at (540) 662-5555.