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Paranormal Activity At Loretta Lynn's Ranch
Country music legend Loretta Lynn grew up in a run down shack in the woods of Butcher Hollow, located in Kentucky. She is the daughter of a hard working coal miner, Ted Webb, who sadly passed away in 1959 due to black lung disease. Being the second oldest of eight siblings, Loretta had to step up and help her mother with daily chores and caring for the younger children.
At the tender age of fifteen, Loretta met and fell in love with a Doolittle (Oliver) Lynn. The two married in January of 1948 and remained married for approximately fifty years until Doolittle passed away in 1996.
On the couple's fifth wedding anniversary, Doo surprised Loretta with a guitar. Over the next few years Loretta taught herself how to play the instrument and began playing honky-tonks, with the help of her husband, and made her first record in early 1960. Due to the nature of some of her songs, certain radio stations across the country refused to play her records. Loretta sang about cheating and a variety of other women's issues, which caused a problem, she had to stand up and fight to get her music on the airwaves.
Loretta was really close friends with fellow country singer, Patsy Cline. The two would often tour together and play concerts to adoring fans, no matter the weather, rain or shine. On long bus rides between gigs, Loretta would write songs and sing them to Patsy and ask for her honest opinion. Often times their husbands would join them on tour, however; this at times caused Loretta a lot of pain and heartache, as her husband Doolittle would fancy the attention of other women, hence the songs she wrote about cheating.
After much success, Loretta and her husband purchased a ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. This is the home where the couple raised their six children, Betty, Jack, Clara, Ernest and twins, Peggy and Patsy. Sadly, Betty and Jack have passed away. Betty's death was due to emphysema in 2013, and Jack lost his life in an accidental drowning in 1984.
Loretta's ranch is now a popular tourist stop, attracting hundreds of visitors a year. The ranch features museums, stores, restaurants and more. Some visitors claim this famous ranch is haunted. There have been stories of tourist claiming to have encountered civil war soldiers within the plantation, as well as strange sounds and incidents. Among which includes reported sightings of a ghostly woman wearing a white gown standing on the top balcony. Loretta herself has stated that on numerous occasions she has felt what she believes may have been a supernatural presence. She claims these incidents can be best described as a sharp drop in temperature like cold waves rippling over her skin. It has also been said that Loretta and some of her friends once came in contact with a ghost in her home by the name of, Anderson. Apparently, the group upset this ghost so badly that it levitated a table and smashed it against the floor with such force that it split in two.
Loretta's daughters have also claimed to have seen soldiers throughout the ranch. One specific incident involves Loretta's oldest son, who reportedly encountered the ghost of a soldier, who tried to remove his boots while sitting in the "Brown Room" of the home. Due to the amount of sightings and suspicious activity on the property, The Travel Channel visited the estate to investigate and report on all of the paranormal activity surrounding the ranch.
Loretta consulted celebrity ghost whisperer, James Van Praagh, hoping to drive away ghosts haunting the house and grounds. These attempts at removing the ghosts included an attempt to prompt the ghost of her father, which she has claimed to encounter, on his journey onward. With nineteen confederate soldiers interred in the cemetery on the grounds, and unknown deceased slaves who may or may not have perished in alleged underground catacombs located beneath the front porch of the current structure, it is highly possible there may still be some lost souls wandering this vast plantation. Although Loretta no longer resides in the home, she holds concerts and holiday activities, as well as visits quite frequently on many occasions.
If you are a Loretta Lynn fan, be sure to plan a visit to her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. They offer tours of her home, a museum, horseback riding, camping and much more. The ranch is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. central time.