Crazy … for Patsy Cline

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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Winchester, Virginia was the home of Virginia Hensley, the woman the world knows as country music legend Patsy Cline.


Patsy on the front porch of 608 S. Kent Street, now The Patsy Cline Historic House.

Patsy on the front porch of 608 S. Kent Street, now The Patsy Cline Historic House.


Cline was the first solo female member of the Grand Ole Opry (1960) and the first female Country Music Hall of Fame inductee (1973). Her hit song, “Crazy,” was written by Willie Nelson and is still the number one jukebox hit of all time.

Patsy Cline’s home, now the Patsy Cline Historic House, is where she lived, slept and spent her “prime years” (1948-53) while pursuing her career. Visitors enter her home, rather than a museum, to find the cupboards stocked with Quaker Oats and other staples in vintage containers.

A 30- to 45-minute guided tour shows off Cline’s clothes, jewelry, newspaper articles and more in rooms with original furnishings, set up just the way any home would be. Purchase a souvenir from the gift shop and be sure to take a seat on the front porch glider for a photo reminiscent of Patsy’s (above).

To explore and learn more about Patsy Cline, check out Crazy for Patsy Cline – an itinerary for those wanting to explore all things Patsy in Winchester.

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Patsy was born in Winchester, but she actually lived in many places throughout the Shenandoah Valley- and many towns can claim her. She spent her young adult life in Winchester and was married there. Most of Winchester never accepted her as their own. She lived in Lexington Virginia for many years in her childhood as well as Norfolk naval yards , Portsmouth, and several places outside the Valley. She is a great singer and her music has a timeless quality to it that resonates with people of all ages.

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Patsy was the best of the best. I know that she thought the world of Loretta Lynn. Loretta did Patsy also. Two of the greatest of all time.