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Butcher Holler, Home of Loretta Lynn

Butcher Holler is in Johnson County, Kentucky and home of the world’s most famous coal miner’s daughter, Loretta Lynn. Her birthplace and family home is nestled between two fog shrouded mountains up a “holler” in Van Lear, Kentucky.

Loretta, her sisters Patsy and Crystal Gayle, sang songs with attitude and pride. They brought their brand of country music to an admiring public, and gained fame and fortune for themselves and new respect for coal miners everywhere.

Directions- from the intersection of Route 460/40/321 in Paintsville, take 321 south for five miles. Turn left on Rt. 1107 and travel 0.9 miles. Turn right on Rt 302 for 1.5 miles, turn left on Millers Creek Road. For tours, stop at Webb’s General Store #5 on the right side of the road. Continue traveling Millers Creek Road, then turn left up “Butcher Holler.” The homeplace is located 2 miles past Webb’s General Store, which is owned and operated by Loretta Lynn’s brother, Herman Webb.

For more information call Webb’s General Store at (606) 789-3397 or visit their Facebook page.

Webb’s General Store

Take a step back in time at Webb’s Grocery, previously known as the Number 5 Store because of the Number 5 mine located nearby. Located in Van Lear, the general store is over 100 years old and is currently owned by Loretta Lynn’s brother, Herman Webb. The store was portrayed in the movies “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “Let It Be War”, and “Fifth Hollar”. Visitors wishing to tour Loretta Lynn’s homeplace will arrive at the General Store two miles before arriving at the homeplace. Just stop at the store for tours of Lynn’s homeplace. If you’re lucky, your tour may be given by Loretta’s brother himself. For more info, please contact Webb’s Grocery at (606) 789-3397.

Downtown Walking Tour

A leisurely walk through the streets of lovely Downtown Paintsville. See the beautiful historic homes and buildings, while admiring the different architectural styles. An easy walk that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages.

Your Historic Downtown Paintsville Tour begins at 102 Broadway – The Stafford House.

Walk north on Broadway, across the bridge toward downtown.

Turn right on Main Street. (Bank on right)

Head east on Main Street for 2 blocks. (Houses on right at intersection of Main/Euclid) (Northeast of intersection is old City Hall – now the Police Station)

Turn left on Euclid Avenue.

Turn left on 2nd Street.

Continue west on 2nd Street toward College Street. (You will pass the High School on your right)

Turn right on College Street. Walk to the corner.

Turn left on 3rd Street. (Mayo Methodist Church is on the corner.)

Continue west on 3rd Street (You will pass Mayo Mansion)

Turn left on West Street. (Ahead you will see Patterson-Slone House on right)

Continue on West Street. Turn left on 2nd Street. (House on left)

Continue toward Church Street.

Turn right on Church Street. (Methodist Church on right at corner)

Turn left on Main Street and continue walking. (Fosters building on right and HB Rice building on left.)

Continue to corner and turn right back to starting point.

For tour info, please contact the Johnson County Public Library at (606) 789-4355.

In The Pines Amphitheater

The “In the Pines Amphitheater” is located on the grounds of the Mountain HomePlace. It is built in the style of a Greek Amphitheater with capacity seating for 700. The amphitheater stage is in the design of an open barn. This combination of styles gives the amphitheater the feel of an ancient theater with the look of a modern open design. The natural acoustic sound provides artists with a “natural sound system” unmatched in an indoor setting. A Gospel Sing is held Memorial Day Weekend and hosts gospel singers from all parts of the United States.

Various other shows are held throughout the year.

For more information on the Amphitheater, please call (606) 297-1850.


Kiwanis Walking Trail

The Kiwanis Walking Trail is located across from the Administrative Building at the Mountain Homeplace. The 1.6 mile trail offers an easy to moderate walk. The trail has several stopping points that allow the visitor to sit and look at the beautiful Paintsville Lake. You may also see wildlife such as wild turkey, squirrels, deer, geese and many other native woodland animals. The Kiwanis Trail is open from daylight to dark.

For more information on the trail, please call 606-297-6312.

Mayo Mansion

John Caldwell Calhoun Mayo came to Paintsville as a teacher but soon became aware of the region’s potential in coal. He began buying mineral rights, eventually becoming Kentucky’s wealthiest citizen. His mansion, built in 1905-1912, is three stories with 43 rooms. Today, the Mayo Mansion serves as Our Lady of the Mountains parochial school and can only be toured by appointment.

For more information, please call (606) 789-3661.

Mayo Church

The Mayo Methodist church, across the street from the mansion, was also built by Mr. Mayo. It is renowned for the stained glass windows, lovely stone construction, and organ donated by Andrew Carnegie.

For more information, call (606) 789-3296.

Mountain HomePlace

The Mountain HomePlace Farm offers unique experiences from touring the grounds, getting up close and personal with the livestock to having an old-fashioned wedding at the Fishtrap Church or attending a concert at the outdoor theater. The adventures are endless at the Mountain HomePlace.

The buildings include the McKenzie family cabin, which is a double pen cabin; a one-room school house, a double crib barn, and the old Fish Trap United Baptist Church are also on site. The original LeMaster house is being used as a working blacksmith shop. The gardens and fields are surrounded by split-rail fencing with scenic views of the Appalachian Mountains.

Interpreters dressed in authentic period costumes perform daily chores, give demonstrations, and discuss early farming life from April through October. A variety of vegetables and herbs are grown every year on the farm, as well.

The administrative building at the Mountain HomePlace houses a museum of tools, clothing, and wares that were used on the farm during the 1850’s-1870’s and a gift shop that offers visitors unique gifts. Among those gifts are Appalachian crafted items, seasonal produce, hand painted gourds and the hand-sewn dolls and toys replicated from the 1850-1875 time period. The signature handmade quilts that depict various styles of quilting are a local favorite.

Visitors will enjoy an award winning video narrated by Johnson County native Richard Thomas, detailing the life and history of early Appalachian Settlers in our 150 seat auditorium. The auditorium is available year around for wedding receptions, reunions, workshops, and other private events.

The Mountain HomePlace hosts several annual events that include an Easter Egg Hunt, Gospel Sing, Appalachian Craft Days, and Mountain HomePlace Christmas.

We invite you to come discover the adventures that await at the Mountain HomePlace Farm. From discovering the early history and development of Eastern Kentucky, feeding the animals, or walking thru our vegetable garden, we are positive you will love our beautiful area of Kentucky that we call Home.

For more information please call (606) 297-1850.

Hours of Operation:
The Mountain HomePlace is open April 1 – October 31
Re-opening for Mountain HomePlace Christmas on December 9,10,16,17

View our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MountainHomePlaceFarm

The Mountain HomePlace invites all schools to visit our facility. Please click here for the packet for schools.

OSCAR Center

The Oil Springs Cultural Arts and Recreation Center (OSCAR) once served as both a high school and elementary school for the community of Oil Springs, located seven miles west of Paintsville, in Johnson County.

Today, the OSCAR serves as a regional arts educational center. Classes include, spinning, weaving, quilting, pottery, woodcarving, painting heritage art, recycled art, dance, music, and drama. It is the home of the Story Patch plays that are made up of local stories and performed by local community theater. Special activities and workshops are held at various times throughout the year.

The Route 23 Cultural Heritage Network represents a wide variety of artists, crafters, historic sites, and people who are passionate about preserving the history and culture of Appalachia. This organization manages the Story Patch theater, OSCAR Center, Kentucky Appalachian Proud (locally produced) meals, the Kentucky Heritage Collection (unique products by local artists with local themes), and other projects that reflect the local culture.

For hours of operation or to schedule a tour at the OSCAR, please call (606) 789-8108.

River, KY

River, Kentucky offers visitors three distinct attractions. One of the most recognized attractions is the grave of Jenny Wiley. Jenny Wiley was a pioneer heroine who, along with her baby son, was captured by Indians on October 1, 1789. Jenny Wiley was pregnant at the time and both children were slain during her captivity. Jenny Wiley survived her ordeal and escaped nine months after her capture. After reuniting with her husband they settled in Johnson County and raised a family of five more children. Jenny died at the age of 71 in 1831.

River, Kentucky was also the home of the late Hylo Brown. Frank Brown was born on April 20, 1922 in River, Kentucky. He earned the nickname “Hylo” because of his unique vocal range; he could sing notes anywhere from tenor to bass, a skill that would become his trademark.

One of the newest attractions at River is the Forest and Maxine Preston Memorial pedestrian bridge. The bridge was constructed from composite plastic fibers, making the 420 foot bridge the longest plastic pedestrian bridge in the world. The lightweight bridge creates a safe yet unique walking experience.

Directions: From Paintsville, take US 23 North for approximately 9 miles. Turn right onto Ky Route 3224. Turn right towards Route 581, and you will immediately come to a stop sign. To walk the pedestrian bridge, you may park at the River Post Office (which is located almost directly across from the intersection). The bridge is located to the left of the post office.

To view Jenny Wiley’s gravesite: Follow the directions listed above for the pedestrian bridge. At the stop sign, turn right onto Ky Route 581.  Turn right into the River Fire Department parking lot. You may park here, and walk the blacktopped path to Jenny Wiley’s gravesite. The path is approximately 0.2 miles and is a steady incline.

Stafford House

The Francis M. Stafford House is a historic house located at 102 Broadway Street in Paintsville, Kentucky. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places not only for its architecture, but for its importance in the founding and development of Paintsville. In 1843, John Stafford, the original owner of the house, helped establish the city of Paintsville. Then in the 1930’s, the Stafford family sold most of their 1,000 acre farm to the city, doubling it in size.

The rear part of the home was built circa 1843, while the front part was built circa 1888, making it the oldest house in Johnson County. Although the home was originally built for John Stafford, it was named for his son who accumulated his father’s property after he died in 1869. Francis Stafford also built the main part of the house.

At one time, the Stafford farm included several other buildings, among which were a smokehouse, a store house, a coal house, several barns, a corn crib and a grist mill, which was located below the home on Paint Creek.

In 1861 a holly tree was planted in front of the house and it still stands today.

In April 2010, a resident from nearby Floyd County purchased the home. After two years of renovations, the Stafford House opened for tours in October 2012.

In 2015, the Paintsville Tourism Commission purchased the house and continues to renovate the house and open it for tours and private events.

Sipp Theatre

Located at 336 Main Street, the Sipp was originally built as a Vaudeville House and has hosted the greats in the entertainment world from the 1930’s to present. The Sipp has recently been renovated with a new lobby and new sound system. If you enjoy historic theatres and great entertainment, then visit the Historical Sipp Theatre. For more information on performance dates or renting the facility, please call (606) 297-1469.

Van Lear Historical Museum/Coal Miner’s Museum

The Coal Miners’ Museum is located in the former headquarters of the Miller’s Creek Division of the Consolidation Coal Company at 78 Miller’s Creek Road in the central section of Van Lear. The museum currently houses several collections including a collection of mining tools, a “company” doctor’s office, a local Veteran’s Hall of Fame, the Van Lear Schools’ Collection, a model of “Old” Van Lear, several original works of art, the “Old” Van Lear Post Office and more!

Icky’s 1950’s Snack Shop – located in the bottom floor of the Coal Miners’ Museum – dates back to the 1940’s. Originally run by Mr. Richard “Icky” Wetzel and relatives, the store was a favorite with the students at Van Lear High in the 1950’s. It has been preserved to reflect that golden age where the jukebox was king. It also serves as a gift shop for the Coal Miner’s Museum.

Rucker Park – Located just east of the Coal Miner’s Museum is owned an operated by the Van Lear Historical Society. The park features facilities for basketball, volleyball, playground equipment, a picnic shelter and a retired C&O caboose. The park is open to the public during daylight hours.

The Coal Miners’ Museum was portrayed in the movies “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “The Death of Floyd Collins”, and “Fifth Hollar”.

Directions: From Paintsville, take Route 321 South. Turn left onto KY 1107. Turn right onto
KY 302. Turn left onto Millers Creek Road. The Coal Miner’s Museum is located on the left.

For more information, please call (606) 789-8540 or visit http://www.vanlearkentucky.com/