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LORETTA LYNN LOOKED on the land and noticed a house.

In 1966, the nation music star and her husband, Mooney, have been looking for a spot to lift their six youngsters away from the bustle of Nashville. Famously born within the coal-mining group of Butcher Hole within the Appalachian hills of jap Kentucky, Loretta wished a spot with wide-open areas the place she might disappear when she wasn’t working. One afternoon, on a drive about 70 miles southwest of Music Metropolis, she noticed a surprising white home on a hill surrounded by woods and water.

“My grandmother fell in love with the house,” says Loretta’s granddaughter, Tayla Lynn. “She additionally fell in love with the land round it.”

When Loretta and Mooney inquired about the home, they discovered it got here with the city, which included an previous grain mill, a basic retailer and a publish workplace. So, 56 years in the past, to purchase the home, the couple bought the three,500-acre group of Hurricane Mills, a peaceable place the place the early-morning quiet was damaged solely by the throaty croak of the American bullfrogs lining Hurricane Creek, the meandering centerpiece of the city.

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