I just got home from my trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and thought you’d like to see the souvenir I brought back for you. You didn’t think I’d come back empty handed, did you?
We went to Dollywood yesterday, and one of my favorite things in the park was the replica of Dolly Parton’s childhood home constructed by her mother and brother. I was amazed to see how Dolly and her 10 brothers and sisters lived in this tiny, one-room cabin in the Smoky Mountains. She has always described her family as “dirt poor,” and that’s no exaggeration. It’s all the more remarkable when you think about how far she’s come since then.–
This was part of the “kitchen corner” and appeared to be a sort of pantry:
The front porch (maybe this is where some of them slept?):
One of my favorite Dolly quotes: “I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.”
Five Fun Facts About Dolly Parton:
She’s Miley Cyrus’s godmother and plays “Aunt Dolly” on the popular Disney show “Hannah Montana.” (My 13-year old told me this!)
She’s known as the Iron Butterfly. She uses butterflies as her logos, which represent beauty and freedom to her.
Twenty-six of Parton’s songs have hit #1 on the Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist.
Imagination Library is her literacy program that mails a book a month to children from the time they’re born until they turn 5. Although it began in her hometown of Sevier County, it now reaches children across the U.S. We talked to one Dollywood employee who told us that every time her daughter gets a book in the mail, she says, “Aunt Dolly loves me!”
9/10 UPDATE: These photos were featured on “The Nate Berkus Show” when Dolly made an appearance on it. You can read all about it here.
Photo of Dolly Parton via AOL Music. The rest are mine.
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