Explored: Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Dunnaway
Even though I grew up in the 80's, one of my all-time favorite singers has always been Patsy Cline. My love for Patsy Cline was no doubt influenced by my grandmother who kept my brother and I while my parents worked.
She had a collection of records that we played over and over again to pass long winter months. I still remember bellowing "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight" and "Just a Closer Walk" at the top of my lungs along with the spinning vinyl.
Although Patsy Cline perished in 1963, her music has influenced every generation of country music lovers since. So, when I was given the opportunity to visit the Patsy Cline Memorial in Camden, Tennessee this past fall I didn’t even hesitate.
Located on Mount Carmel Road in Camden, the Patsy Cline Memorial marks the location of the plane crash that took her life and three others. Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were musicians who had performed with Patsy Cline in Kansas City two days earlier. The pilot was her manager, Randy Hughes who was also killed in the crash.
The memorial itself is situated at the bottom of a hill that is about a five-minute walk from the parking area. It is a steep trail that would not necessarily be considered "handicap accessible." Although simple, the memorial is tranquil and serene. A large boulder is inscribed with the date of the crash and the names of those who perished.
The next time you’re going through Camden and you've got a little time for a stroll through the woods, you should definitely check out the Patsy Cline Memorial. The signs on Mount Carmel Road will point the way.