This popular ranch is the home of famous country singer Loretta Lynn. It is not only the location of her famous haunted mansion it is home to a small shopping village, museums, campgrounds, and trail rides. The ranch is part of the Hurricane Mills Rural Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Loretta Lynn’s home sets on a large swath of land, over 3,500 acres, just outside of Nashville, TN in a very small town called Hurricane Mills. This ranch is home to a civil war era plantation home as well as a gristmill. Owner and businessman James Anderson built the house in 1876. It is a traditional Greek revival style plantation home that was popular for that era and location.
What makes this ranch and plantation unique is the sites and things that can be found on the property that was left over from the Civil War. The site where the house rests played host to a small skirmish during the war that left about 19 Confederate soldiers dead and they were later buried on the property. Once the house was built the owner, Anderson, operated the ranch on slave labor. It was later discovered in the 1960s that a “slave pit” existed near the front porch. It had bars along the top and contained chains and hooks down inside. This pit was used as a form of punishment for slaves that broke the rules.
The house itself has been rumored to be a hotbed of paranormal activity. The home is said to be haunted by the original owner’s wife, who died 12 days after giving birth to her stillborn son. Many a visitor, and even homeowner Loretta Lynn, have stated they experienced paranormal activity while in the home. It has been featured on a few different paranormal shows and blogs.
The ranch is now home to several different tourist activities such as camping, horseback riding, and several on-site museums including a gristmill and frontier homestead museums. Tours in the plantation home are also given as country star Loretta Lynn now lives in a different location on the ranch.