U.S. Highway 23 is a designated National Scenic
Byway in honor of the unprecedented number of country music
entertainers who were born or lived along U.S. Highway 23. Route 23 is
a major north/south route which stretches from Michigan to Florida, and
is home to more than a dozen successful country musicians who call the
green mountains of eastern Kentucky home.
The U.S. Highway 23 Country Music Museum opened in April 2005 and is located beside the Paintsville Information Center, exit state routes 40 and 460, from US Highway 23. Country music fans will be interested and intrigued by country music star memorabilia and displays supplied by the artists. Exhibits include Johnson County's own Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, and Hylo Brown. Other exhibits include Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, Billy Ray Cyrus, the Judds, Tom T. Hall, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Stewart, and Rebecca Lynn Howard. A unique gift shop features cookbooks by Loretta Lynn, Naomi Judd, and other area authors in addition to CDs, books, and videos by your favorite entertainers. The gift shop also features Appalachian crafts reflecting the artistry and culture of U.S. Highway 23. There is something for everyone at the Country Music Highway Museum Gift Shop.
If you are looking for a place to entertain friends, family, or planning a corporate get-a-way training session, call the Country Music Highway Museum for reservations and event planning information. With table seating for one hundred and eighty and theater seating for two hundred, the Country Music Museum's Great Room can accomodate your event or meeting with on-site or self catered services from a complete kitchen facility. The Great Room is also perfect setting for wedding receptions, family reunions, and holiday parties. For business meetings, receptions, and holiday parties the Great Room supplies a 60-inch screen, surround sound system, and projected video capabilities to meet every entertainment requirement.
For more information and reservations, please
call (606) 297-1469 or visit the
US 23 Country Music Highway Museum here.