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Roy Acuff Home For Sale In Nashville

February 18, 2012

So I asked James how he would feel about having a home in the south where the temperatures are always warmer, and we could attend the Grand Ole Opry on a regular basis.

I am sure he will have an answer following his running out the door and screaming down the street.

Seriously, this house would be a hoot to own, and there must be a thousand stories associated with it that I would love to know.

Roy Acuff is a national treasure, and one of the critical foundations of not only the Grand Ole Opry, but also of Nashville.  Whom ever owns this home is one very fortunate person,

Long live the memories of Roy Acuff.

Not many people can play the fiddle like Roy Acuff, but a fortunate country music fan — or even an ordinary homeowner — will have the opportunity to own the nine-room log cabin where the Grand Ole Opry star lived in Nashville’s Inglewood neighborhood.

The house, at 3614 Brush Hill Road, played an active part in Acuff’s career, says its current owner, Jack Hardin, who bought the property out of foreclosure. Acuff lived there from 1945 to 1950, a period when he was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor and broadcast a radio show, Supper With Roy Acuff, from the downstairs game room.

Hardin, who has placed the restored home on the market with a list price of $499,900, hopes the property’s connection to Nashville’s music industry will continue.

Acuff apparently was a good neighbor. In the years after World War II, he had one of the few telephones on the street and was happy to share. He used a horn, the same one he used while fox hunting, to call his neighbor to the phone, author Elizabeth Schlappi said in her 1978 book, Roy Acuff, The Smoky Mountain Boy.

Even after he moved away, Acuff visited his old neighborhood, says Ellen Blanton, who has lived next door since 1956. A secretary at WSM, the radio station that broadcasts the Grand Ole Opry, she knew Acuff well.

“Roy came back (to the house) occasionally. He had a tennis court out front,” Blanton says.

After he moved, Acuff let another Opry performer live in the house but soon kicked him out, she says.

“He shot holes in the pantry door, shooting at his wife,” says Blanton, who declined to name the performer.

After that, Acuff sold the house to T. Tommy Cutrer, who emceed the Opry in the 1950s and ’60s and was a radio personality on WSM. Like Acuff, Cutrer later went into politics, serving for several years in the Tennessee Legislature.

 

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