George Jones would be proud to see the showplace in his honor, the George Jones Museum in Nashville, noted his widow, Nancy Jones, at the museum’s grand opening, Thursday night (April 23), in Nashville.
The gala event drew an A-list of celebrities and local dignitaries to celebrate and get a firsthand look at the museum, certain to be a top tourist attraction. The George Jones Museum, located at 128 2nd Avenue North in downtown Nashville, is now officially open to the public.
Stars like Dierks Bentley, Ricky Skaggs, John Rich of Big & Rich, Naomi Judd, T. Graham Brown and Jeannie Seely walked the red carpet before stepping inside to view the museum.
Nancy Jones told Country Weekly on the red carpet that the museum is full of “unexpected surprises” and little-known facts about George. “We even have the lawnmower,” she said, laughing, referring to the vehicle that’s become part of the George Jones legacy when he drove it to buy liquor. “I’m just so pleased with everything here.”
Fans will experience the complete George Jones legacy at the museum, which includes a gift shop and restaurant. Among the many items are awards, rare photographs, George’s favorite chair and his red pickup truck. The George Jones Theater runs clips from his former television show.
The official presentation was attended by Nashville mayor Karl Dean, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and other community leaders. George’s only living sibling, his 93-year-old sister, Helen, also spoke to the crowd from the podium, emotionally recalling that “he was my world for a long time.”
Nancy Jones addressed the audience and simply said, “It is absolutely an honor to be here. I can’t explain how happy I am.”
For more on the George Jones Museum and the grand opening, pickup the May 25 issue of Country Weekly.
Nancy Jones photo by Aimee Stubbs, Dierks Bentley photo by Bob Paxman