It wouldn’t be the George Jones Museum without his riding lawn mower, and yep, there it is in all its green John Deere glory.
Alas, while it is Jones’ mower, it’s also a stand-in; the one he once famously rode eight miles to the liquor store because his brother-in-law had hidden his car keys got lost to history a long time ago.
But Jones’s widow, Nancy, seems to have kept almost every other artifact and piece of memorabilia important to telling the story of the man many consider the greatest country singer of all time. The museum, located less than a block off Lower Broadway in Nashville. – People Magazine
“I want everybody that knows and loves music to know about this guy and how much he loved it,” – Nancy Jones
The George Jones Museum opened in April in the buzzing heart of the new Nashville, with a sophisticated business plan, a rooftop bar and an event space with exposed brick walls that on that same night was hosting a technology firm’s cocktail hour. With one boot in the old Nashville and one in the new, it reflects both a city being remade with gleaming condominium towers and an influx of newcomers, and one where country music remains a central if shifting strand of its DNA.
Visitors to the renovated four-story building first encounter an expansive gift shop selling T-shirts with salty descriptions of Mr. Jones’s rebel reputation, a restaurant offering American bistro fare, and a bar and retail space selling shots and bottles of George Jones White Lightning brand moonshine, named for the paean to homemade liquor that became Mr. Jones’s first No. 1 hit in 1959.– The New York Times