Dolly Parton reveals plans to expand her empire with a Nashville museum


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Tennessee native Dolly Parton plans to start a business in her home state’s capital. 

In a recent interview, the country icon announced her dream to build a business — dubbed a “Dolly Center” — in the Music City in the near future. 

“I’m going to have a museum here [in Nashville] pretty soon, within the next couple of years,” Dolly Parton, 76, told the Tennessean in a recent interview. 

Although the country legend already has a museum in Tennessee at her eponymous theme park in Pigeon Forge, she’d like to create another — along with other businesses — in Nashville, which feels closer to her heart.

“We have the museum at Dollywood, of course, but I would love to have something here since this is really my home,” she explained. “And I may have a restaurant or a bar and grill. Right now, though, I’ve got so many things going. I can do without that for the moment. But someday I will have a business here.”

She pictures the museums as a key feature of “a larger complex” to include a museum. “That’s kind of where my thinking is,” she said.

Dolly Parton performs during a concert on May 28, 2014, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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An undated photo of Dolly Parton at the Country Music Association annual awards show.
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Nashville has been dominating her dreams of late, as the songwriter has felt an intense tug toward spending time in the state where she was born and raised — specifically, she spent her childhood in East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains region.

“I don’t see as much traveling or touring as I see performing,” she told her hometown publication. “I’ll be doing special things here and there, but I don’t want to tour that much anymore. I’ve done that. I don’t like being gone four to six weeks a year in order to do an overseas tour … And that’s just a little long.”

One of those special things may be performing at Manchester, Tennessee’s annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, where fans have been begging for her to do a set “for at least a decade,” according to the Tennessean. 

“That’s the kind of thing that I could do,” she said. “Shows here and there, special events like that. And, hopefully, one day I will do Bonnaroo.”

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