The Dying Town

In South Central Kentucky, two hours north of Nashville, Tennessee, an hour and half southeast of Louisville, Kentucky, there’s a small, rural town that’s always dying. Hence the title, The Dying Town. You might be wondering what I mean. Can a town really, truly be dying? The answer is: yes. In order to revive it, we need some help, not just from our community, but from other places far from the little town tucked away in the heart of Kentucky. We need you. Yes, you! We need you to help spread the word about The Dying Town that we want resurrected.

Through the years, we have seen businesses spring up with hope in their hearts, and most of the folks in these parts are wondering how long they will make it. Six months? If they’re lucky, maybe a year? We have seen so many businesses come, then fade away into nothing. Old, empty buildings are decaying on the side of Highway 61. There’s a new business that’s opened up in The Dying Town, and we want them to succeed, but the reality is that we need help outside of our community.

I attended a concert in Summersville, Kentucky (The Dying Town) last night, and I have been to several venues in various states. You see, I’m a ramblin’ rose, I like to explore different places, see new things, and just experience life. I have been to the Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio, the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., and Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana to name a few. Up until last night, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville had been my favorite venue because it was smaller than the big venues with a crazy amount of people and nosebleeds seats at a ridiculous price. If I am going to pay to see a live concert, I want to actually be able to see the artist, which doesn’t mean on some massive screen hanging from a ceiling or by the stage. Ryman Auditorium felt like you were right there with the artist performing, and guess what, Green River Live was so much more than that. It was a small venue with great, comfortable seats that was laid back, fun, and truly enjoyable.

I had the pleasure of seeing the son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley perform, Jesse Keith Whitley, and he was great. When he sung his dad’s song, ‘Tell Lorrie I Love Her’, and his mom, Lorrie Morgan came out and hugged him – that was it for me. I was done and my heart ached for them both, and to see the love the mother and son have for each other echoed within me because it made me think of my boys. Here’s the video of the performance:

Performed by Jesse Keith Whitley

To top it off, Lorrie Morgan, performed and I loved her music before, but I love it even more now because the chick is hilarious! I didn’t think I would go to a concert for comedic relief, but it happened, and I loved it. Here is a video, which showcases a small piece of her humor.

Lorrie Morgan at Green River Live in Summersville, KY.

How can you NOT love her, right? So, help a The Dying Town be resurrected and check a few places out in Summersville, Kentucky, and share this post to get the word out. Not only is there Green River Live, but we have the Skyline Drive-In, which you can see two movies for $7 for adults and $4 for a child, and the concession stand won’t break your pocketbook. Grab a bite to eat and browse the goodies at The Caterpillar Crossing. We are also near Green River Lake if you like to fish or just take a cruise on the lake. You can also rent kayaks or canoes and float down the river. There are cabins for rent near the paddle trail in Greensburg, Kentucky, and I promise, it will be one of the most peaceful, nicest counties you have ever visited.

Here are a few websites:

Green River Live:
Skyline Drive-In:
The Caterpillar Crossing:

Here is a romance novel based in Kentucky:

Lorrie Morgan and Randy Hayes – Don’t Close Your Eyes by Keith Whitley


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  1. If you want to ever add to your story I’d love to share. That was my childhood home and still my heart Summerville is the most beautiful places on Earth with some of the finest people by God’s Creation.

  2. Will be in Greensburg saying our final goodbye to a Summersville resident, my aunt. My son-in-law is scheduled to tour Green River Live as he is a gospel singer, a part of The Joymakers. We hope to be back many times to see them there.

  3. Will be in Greensburg saying our final goodbye to a Summersville resident, my aunt, who ran a couple of those businesses in Summersville. My son-in-law is scheduled to tour Green River Live as he is a gospel singer, a part of The Joymakers. We hope to be back many times to see them there.

    1. I’m sorry for the loss of your aunt. Summersville is a lovely place. I’ll be watching the events at Green River Live and I’ll definitely go if/when your son-in-law will be there. Gospel singing has a piece of my heart as well.

  4. I have to disagree with you. I have lived in various places in the world, visited many more than I have lived, and Summersville is one of the best places with one of the best group of people. There’s always going to be people with different views or who will judge you no matter where you go. That’s not who I am and that’s not what Summersville is about. Maybe there is an older generation who is set on their way of thinking and their beliefs, but different isn’t bad. Life is about agreeing to disagree on various topics and rolling on. I wasn’t born and raised in Summersville nor Kentucky, but I love it. I’ve also was thrown into moving from place to place when I was growing up, which wasn’t easy when I was the shy kid. I’ve learned as I’ve grown older that you get from a place what you’re willing to put into it. Love people for people and put differences aside.

  5. Lived in Summersville around 2000. Pastored a local church, Sand Lick Seperate Baptist. My 18 year old twins came home from the hospital to Summersville. Wonderful place, wonderful people. In memory of T.J and Louise Hodges and Calvin “Toad” Durret

  6. Just have recently been introduced to Summersville & Caterpillar Crossing. Love the quaint surroundings & genuine people. I participated in Farmers Mkt on Gren River this season….met some wonderful folks. I will also be participating with CC as a vendor of handcrafted soaps & scrubs and the holiday spectaular they are planning. Its exciting to watch what is about to take place. Blessings to all involved and the community.

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