[M]y phone was going crazy, and it wouldn’t stop. The screen showed a flash flood alert, but I dismissed it and glanced up at a small sliver of road through a rain-soaked windshield.
I was on my way to Georgiana, on a trip to see the museum inside Hank Williams’ boyhood home.
The rain poured and made for a gray day, but slacked when the car made a right turn onto Rose Street and came to a stop in front of a white house where a boy who became a superstar was raised.
I walked up the steps and passed Kaw-Liga, who stood by the door I opened to enter behind my mama.
When we stepped inside we were greeted by walls of pictures, memorabilia and a museum volunteer in a pink HANK hat.
She welcomed us and took our $5 admission charges before she cheerfully led us into the room she said was the best place to start our tour.
It had one of Williams suits, a hat, a hatbox, a pair of the singer’s glasses, a collection of records, a stage light from the famed Louisiana Hayride, an acoustic guitar and more.
I exited the room behind the volunteer, who left us to venture about the house as we pleased and was happy to join when we had a question.
I made my way into the room we had entered, which featured a copy of a letter Williams wrote to his mother along with pictures and other memorabilia donated to the museum from various collections.
Throughout the house I noticed posters and advertisements for Williams’ New Years Day 1953 show in Ohio.
The show never happened, because the 29-year-old star died in the back seat of his car on the way to the performance.
The legacy he left on country music is still felt today, and started on a bench inside Mount Olive West Baptist Church as his mother accompanied him on the organ.
The bench and organ are inside the museum, in a large room next to the kitchen.
There are several more rooms in the house, each filled with representations of Luke the Drifter’s legacy.
One has a large cutout of Williams on stage, along with an agreement to perform a pair of shows for $750 with the Drifting Cowboy Band in Oklahoma City at the Marquee.
The agreement was signed Oct. 5, 1952, but the shows — which were scheduled for Feb. 22, 1953 — were not to be.
The doorway to the right of where the contract hangs leads into a bedroom, which features a bed covered with a story quilt.
The quilt’s patches tell Williams’ story, which includes a love of music fostered at the white house at 127 Rose Street in Georgiana.
The museum inside Williams’ boyhood home was a good first trip of 2017, and is a good visit for all who love music, Hank or history.