Dolly Parton does a lot more through Dollywood than many fans realize

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Dolly Parton is a dreamer. She always has been.

Growing up in a two-room Tennesssee Mountain home that would have been cozy even without 11 siblings, she famously dreamt of becoming a singer someday.

But there’s a lesser known dream she had back then, too.

“When I was growing up here in the Great Smoky Mountains, we used to come every now and then down to this area,” Parton told USA TODAY in an interview at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa in Pigeon Forge. “When it was the county fair, we’d come to town, and I used to think if I make it big, if I get rich like I was dreaming I might, that I’d love to do something special, to come back home and build a park of my own.” 

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