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Do You Know the Famous ‘Chicken Lady’ at Dollywood?

If you’ve ever been to Dollywood, you know one of the best parts about visiting is all the delicious food! What makes the food even better is some of the entertaining characters you’ll get to meet when you dine. One of the most well known entertainers at Dollywood is Miss Lillian, also known as the “Chicken Lady.” Let us introduce you to Dollywood’s Chicken Lady and more incredible dining options at the theme park!

Meet Dollywood’s Chicken Lady

Guests know her as Miss Lillian, more commonly referred to as the one and only “Chicken Lady.” Miss Lillian is one of the most entertaining characters and started working at Dollywood in 2004. You can find her performing outside of Miss Lillian’s Smokehouse, playing her banjo and singing songs about guests who walk by. With her outgoing and humorous personality, it’s no surprise that she’s a favorite among visitors! Watch the video from Dollywood below to learn more about the Chicken Lady:

Her Life Before Dollywood

Believe it or not, Miss Lillian wasn’t always known for being Dollywood’s Chicken Lady. Her real name is Connie Freeman Prince, and she’s a successful actress, comedian, singer, writer, and entertainer. Before her career at Dollywood, Connie earned her BFA in theatre performance from Memphis State University and an apprenticeship at the Actors Theatre of Louisville Regional Theatre Company. Connie acted in everything from the Ray Stevens movie, “Get Serious,” to a variety of TV and radio commercials, but has since made her mark as the infamous Chicken Lady at Dollywood.

About Miss Lillian’s Smokehouse

A plate of crispy fried chicken.Miss Lillian’s Smokehouse is one of the most popular restaurants at Dollywood! Located in Craftsman’s Valley, Miss Lillian invites everyone to come try the all-you-can-eat buffet at her Smokehouse. Of course, you have to try her famous fried chicken while you’re there! Here are some other items you can find on the buffet:

  • Smoked roast beef
  • Carved ham
  • Smoked chicken
  • Seasonal sides (mashed potatoes and white pepper gravy, green beans, brown sugar cinnamon apples, and more)
  • Salads
  • Desserts

Other Popular Restaurants at Dollywood

reds drive in dollywood restaurantMiss Lillian’s Smokehouse isn’t the only popular restaurant at Dollywood! If you want something to enjoy on the go, stop by Miss Lillian’s BBQ Corner. Miss Lillian hand-picked a few of her favorite items for guests to enjoy to-go, like her popular BBQ pork sandwich platter! If you’re looking for a classic American meal, head to Red’s Diner. This 50s-themed diner is home to a popular bacon cheeseburger, crinkle-cut fries, and the thickest milkshakes in town. Other popular restaurants at Dollywood are Front Porch Cafe, Granny Ogle’s Ham ‘n’ Beans, and Lumber Jack’s Pizza.

Next time you’re at Dollywood, be sure to visit Craftsman’s Valley to meet Dollywood’s famous Chicken Lady, Miss Lillian! She is sure to put a smile on your face. Get your Dollywood tickets through Visit My Smokies today and receive free cancellation up to a certain date.