Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Visitor Center Opens in Arkansas

Posted on August 18, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

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The childhood home of the late country legend Johnny Cash officially opened as part of a museum and visitor’s center in Dyess, Arkansas, this week, following a five-year restoration project that returned the home to its look and feel from when the Cash family lived there as part of the Dyess Colony from 1935 to 1954.

The re-establishing of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, partly funded through proceeds raised from the annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, is part of a broader Arkansas State University project to restore several buildings of the Dyess Colony, a New Deal-era agricultural resettlement community established in 1934 to provide workable land for subsistence farmers during the Great Depression.

The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home includes original artifacts from the Cash family—including mother Carrie’s piano and father Ray’s shaving mug, as well as period-era furnishings and objects based on family photos and recollections from Cash siblings Tommy and Joanne.

Along with the Cash family home, the Dyess Colony Administration Building houses exhibits related to the establishment of the colony, and the lifestyles of typical colonists—as well as the impact that growing up in Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music. Such Cash songs as “Pickin’ Time” and “Five Feet High and Rising” recall the singer’s boyhood in Dyess.

The Dyess Theatre, which first opened in 1947, is also being rebuilt and will feature exhibits and screen films about Dyess and Johnny Cash.

For more information on the Cash-Dyess restoration, click here.

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