Singer songwriting legend Johnny Cash’s childhood home is now considered a National Historic place and for good reason!
Cash passed away in 2013 at the age of 71. His death was a result of complication with diabetes. However, Cash’s music lives on and will for the rest of time!
Nicknamed ‘The Man In Black’, because of his legendary all black attire, cash produced hit after hit, including ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ and ‘I Walk The Line’.
Each one of Cash’s songs told a story. His lyrics were truthful and often talked about his life. His music fueled the passions of countless other musicians around the world.
This is could be credited to his humble beginnings, and his first-hand experience with poverty and loss.
Cash, who was born at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, was one of seven children in a poor Arkansas family.
When he was three years old, his family moved to Dyess, a small Arkansas town near Tennessee. They settled into a farmhouse that was built in 1934 as part of the Dyess Resettlement Colony by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration.
After Cash died, his childhood home was restored and turned into a museum.
The house served as a filming location of the 2005 biopic Walk The Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as his wife and occasional duet partner, June Carter Cash.
On May 4, 2018, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program announced that the house, which is now owned by Arkansas State University, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
“People who visit this site typically leave with the comment, ‘Now we understand where his music came from,'” said Ruth Hawkins, director of Arkansas State University’s Heritage Sites.
Here is a virtual tour of the house, just in case you are unable to make it to Arkansas!
Imagine the jam sessions Cash had on this back porch!