The home in which Johnny Cash spent his childhood years has opened to the public. The Cash family moved in to the cottage in Dyess, Arkansas, when Johnny was three years old in 1935. The Cash's home was part of an experimental colony built by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.
The Cash family worked the land as cotton farmers. At night they would gather around the piano singing gospel songs. That original piano is now on display in the refurbished home. “We’ve got everything just as it was,” said Johnny's sister Joanne Cash, 76, in an interview with the New York Times. “It took a lot of hard work. It’s been very emotional for me.” All the items in the house have been approved by Johnny's siblings Tommy and Joanne.
Fans of the late singer have been stopping by taking pictures of the dilapidated house for years, prompting the town of Dyess, in conjunction with Arkansas State University, to restore the house and open it up to the public in order to generate revenue for the town, and to share its history with the rest of the world before it is forgotten.