• Johnny Cash Boyhood Home
  • Entrance to Dyess Colony
  • Johnny Cash on Back Porch
  • Dyess Administration Building
  • Cash Family on Front Porch
  • Mules Plowing a Dyess Field
  • Pickin' Time - Johnny and June
  • The Dyess Theatre

We will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
(Open on Saturday during Memorial Day Weekend)

The Dyess Colony was created in 1934 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to aid in the nation’s economic recovery from the Great Depression. As a federal agricultural resettlement community, it provided a fresh start for nearly 500 impoverished Arkansas farm families, including the family of music legend Johnny Cash.

The colony has been resurrected through restoration of several historic buildings that opened  to visitors in August 2014. The Dyess Colony Administration Building houses exhibits related to establishment of the colony, lifestyles of typical colonists, and the impact that growing up in Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music. The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home is furnished as it appeared when the Cash family lived there.

Hours:  Tours begin at 9 a.m., with last tours of the day at 3 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays
Admission (includes both buildings):
$10 general admission
$8 senior rate
$8 group rate (groups of 10 or more- comp tour operator and bus driver)
$5 student rate (children 5-18 or with a university ID)
$5 field trip rate (comp all bus drivers and 1 chaperone per 10 students)
Free-children under 5 and ASU students

All tours start at the Administration Building, 110 Center Drive

Click here for an interactive timeline of the Dyess Colony including restoration efforts, and visit the interactive timeline for the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home here.

Cash Boyhood Home: Before and After


The Cash family weighs in on reactions to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home restoration, including views of the house in 2011 and 2014


Project Videos: Progress Continues


View a series of videos showing the restoration of the home; reactions of Cash family, friends, and special visitors; and ongoing progress.


Recollections by J.R. Cash: Childhood Memories of Johnny Cash


Book by Tara Cash Schwoebel, youngest daughter of Johnny Cash, has been published through Arkansas State University.


Dyess Master Plan


Development of Dyess as a heritage tourism site is guided by a long-range plan completed in 2010, with support from a number of partners. See an overview.