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: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Admission is $10 and includes both buildings
All tours start at the Administration Building, 108 Center Drive
Holiday Hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
A Road Trip with Rosanne Cash
CBS Sunday Morning joins Rosanne Cash as she walks through the boyhood home of her father, Johnny Cash, during restoration by Arkansas State University.Explore
View a series of videos showing the restoration of the home and reactions of the Cash family to the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in April 2014.Explore
Recollections by J.R. Cash: Childhood Memories of Johnny Cash
Tara Cash Schwoebel, the youngest daughter of Johnny Cash, has written “Recollections by J.R. Cash: Childhood Memories of Johnny Cash,” published through Arkansas State University.Explore
Dyess Master Plan
The development of Dyess as a heritage tourism site is being guided by a comprehensive long-range plan completed in 2010, with support from a number of partners. An overview of the plan is presented here.Explore