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 is being resurrected through restoration of several historic buildings that will be open to visitors beginning 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. Grand Opening for this Arkansas State University Heritage Site is scheduled for August 16, 2014.
A Road Trip with Rosanne Cash
CBS Sunday Morning joins Rosanne Cash as she walks through the boyhood home of her father, Johnny Cash, currently being restored by Arkansas State University.Explore
VIP Preview Event Videos
Members of the Cash family were the first to view the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in April 2014. The Arkansas State University Heritage Site at the Dyess Colony includes the Cash home, and opens to the general public on August 16, 2014. See the family reaction to the restoration here.Explore
Johnny Cash Music Festival
Primary support for restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home is provided through an annual benefit concert. Information for the fourth annual event on August 15, 2014 is available at this companion website.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