• Visitors Center
  • Cash Exhibit
  • Cash in Dyess
  • Cash Family
  • Living Room
  • Colony Entrance
  • Gift Shop
  • Admin Building
  • Colony Circle 1936
  • Boyhood Home
  • Boyhood Home
  • Cash Family

Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home
Holiday Closings:
December 24-27
December 31-January 1
Happy Holidays!

Note:  If you are traveling on I55 North to visit us, please use Exit 41.  If you use your GPS, it will guide you to the wrong exit.

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 the restoration of several historic buildings open to visitors. The Dyess Colony Visitors Center, located in the Colony Circle at the former site of the theatre and pop shop, is the first stop.  It includes a gift shop, orientation video, and exhibits.  The Dyess Colony Administration Building next door houses exhibits related to the establishment of the colony, lifestyles of typical colonists, and the impact that growing up in Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music. From the Colony Circle, visitors are shuttled to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, less than two miles from the Colony Center.  It is furnished as it appeared when the Cash family lived there, based on family memories.

Hours:  Tours begin at 9 a.m., with last tours of the day at 3 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays
Admission (includes all 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, ASU students, and current Dyess residents

All tours start at the Visitors Center, 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.


Johnny Cash Heritage Festival 2018

The 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival will be held October 18-20, 2017, in Dyess, Arkansas. Visit the festival website for information and updates.