Cash Home Restoration Timeline

Birth of Johnny Cash

J.R. Cash is born in Kingsland, Cleveland County, Arkansas, to Ray Cash, a farmer, and Carrie Rivers Cash.
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Cash Family Moves to Dyess

Ray Cash brings his family to Dyess in 1935 when President Roosevelt's administration creates the Dyess Colony in Mississippi County.
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Ray Cash Purchases Farmstead

Ray Cash is offered and accepts a contract to purchase his 20.09 acre farmstead for $2,183.60.
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J. R. Cash Graduates High School

In 1950 Johnny Cash graduates from Dyess High School, in Dyess Arkansas.
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Cox Family Purchases Farmstead

Ray Cash sells his farmstead to Dewey and Elsie Cox and moves to town across the street from the Dyess hospital.
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Rankin Family Purchases Farmstead

In 1960 the former Cash home is acquired by Otto Raymond and Lucy Francis Mattix.
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Langston Family Acquires Farmstead

The house and farm is acquired Earvin and Dorothy Langston in 1963.
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Johnny Cash Returns Home

Johnny Cash, along with his sister Louise and wife June, visits his boyhood home in 1968 while taping a documentary.
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Stegall Family Purchases Home

The former Cash home is purchased by William G. and Mearl Stegall, who raise three children there.
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House Placed on Endangered List

The former Cash home is placed on the 2006 Arkansas list of Most Endangered Historic Places due to rapid deterioration.
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A-State Purchases Cash Home

Arkansas State University acquires the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home from the Stegall family.
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House is Stabilized

A-State protects the house from further damage until additional funds can be raised for restoration.
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First Johnny Cash Music Festival

Arkansas State University hosts the first Johnny Cash Music Festival at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
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80th Birthday Tribute

Family gathers in Dyess on the 80th anniversary of the birth of Johnny Cash to re-dedicate the cornerstone for the house and officially launch restoration efforts.
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A Smart Move

House is moved off its foundation temporarily to replace gumbo soil and prevent further sinking and shifting.
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Foundation Work

After replacing the soil under the Cash house, a new foundation is poured as a more permanent base.
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Interior Work Begins

Work proceeds on repairing alterations to walls and windows, stripping layers of paint, and refinishing doors.
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Back in Place

With a firm foundation in place, the house is moved back to its exact original location.
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New Roof and Porches

A new roof, with hand-dipped wooden shingles, is placed on the house, along with rebuilding the front and back porches.
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Second Johnny Cash Music Festival

The 2012 annual benefit event is held at the Convocation Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
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Exterior Completion

Authentically re-created windows, porch trim, shutters, and window boxes are installed.
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Interior Furnishings

Work begins on acquiring interior furniture and accessories to replicate what was in the home during the 1930s and 1940s.
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Third Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival

The third annual festival is held at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro,.
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CBS Crew Films at House

A CBS crew spends the day at the Cash home filming segments with Rosanne Cash for a special feature.
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State Restoration Award

Cash Boyhood Home project receives the 2013 Award for Excellence in Preservation Through Restoration.
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VIP Inspection Tour

Preview of progress for donors and Cash family members
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Fourth Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival

Headliners included Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn and Bobby Bare--hosted by Mark Lowry
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Grand Opening

Members of the Cash family were on hand for the Grand Opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home.
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