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“Better than Graceland”
Review of Johnny Cash House

Johnny Cash House
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Dyess
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Humble. We stayed in Memphis and decided that about an hour drive to Arkansas seemed not too bad! Glad we did it. Small dirt road, only group on the tour, and rice fields (didn’t know Arkansas was the rice capital!) what the did to the home was beautiful. Not just Johnny Cash fans would enjoy

3  Thank graysonnnnn
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

What a treat to walk back in time and see the actual boyhood home of one of my biggest heroes, Johnny Cash. The plain well kept house is nicer than I thought given the times and the number of people living under one roof. The museum in the town of Dyess where you get on the bus is very well done and has some nice video and tech touches. The guides are friendly and informative. We visited Graceland and Sun Records on this trip - seeing where Johnny Cash came from was a perfect ending to this stroll down memory lane. I would highly recommend the visit.

Thank Amy T
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Taken by bus from the Dyess museum by guide, very informative and gives you loads of time to have a good look round Johnnys home and take photos. All so accurate and seeing JC in the mirror and hearing his voice is awesome.

2  Thank HiggyJay
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Less than an hour from Memphis is the childhood home of Johnny (then known as JR) Cash.... Back during the depression many farmers lost their farms and had nothing... Step in the Federal government and the WPA that established the Dyess Colony to give the families a second chance! They could purchase a 40 acre plot of land and a house already built to farm and pay back the government... At one time there were many of these houses that dotted the landscape in this planned town. You travel in a tour bus from the Welcome Center down a gravel road to the actual re-stored home the Cash family was able to secure. I had to ask the guide how, since virtually all of the homes/homesteads were now gone and how this one survived. He told us that a man moved into the house in 1971 and had lived there ever since. Call it fate or just pure dumb luck but it was falling down but the foundation was able to buy and re-store it as it appeared when JR (Johnny) and his family moved in. I know there was at least one original piece of furniture and that was his mothers piano... it is amazing to stand in the hall and to look into the very bedroom where the legend slept and probably thought and hoped for better times. If you are a music fan and ever in the Memphis or Eastern AR area you must make a point of going to see this.

Thank stumpy6896
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Wow we accidentally came across the sign for J.R.'s Childhood home, we are so glad we decided to stop, not only did they do a wonderful job restoring the house back to its original state but we learned so much about J.R. and the town of Dyess and how it came to be. Such a wonderful experience if you are near the area you must stop in.

Thank Dawnmarie O
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