I’m not sure if many people are aware that Johnny Cash’s childhood home has been restored. The surviving members of the Cash family worked closely with Arkansas State University to restore the home as it was in the 1930’s and 40’s. The family donated several historical items to the project
It’s a special place for the Cash family. Johnny’s brother Jack died there after an accident at a sawmill. The family visits occasionally and reminisces about their lives in this small house.
I’d suggest visiting if you’re traveling through the Memphis or St Louis area. It’s worth the detour. It’s not far from Jonesboro AR. I’ve been to the Cash boyhood home exhibit twice…
Johnny’s entire family played music. His mother’s piano has been donated to the restored home.
His brother Tommy is a well known producer and musician.
His sister Joanne is a Gospel singer. She’s been performing since the early 1960’s.
Heres a song she wrote & performed. She must be in her eighties now. She still sings ok. https://youtu.be/YQq7iZEcVP8
Johnny’s daughter, Rosanne has received many awards for her albums.
I have to admit that I don’t really see the interest here (and I say that as someone who respects Cash for his musical contributions even if I’m not really a fan), though that’s not specifically limited to the Cash house. Cash, as far as I’m aware, never wrote any autobiographical songs which referenced his childhood (obviously there are other autobiographical songs such as Folsom Prison Blues). ISTM this is primarily a cash grab (no pun intended) based on the popularity of Walk the Line.
To use a contrary example, Mark Twain’s childhood home in Hannibal is historically significant because some of his works include descriptions of it. So it makes sense for it to be maintained as a museum.
It’s Johnny’s culture I identify with. My dad’s father was a sharecropper for much of his life. He eventually bought his own land. He always plowed with a mule and refused to use a tractor. My dad’s childhood mirrored Johnny’s childhood. They were only five years apart in age. My dad was born in 27 and Johnny in 32. They both lived through the depression and saw older family members serve in WWII.
A lot of people’s farming roots are only one or two generations away.