Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

110 Center Drive, Dyess, AR 72330 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 9:00 a.m. ‐ 3:00 p.m. (CST)




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.


In addition to our regular tours and exhibits, we are welcoming area musicians to come join us for a "Pickin' in the Circle" day. (Other presentations may be added as the date nears.)

Tours to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home leave on our shuttle from the Visitors Center on the hour, and take approximately 45 minutes. The rest of the museum exhibits are self-guided. The museum opens at 9:00 am, and the last tour departs for the house at 3:00 pm.


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