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 the nation's largest 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 restoration of several historic buildings operated as Arkansas State University Heritage Sites. The former Dyess Colony Theatre and Pop Shop has been recreated as a Visitors Center. The Dyess Colony Administration Building houses exhibits related to establishment of the colony, lifestyles of typical colonists, and the impact that growing up in Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music. The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home has been restored and is furnished as it appeared when the Cash family lived there.
Latitude: 35.589967 Longitude: -90.214799 Elevation: 224 ft
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I serve as executive director of Arkansas Delta Byways, the tourism promotion association for the 15 counties in Eastern Arkansas. I am also Director of Arkansas State University Heritage Sites and have a deep passion for the Arkansas Delta region.
All things Delta!
Drive the entire length of the 10-state Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
Hours Open9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Time Period Represented1934-1954
Visitor Fees$10 general admission; $8 seniors and groups of 10 or more; $5 students (ages 5-18 or college ID); free for children under 5
The restored Administration Building has a handicapped ramp, fully accessible ADA-compliant restrooms, and an elevator to the second floor. The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home also has a handicapped ramp.