Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

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.

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Latitude: 35.589967 Longitude: -90.214799 Elevation: 224 ft
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Hours Open

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Time Period Represented


Seasons Open


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

Accessibility Notes

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.

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