Ever since the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought an antique table from us, it’s been great to follow the progress of the house restoration. My first blog post about the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum described the history of the table and of the Dyess Colony. The Cash family moved there in 1935 as part of a New Deal experiment and they worked hard on the land to pay back their debt to the government.
My second blog post about the opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home includes a quick video tour around the inside of the restored house. You get a glimpse of our 1890 antique Mechelen table too! Johnny’s siblings Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash remember having a table just like this in their childhood home. That blog post also explained how the family might have come to own such a valuable antique Mechelen table.
Now the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home has opened, it is getting rave reviews!
“If Dad walked into the house today, he would have been overcome,” said Johnny’s eldest daughter Rosanne Cash in a Billboard.com article. She praised the fact that the house is “completely restored to a most meticulous and historic detail, because my Aunt Joanne and Uncle Tom have such great memories. They remember everything from the pots and pans, the curtains, and the linoleum on the floor.”
Johnny Cash was very interested in his family history going back even further than his childhood. The country music star researched his ancestry and traced it all the way back to Scotland. The man who wrote “King of the Hill” discovered that he was related to a real king: King Malcolm IV of Scotland.
In the year 1160, Malcolm IV’s niece – who was named either Cash or Cashel – married the Earl of Fife. Johnny learned that many roads and farms in Fife still carried the Cash name, and he visited to see for himself. He even recorded a Christmas special show there in 1981. You can imagine how surprised the local Scottish people were to see legendary Johnny Cash wandering around their town along with singer Andy Williams!
Fife also had a big linoleum industry, prompting the Scottish newspaper The Daily Record to make the joke that Cash’s hit song I Walk the Line should be renamed I Walk the Lino!
You can find out how to visit the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas at this link. Don’t forget to admire our antique table in the family dining room!
Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Aimee on Google+ Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.