Back in January I told you about the antique table that the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought from us. The good news is that the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum will have its grand opening on August 16!
My earlier post about the Mechelen oak table in the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home explained that the heavily-carved antique table is just like one that the Cash family owned. That’s why the Arkansas Heritage Sites Office bought it from EuroLux Antiques.com to go in the restored Johnny Cash house dining room.
The antique table was crafted in Belgium in around 1890 in the Flemish Renaissance style. I asked Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University, how the family came to own such an ornate and expensive table. I learned that the family remembers it was one of the few things that their mother brought with her to Dyess in 1935 and it was very old at that time.
I recently saw a show called Ring of Fire at the Newberry Opera House, which tells the life of Johnny Cash through his songs. The show mentions that the ancestral Cash family had been wealthy Southern planters until the Civil War, when their home was destroyed by Union troops and the family was set adrift. It would make sense that the table came from this Southern plantation and was one of the remaining family heirlooms.
I was also interested to learn that apparently Johnny Cash was interested in his family history. He really researched his ancestry and traced it all the way back to Scotland. I’ll tell you about that in a post on another day.
This video is fun – it takes a look around the inside of Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home. You get a quick glance of our antique table too! Look out for it in the part where they say, “Most of the furniture has to be replaced by period accurate pieces.”
The Grand Opening of the Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014. That’s the day after the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, AR. Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne Cash will speak at the opening ceremony, and so will Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash, the younger siblings of Johnny Cash and consultants for the museum.
It’s free to go to the opening ceremony but if you want to take a tour of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home too, tickets costs $10. Find all the information at this link and here is a schedule for the day.
You can read more about the fascinating background to the house and the Historic Dyess Colony at my previous post on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum. If you like the striking design of the antique table, learn more about Mechelen style antique furniture.
Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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.