Johnny Cash, Dyess AR, home visited. Wilson AR. Good trip.

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Mother Daughter visit Johnny Cash Dyess AR

Johnny Cash's childhood home

We traveled for miles and miles.  Not a lot of traffic but lots and lots of farmland on either side of the road.  Neither of us had been in this part of the country before.  We were leaving Searcy AR and going to Dyess AR to visit the restored home of the Cash family.  Valerie was taking a day off to tour history with this old mom.

We traveled through several scenic small towns.  It made me think again about my blog, "The larger the tree, the older the house."  The main street (now the highway) would run through the center of the town and the yards had huge trees with nicely maintained old homes.

We detoured for lunch and visited Wilson AR, a charming small town that has English Tudor style on all the buildings.  She knows I love English Tudor so she planned well and we ate at the only restaurant in Wilson.  Great food!

Then we got to Dyess just in time to get on the tour bus (with two other guests) with a guide who took us to the house.  The trip was worth it.  We learned so much about the Dyess Colony and the Cash family.  The house, which was new at the time they moved in, had been restored to how it looked at the time with the Cash family belongings in it.

It was a great trip.  I thank Valerie for taking me.  Best of all was making me research the Dyess Colony and how it had been formed and how it operated.  If you have not gone, GO, it is worth the drive!

Thanks, Valerie, for taking me.

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Don Thompson
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I see that's about a 2 hour trip. About the same as to Memphis. 

I read Three-year-old Johnny (then known as “J.R.” or “John”) and his family moved to “Plot 266” in Dyess in 1935. Theirs was one of 500 farms that each had a small farmhouse, outhouse, smokehouse, henhouse, and a barn, as well as 20-40 acres of swampy Delta farmland that needed clearing. The life required hard work, but it kept families out of poverty.

Were they sharecroppers before acquiring the Dyess Colony house?

May 19, 2019 06:37 PM #1
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Barbara. You are not old unless you believe you are. I enjoyed this trip with you and your daughter.

May 20, 2019 04:41 AM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, the book we bought says, "The Cashes were poor, and their moves among the farms and ramshackle houses of Cleveland County did nothing to help them overcome it."  The Depression made it so difficult to live that they could not pay the poll tax (done to keep Afican Americans from voting) as discovered when research was done for their history.  I found the Dyess Colony history very interesting.

May 20, 2019 04:57 AM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Sheila, the trips are always fun.  She plans a short one every year.  We both like one or two day trips.

May 20, 2019 04:58 AM #4
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