Grand Opening: Historic Dyess Colony-Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash

The opening for Arkansas State University’s newest Heritage Site is set for Saturday, Aug. 16, and gets underway with a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Dyess Colony Administration Building. The ceremony itself is free and open to the public and features special remarks by the Cash family. It will be followed by concessions, free entertainment, and complimentary access to Administration Building exhibits from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits are related to establishment of the Dyess colony, lifestyles of typical colonists, and the impact that growing up in Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music.

Timed tours of the Cash Boyhood Home will be offered on the hour, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $10 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Arkansas State University Box Office in the lower Red Entrance of the Convocation Center. Box Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To purchase tickets, buyers may go online to or call (870) 972-2781. There is also a toll free number, 888-278-3267. The total number of tickets is limited to 500 for opening day.

Parking for those who hold tickets to the Cash Boyhood Home will be available at the house, 4791 W. County Road 924. A shuttle also will be available from the Dyess Administration Building for ticket-holders.