Storytellers Museum and Farm, the former ranch of country legend Johnny Cash, has officially opened to the public. The 107-acre farm, located in Bon Aqua, Tenn., belonged to Cash for over thirty years. This new southern treasure, which sits about 40 miles southwest of Nashville, opened in July of this year.
The land was purchased by Brian and Sally Oxley in 2015 for $895,000, according to The Tennessean. The couple then made it their mission to share the rich history of the farm with the public. In addition to the farm, the Oxleys also purchased an old general store that was down the street.
The store has since been converted into a museum. According to the organization’s official website, Cash used the store for local concerts and referred to the farm as the “center of his universe.” Johnny’s daughter, Cindy, helped curators create the museum. Inside, artifacts include guitars, personal possessions and even the black Mercedes Benz Johnny drove at the end of his life.
So, why was this Tennessee ranch so special to Mr. Cash? “Just the usual routine beauty. No spectacles. And yet it was this very element of common place beauty that made Bon Aqua so special to him,” the museum stated on its Facebook page. The farm was a place that Johnny could go to retreat from hectic life on the road.
“I can feel his presence here so strongly,” Cash’s daughter Cindy told The Tennessean. “Dad would have loved this.”
Johnny Cash loved the ranch, which means his fans are sure to as well. Also, the venue will host live music on a daily basis. A few members of the Cash family are showing their support for this new tourist attraction by becoming resident musical artists.
The museum and farm are open Wednesday through Saturday and adult admission is $19. For hours, visit the museum’s website.