If you've ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of Johnny Cash, the Storytellers Museum and Cash Hideaway Farm in Bon Aqua, Tenn. is a great place to start. The land that Cash referred to as a sanctuary was restored and opened to the public in 2016 and it's the perfect getaway for fans of the Man in Black.
Saturday Night in Hickman County
Cash bought the property in the early 1970s. He fell in love with the quaint 107-acre farm. Soon after he began holding weekly concerts at the nearby general store, billed as "Saturday Night in Hickman County." The Saturday night gigs were a smash hit among locals, many of whom couldn't afford to attend larger concerts in nearby Nashville.
Cash spent over 30 years on his beloved farm. But by 2015, the property sat vacant and was in need of repair. Cash superfans Brian and Sally Oxley bought the land for $895,000 and set to work restoring it to its original glory. The Oxley's even purchased the former general store where Cash once held his weekly concerts and Red Wortham converted into a recording studio. The Oxleys teamed up with the Cash family, collaborating with Johnny's daughter Cindy Cash to establish the Storytellers Museum.
Located between Nashville and Memphis, the farm and museum have already attracted country music icons, such as as Marty Stuart.
The Storytellers Museum features Cash's handwritten song lyrics, letters, artifacts, guitars and a Cadillac inspired by Cash's song "One Piece at a Time"
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Going back in time when I was a little girl growing up half the world away from this car and Johnny Cash. But music crosses all borders and travels all distances - as I too grew up with his songs 🙂 Had a great time visiting his Hideaway Farm and the new owners who have a beautiful vision for the future of it. I even sang on the "Little Stage" where Johnny sang too... #onepieceatatime #johnnycash #storytellers #beautifultn #music
The Storytellers Museum also hosts live performances from singer-songwriters, carrying on Cash's tradition of regular community guitar pulls.
The video below gives an inside look at the museum and farm.
The Storytellers Museum and Cash Hideaway Farm are open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information on hours and prices, visit here.