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Fans will drive through a burning ring of fire to catch this new Johnny Cash attraction

Johnny Cash fans will be thrilled to discover that a new attraction centred on the singing sensation has just opened. The Storytellers Museum and Cash Hideaway Farm is located in Bon Aqua, approximately 40 miles south-west of Nashville with a population of 6348.

It is deemed a must-see for anyone interested in country music and the region’s rich history. Johnny’s daughter, Cindy Cash, has helped curators to create a special experience around her late father.

The Storytellers Museum has just opened in Tennessee. Image: Storytellers Museum
The Storytellers Museum has just opened in Tennessee. Image: Storytellers Museum

The Cash Hideaway Farm belonged to the ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ singer for over thirty years. He revealed in his 1997 autobiography that he took ownership of the 107-acre farm in the early 1970s, after discovering that his accountant had been embezzling his money and buying properties.

The Cash Hideaway Farm owned by singer Johnny Cash. Image: Storytellers Museum

Johnny called the place “the center of my universe,” and adored living in the house that was built before the Civil War by the prominent Weems family, who had ties to Scottish royalty and America’s Charles Lindbergh. Brian and Sally Oxley purchased the Cash farm for $895,000 in 2015 and began restoring it.

Johnny and June Cash and family, circa 1960s.
Johnny Cash and first wife Vivian with children Kathleen, Tara and Cindy. circa 1960s. Image: JohnnyCash.com

The Oxleys also purchased a general store down the road from the farm that was converted into a recording studio. Johnny Cash used to perform local concerts there, and visitors can see the historic “Little Stage” where the “Saturday Night in Hickman County” guitar pulls once took place.

The first Saturday Night in Hickman County performance at Storytellers Museum in Tennessee. Image: Storytellers Museum
The first Saturday Night in Hickman County performance at Storytellers Museum in Tennessee. Image: Storytellers Museum

Now called the Storytellers Museum, it contains paintings, artefacts, stained glass, handwritten lyrics from Johnny, a Cadillac inspired by his song “One Piece at a Time” and more. We reckon Cash aficionados might possibly drive through a burning ring of fire just to get to see these things in person.

Johnny Cash's cars out on the road. Image: Storytellers Museum
Johnny Cash’s cars out on the road. Image: Storytellers Museum

It is not just a museum though as live film screenings and music performances are already taking place at the Storytellers Museum, which is only a five-mile detour off of I-40 for anyone heading from Nashville to Memphis. They’re open from Tuesday to Saturday every week, and further information can be found here.

Folsom Prison, California. Image by Vince / CC BY 2.0
Folsom Prison, California. Image by Vince / CC BY 2.0 Image by Vince / CC BY 2.0