Explore Johnny Cash’s Sumner County, Tennessee

February 22, 2019

While many people connect Johnny Cash to Nashville, most don’t realize that for 35 years both Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash lived outside of Nashville on picturesque Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Fans are still eager to connect with Johnny and June’s legacy, traveling to Sumner County to witness the place the famed family called home.

Visitors inquire about what Cash’s house looked like during his lifetime; the music video below was filmed in Cash’s former lake house in early 2003, just 3 months before June’s death in May and 7 months before Johnny’s death in September. The video is the public’s last glimpse into the house during Johnny and June’s lifetimes.

Johnny Cash on Old Hickory Lake

Johnny and June lived at 200 Caudill Drive in Hendersonville, Tennessee, 37075, but unfortunately the house no longer stands. It was lost to a fire in 2007 during renovations under the ownership of Barry Gibb, who is a member of the Bee Gees.

The Cash house on Old Hickory Lake was constructed in 1967 by famed architect Braxton Dixon (1921-2017). Dixon had been working on the house for himself, but Cash’s relentlessness persuaded Dixon to sell the house to Cash in 1968. The house was 13,880 square feet with 7 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, and 2 half bathrooms situated on a 4.6 acre lot. It’s unique design allowed for it to have 4 round rooms, providing maximum views of Old Hickory Lake.

Notable guests such as Marty Stuart (who was previously Johnny’s son-in-law), Billy Graham, Bob Dylan, President Jimmy Carter, President Ronald Reagan, and Vice President Al Gore are just a few famous faces who stopped by to visit with the Cash family.

It is also rumored that in 1969, musician Kris Kristofferson was so eager to grab Cash’s attention that he landed a helicopter on Cash’s property to present Cash with his demo, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.”

Although the property is fenced off today, visitors often stop to view the remnants of Johnny and June Carter Cash’s property on Caudill Drive. As of January 2019, the property was listed for sale for $3.9 million. Cash’s mother Carrie, fondly referred to as “Mama Cash,” lived across the street.

Historic markers have been placed at the Johnny and June Carter Cash property that share the stories of the Cash home as well as the significance of the orchard that was once owned by Cash’s neighbor and friend Roy Orbison of “Oh, Pretty Woman” fame. Visitors can read the signs at the property to learn more and to discover the Marty Stuart connection to the Cash property, too!

Johnny Cash's Barbecue Joint

Johnny Cash was a barbecue fan and often frequented Center Point Pit Barbecue just down the road from Johnny’s house in Hendersonville. In fact, Center Point Pit Barbecue has such rave reviews that it caught the attention of the Food Network and was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2013. You can watch Guy Fieri enjoy some eats from Center Point Pit in this video.

Visitors wanting to dine on the same barbecue and sides that Johnny Cash loved can visit Center Point Pit Barbecue at 1212 West Main Street, Hendersonville, Tennessee, 37075. Operating hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-8pm, or Sundays from 10am-3pm.

Johnny Cash Parkway

The main thoroughfare through Hendersonville is named the Johnny Cash Parkway in honor of the Man in Black! Stop by the sign, located at both end of the street, for pictures and drive along the only Johnny Cash Parkway!

Johnny & June Laid to Rest

After spending 35 years living in Sumner County, Johnny and June both passed away in 2003 and were laid to rest at Hendersonville Memory Gardens located at 353 East Main Street, Hendersonville, Tennessee, 37075. Fans of Johnny and June from all over the globe travel to Hendersonville to pay their respects to the Man in Black and the love of his life.

Upon entering Hendersonville Memory Gardens, visitors can make a left into the cemetery. A sidewalk located across from the sign reading “Faith Cremation Garden” will lead guests directly to the Cash family’s resting places.

Other Cash and Carter family members laid to rest nearby include Johnny’s parents, Ray and Carrie Cash; Johnny’s sister Reba Cash Hancock; June’s parents Ezra and Maybelle Carter; June’s sisters Anita Carter and Helen Carter; and Rosie Carter Adams, daughter of June.

Music fans will also recognize folks such as Merle Kilgore, Luther Perkins, Sheb Wooley, Bob Luman, Charles Willis, John Robert Hughey, and Ferlin Husky who are also honored at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

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