After Johnny Cash passed away in 2003 (a few months after his wife June Carter passed), his famous home in Hendersonville, TN became the “House of Cash” museum, a place for fans to come and remember. The museum was closed when the property was sold to a developer; then the house itself burned down in 2007, leaving fans with no place to remember his legacy.
Thanks to family friends Bill and Shannon Miller, that is no longer the case. This week in downtown Nashville, the couple opened the new Johnny Cash Museum to the public, drawing visitors from as far away as Ireland and Sweden, according to The Tennessean.
Shannon Miller explained to The Tennessean, “Elvis has Graceland, but there was really nothing left anymore for us. We really needed to bring it back to Tennessee. We needed to have something for all of the fans.”
The new museum contains meaningful relics from throughout Cash’s long career, as donated by numerous collectors (including Bill Miller himself). Clothes he wore in his shows, records from his collection, awards he won, photos from his childhood, tin cups from Folsom Prison, a portion of a stone wall from the original Hendersonville home, and many of Cash’s personal instruments are among the many artifacts and relics.
The Johnny Cash Museum is located at 119 Third Ave. S. in downtown Nashville. Open hours are currently 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. For more information, visit the Johnny Cash Museum website.