Fifty miles northwest of Memphis, in a Depression-era farmers colony that was once a New Deal experiment in improving people's lives, the white clapboard home where Johnny Cash learned to sing still stands. And in an effort to revive the town, the house is being restored to showcase Mr. Cash's mother's piano and sewing machine, and the place where the country singer grew up, picking cotton with his parents.
TENNESSEE - MAY 19: Musician Johnny Cash poses for a photo on May 19, 1994 in Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Grecco/Getty Images)
Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 Updated at 12:21 PM EDT
The Cash family will help raise money with a music festival next month to meet the needs of the cost, which is expected to cost $3.5 million, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The opportunity to view the home will not just give an inside peek into the home of Johnny Cash, but will also bring tourists back to a time when poor Southerners were working tiny little plots of land in the name of their own survival.
In the works: a parking lot sized for tourist buses, in a field next to the Cash home. Visitors will also be able to watch an informational movie at the theater where Mr. Cash once frequented.
Some residents doubt the project will be able to attract tourists, and only time will tell. Mr. Cash died in 2003 at the age of 71.
Read the full story on the Wall Street Journal.