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Real estate: Former Johnny Cash family home in Hendersonville for sale

Real estate: Former Johnny Cash family home in Hendersonville for sale

Former Johnny Cash family home in Hendersonville on market for $849,000

Bill Lewis
Special to Nashville Tennessean, USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms in Tennessee
Published 6:00 AM EDT Jun 4, 2020

The house at 185 Caudill Dr. in Hendersonville is a shrine for fans of Johnny Cash from all over the world, but owner Brian Oxley believes it also should be someone’s home.

Known as the Mama Cash Home, it was purchased in 1974 by country music legend Johnny Cash for his parents, Ray and Carrie. It is across the street from the lakefront property where Johnny and June Carter Cash lived for more than 30 years.

Oxley has placed the 3,100-square-foot Mama Cash Home, with four bedrooms and three baths, on the market for $849,000.

 “It’s a neighborhood,” not a tourist spot, “even though every day there are tourists who come down the road looking at Johnny’s place and this house,” said Oxley.

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“It’s the last place where Johnny and June lived” after failing health led them to move to the house, a one-level ranch, from their own 14,000-square-foot home, he said.

That house was purchased by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees in 2005 but was destroyed by a fire in 2007. Last January it was reported that the 4.5-acre property had been purchased for $3.2 million by Cristan and Tina Blackman of Hendersonville.

Oxley and his wife, Sally, spent more than $400,000 meticulously restoring the Mama Cash Home after purchasing it in 2014. For a while in 2018 they put the property on the market for $845,000.

The home’s price, above the typical market value of a house its size, probably narrows the field of potential buyers to someone with a deep appreciation of Johnny Cash’s life and music, said Realtor Holly Black, who has the listing.

The price includes memorabilia from Cash’s career, said Black, a Realtor with the Leipers Fork Group with Keller Williams Realty.

The surrounding neighborhood has deep connections with Nashville’s music scene. Roy Orbison and Marty Stuart both lived nearby.

“People all day long drive up and take pictures” of the Mama Cash house and Johnny’s estate, said Black.

Second Cash property for sale in Bon Aqua

The Oxleys are selling another property associated with Cash, a general store building in Bon Aqua, an unincorporated community west of Nashville in Hickman County. Cash purchased the building in the 1970s, built a stage and hosted free concerts.

After buying and restoring the building, the Oxleys created Storytellers Museum around Cash’s Little Stage.

That 2,825-square-foot building and the surrounding 3.7-acre site are on the market for $790,000. It features a 55-car parking lot, sound and lighting equipment, an outdoor stage, a gazebo and a waterfall. It is being marketed as a potential songwriter’s retreat, music studio or event venue.

The Oxleys have relocated the museum’s contents to the nearby Hideaway Farm, the antebellum house and 107-acre property that Johnny Cash used as a family retreat.

The couple have decided to concentrate their efforts on creating an event center at Hideaway Farm. They are looking for a business partner “to “help them create something really big so people will come from all over the world,” said Black.

“You could have massive concerts out there,” she said.

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