Johnny Cash in front of his Hendersonville home in 1969
By Randy Fox
Johnny Cash’s former estate is now on the market according to stories in the Nashville Tennessean and other major news outlets. While the roughly 4½-acre property, located in Hendersonville, Tennessee about 20 miles northeast of Nashville, is filled with country music legacy and history, the house that Cash shared with his wife, June Carter Cash from 1968 until their deaths in 2003 was destroyed by fire in 2007.
The iconic house that once stood on the property was built in 1967 by renowned master builder Braxton Dixon. When Cash saw the house and surrounding property he immediately fell in love with it and persuaded Dixon to sell it to him. For the next three and a half decades, the property was a retreat and home place for Cash, his family and friends, as well as becoming a crossroads for some of the most creative and unconventional members of Nashville’s music community.
After Cash’s death in 2003, the property was purchased by Barry Gibb, of the Bee Gees, and his wife, Linda. The Gibbs were in the process of restoring the house when it caught fire in April 2007. The nearly 14,000-square-foot house was destroyed with only the stone foundation and some walls left standing. A swimming pool, tennis court, garage, guard house, a covered boat dock and a small building used for storage escaped the fire. The Gibbs announced plans to rebuild, but then sold the property for $2 million in 2014 to businessman James Gresham. Gresham initially announced plans to build an eating disorder treatment center on the property, but that proposal was cancelled after objections over zoning issues.
Gresham has not announced an asking price for the property, saying that he will only sell to a buyer whose plans for the property he finds acceptable. See the video link below for an archival slideshow tour of the former “House of Cash.”
Randy Fox writes about music, the only profession that actually pays less than being a musician. His work has appeared in Vintage Rock, Record Collector, The East Nashvillian, The Journal of Country Music and many more fine publications. He can be heard every Tuesday night, 5 pm to 7 pm Central Time, on the “Hipbilly Jamboree” on radio station WXNA-FM Nashville.