GALLATIN, TN – March 29, 2019 – Sumner County Tourism hosted a special dedication of two new Tennessee Historical Commission markers at their office located at 2310 Nashville Pike, Gallatin. The markers honor Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, as both musicians called Hendersonville home during their lifetimes.
Johnny Cash lived on Old Hickory Lake after purchasing a house from famed architect Braxton Dixon in 1968. Cash and his wife June Carter Cash were among many famed musicians, singers, and songwriters who called Caudill Drive home. Roy Orbison was a neighbor of the Cash family and Orbison tragically lost two of his sons in a house fire while he was on tour in the late 1960s. Cash later purchased the property turning it into an orchard, and promised Orbison he would protect the land in honor of Orbison’s sons.
The two new Tennessee Historical Commission markers called, “The Cash Home, and “The Orchard,” were researched and submitted for consideration to the Commission by Vanderbilt student Jennifer Bruce. Bruce reached out to several family members and friends of the Cash and Orbison families during the course of her research, many of whom were present for the dedication ceremony.
The dedication also included reminiscences from Joanne Cash Yates, sister of Johnny Cash. Yates, her husband Dr. Harry Yates, and Jennifer Bruce unveiled the Cash marker while Young and Tennessee Historical Commission Executive Director Patrick McIntyre unveiled the Orchard marker. Other officials at the dedication included Mayor Jamie Clary of Hendersonville who closed the ceremony with a few words, Mayor Paige Brown of Gallatin, and Melanie Beauchamp of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
Special recognition was paid to Marty Stuart and Connie Smith for their efforts to preserve the orchard after Cash’s death. The two were honored with a plaque that will hang next to the Commission markers on the former Cash property. Stuart also shared his own memories of Caudill Drive and the meaningful connection he has with the property.
The markers are expected to be hung sometime this spring on the fence at Cash’s former property located at 200 Caudill Drive, Hendersonville.
About Sumner County Tourism
Sumner County Tourism is a 501(c)(6) non-profit destination marketing organization that promotes and encourages tourism to and within Sumner County, Tennessee.
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