Johnny Cash was and continues to be revered as one of 20th century’s most influential music artists.  “The Man in Black”  sold over 80M copies of music that touched on themes of sorrow, moral tabulation and redemption.  His life was filled with peak highs and lows, something to which his fans around the world could relate.

The lakeside property in Henderson, TN that Cash and his wife, June Carter, built and enjoyed for 35 years prior to Cash’s death in 2003, has a parallel story line.  Once filled with music, happiness, beauty and too many to count legends (Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson,  Al Gore, Willie Nelson, etc.) while Cash and Carter were there,  a freakish accidental fire broke out while being renovated by its new owner, Bee Gee’s Barry Gibb, in 2007 and burned the main house to its stone foundation..

In 2014, Stan Gresham, a Texas businessman, bought the property with the intention of creating an eating disorder facility. The neighbors of the property and fans around the world registered a public outcry and Gresham shelved his idea. He’s now hoping to sell this historically significant  property to “…a new owner who would be some person that is a huge Johnny Cash fan…”

The lake house before it was caught on fire in Tennessee.

Stan Peacock, the listing agent with Crye-Leike in Henderson, says that Gresham is “…very particular about who gets this property.  He wants someone who will keep the legend alive.”  Peacock says they’ve already turned down multiple offers from developers who want to subdivide the property but “…we don’t want Johnny Cash condominiums…that would be pitiful.”

Listed for $3.95M, this 4.5 acre piece just north of Nashville includes a renovated guest house/apartment with one bedroom and one bathroom which June Carter used as a wardrobe closet, a covered boat dock, a guard house, pool and two car garage.  It does not include the 14,000 sq. ft. main house that was burned in the ’07 fire.  The property boasts more than 350 feet of unobstructed views of Tennessee’s picturesque Old Hickory Lake.

The property was featured in Cash’s iconic “Hurt” video and the film, “Walk the Line.”