For more than three decades, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash lived on a piece of property on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville.
It’s 4.5 acres of land surrounded by stone and railroad tie fencing, with more than 1,000 feet of lakefront footage.
A Texas businessman owns the property now and put it on the market almost a year ago.
We got a tour of the property from Stan Peacock of Crye-Leike Realtors, who dressed a bit like the man in black.
“You can not put a price on this view,” says Peacock. “Wherever you look from here looking either direction all the way across all you see is just beautiful, magnificent Old Hickory Lake.”
While the property and the view are no doubt one of a kind it’s the history of the man in black that still lives on the land that makes it priceless.
In 2007 a fire destroyed the house where Johnny and June built their love story. Today much of the stonework and original beams from the house remain.
Peacock says, “You can’t put a price on that history so I’m having to put a price on the land itself”
The place is listed for $3.9 million.
The property includes a swimming pool, boat dock, tennis court, guard house, garage and an apartment, formerly a cabin that June used for her wardrobe.
“Their whole married life has been here on this property, their 35 years of just a great love story,” said Peacock.
Their love story can still be felt on this land.
“You feel like every stone could talk, of the people that have been here, of the songs that were written here, the spiritual history that was here.”
Today, their son’s name remains carved into the stairs. And Johnny’s face is carved into a tree.
Many celebrities stayed there, from former president Jimmy Carter to Bob Dylan, Billy Graham, and countless others.
“Once it comes under contract and it’s gone, we will probably never see this again. It will be closed up with someone building a dream home or it will be developed with multi-million dollar homes”
When the place is sold, the details of life will likely disappear, but the stories about Johnny and June, their love and their music will always remain.