This is a loving restoration of a building that Johnny Cash once owned. He was the benefactor of the creation of a little stage here, and supported small intimate concerts for the community – including the “Saturday Night In Hickman County” guitar pulls.
From the 1800s, this building was a general store, next to the railroad tracks, supporting the area, and supplying goods for visitors from throughout the Southern states who were on their way to the cabins in the Bon Aqua Springs Resort.
The property was part of the acreage that the Weems family owned, until Johnny Cash’s accountant purchased the land with misappropriated funds. By that point in time, the general store had been abandoned for some time, and was quite dilapidated. Songwriter Loney Fred Hutchins, Johnny’s Song Catalog Manager, came to Johnny for permission to renovate the building and build a stage, and create a place for young musicians and songwriters. Johnny supported the project, and the general store gained new life.
One of the most significant events that took place at this location was the 20-year anniversary of Johnny Cash being in the music industry. Friends and family members gathered to celebrate Johnny’s impact on music (Footage of this event can be seen during every visit to the Museum).
In the middle 1980s, Johnny sold the Little Stage to independent record producer Red Wortham, who converted the building into his studio Sur-Speed. He owned the building until his death, at which point, the building was once again abandoned.
When Storytellers Museum owners purchased the building in 2016, it was months from collapse. Within a year, the building was restored to architectural beauty, and opened for country music fans from around the world.
Visitors will be able to experience a live musical performance at the renovated stage, and will view rare video footage about Johnny Cash at the significant historical event that happened here, along with the history of this property.
We have an extensive collection of Johnny Cash photos and memorabilia, as well as unique and rare displays from classic country legends – including the iconic One Piece At A Time car.