The lakefront property Johnny and June Carter Cash called home for more than 30 years has once again been sold – this time for $3.2 million.
The 4.5-acre property that includes four parcels along the shores of Old Hickory Lake was purchased Jan. 7 by Cristan and Tina Blackman of Hendersonville, according to a warranty deed filed Jan. 8 in the Sumner County Register of Deeds office.
The Blackmans purchased the Caudill Drive property from Lakehouse Holdings, a limited liability company owned by Texas businessman James Gresham.
“It’s such a majestic piece of property,” said Cristan Blackman, a local hedge fund manager. “My wife and I are honored to own it.”
Blackman said the couple plans to build a home on the property and reside there.
Once the site of a sprawling 14,000-square-feet home built by local builder Braxton Dixon, the gated property also featured a guard house, swimming pool, tennis court and covered boat dock. The Cashes lived in the home from the time they purchased it in 1968 until 2003 when they died within months of each other.
The home was purchased in late 2005 by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees and his wife Linda for $2.3 million. A fire destroyed the home in 2007 while renovations were underway.
Gresham bought the land in March of 2014 for $2 million.
The businessman sought a rezoning of the property six months after he bought it in order to build a high-end treatment center for those struggling with eating disorders. However, the rezoning was met with resistance from area neighbors, and Gresham withdrew his request from the city’s planning department.
Citing health issues, Gresham put the property on the market in 2016. It is currently zoned suburban residential, allowing one single-family home to be built on each of the four lots.
Blackman said he and his wife plan to build one home on the property where the couple hopes to make “lots of good memories” with their two children who live nearby, and five grandchildren.
A native of Hendersonville, Blackman says that he has fond memories of riding in his grandfather’s boat as a five or six-year-old and gazing in awe at the Cash home.
“A lot of people around here have memories of that home growing up,” he said. “It’s historically significant and we’re proud and happy to have it.”
Blackman, who currently lives about a mile from the property, said he and his wife are still in the planning stages of what their new home will look like.
“I respect the property and I respect the community,” he added.
An inductee into both the country music and rock and roll halls of fame, Johnny Cash is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He is buried alongside his wife at Hendersonville Memory Gardens not far from where the two lived. Fans from across the globe still come to the Hendersonville cemetery to pay their respects to the couple.
In March of 2019, the Tennessee Historical Commission approved a marker at the Caudill Drive property commemorating where the Cashes entertained personalities as diverse as Billy Graham and Bob Dylan. The marker is located on the guard house that still stands along Caudill Drive.