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Visitors’ Guide


West Tennessee Farmers’ Market Find quality vegetables, baked goods, plants, fish, beef, lamb, milk and more at a reasonable price. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 731.425.8308 91 New Market Street Jackson, TN

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From Civil War cannons to baseballs and fiddles, from barbecue festivals to wineries, from dinosaurs to giraffes and heroes — you’ll find it right here in Jackson and West Tennessee. We offer an array of attractions and activities for the whole family. So, we invite you to stop by, stay awhile and explore. We’re right on I-40, on your way to everywhere.

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Shannon Street MusicFest, Downtown Jackson


MUSIC Can you hear it? It’s the beat you only find halfway between Memphis’ Beale Street and Nashville’s Broadway. Jackson is where Elvis cut his teeth with Carl Perkins and rock-a-billy was born. Blues music flowed throughout the cotton fields of the region, and today’s talent is an exciting cross between the numerous genres of the region.






Jackson Amphitheater

91 New Market St. s This new venue next to the West Tennessee Farmer’s Market hosts free concerts by local artists. Head downtown and listen to a variety of genres, including jazz, blues and rock-a-billy music.

Casey Jones Village

30 Casey Jones Lane 731.668.1223 s The Jackson Area Plectral Society holds a free jam session of old-time music from 6-9pm every Thursday. Visitors are welcome.

International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame

105 N. Church St. 731.427.6262 s Discover rock ‘n’ roll history and learn about artists and personalities who pioneered this unique American music genre. The museum offers displays, an extensive video library and memorabilia from many artists, including Jackson’s own Carl Perkins, a rock-a-billy pioneer. It’s a one of a kind experience for the rock-a-billy music fan. Hours are 10am5pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-2pm Friday and Saturday.

West Tennessee Cultural Heritage Center

428 E. Main St. s 731.265.9800

View the collection of civil rights memorabilia, old radios and photos of the museum’s owners – James E. Wolf and his wife, soul singer Denise LaSalle – with celebrities. Immerse yourself in the rich history of West Tennessee. The center is open by appointment only.

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John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson’s Grave

Blairs Chapel C.M.E. Cemetery Blairs Chapel Road John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson was the first great blues harmonica player — easily one of the most important of the pre-war era. He made the harmonica a worthy lead instrument and opened the door for many famous players, such as Little Walter, Billy Boy Arnold and Junior Wells. He died in 1948 after a brutal attack, muttering the words, “Lord, have mercy on me,” which would become popular blues lyrics.

The Ned

314 E. Main St. s Jackson

731.425.8397 s Attached to Jackson’s former City Hall, The Ned is the center of arts attractions in downtown Jackson. You’ll find art shows, Jackson Theatre Guild productions (above) and performers from across the country. Check the city’s website for upcoming attractions. Open 9am-4pm weekdays and for performances.


Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center

191 Court Square s Huntingdon 731.986.2100 s See you at The Dixie! The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center, located in Huntingdon’s historic business district, features concerts and theatrical performances throughout the year. Open for performances.

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Latta Visitors and Cultural Arts Center

205 W. Court Ave. s Selmer 731.439.2891 s The Latta building is a local landmark that boasts a 200-seat theater, meeting spaces, art gallery and a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. Visitors will find music exhibits along with concerts and theatrical performances. The center is open 9am-4:30pm weekdays.

West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center

121 Sunny Hill Cove s Brownsville 731.779.9000 s This regional museum offers visitors the opportunity to view rock star Tina Turner’s grade school, Flagg Grove School, and the home of Sleepy John Estes. Turner grew up in the small community of Nutbush, northwest of Brownsville. While you’re at the Delta Heritage Center, you’ll also learn why the highway between Memphis and Nashville is known as the Music Highway, and you’ll see artifacts from legends like Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday.

Did you know? Carl Perkins wrote the rock-a-billy anthem “Blue Suede Shoes” in 1955. Johnny Cash first planted the topic in Carl’s head when they were doing a show together in Armory, Mississippi. A few nights later, Perkins was playing in Jackson, Tennessee, when he saw a dancer trying to keep his girlfriend from stepping on his blue suede shoes. At 3 a.m. that night, he woke up with an idea for the song, went downstairs and wrote the lyrics in pencil on an empty potato bag. “Blue Suede Shoes” is considered one of the first rock ’n’ roll records that incorporated elements of blues, country and pop.


HISTORY & CIVIL WAR We’re still uncovering the many stories that tell about the history of Jackson and West Tennessee. From prehistoric Pinson Mounds to the famous Civil War battle at Shiloh National Military Park, we are proud of our rich history.


u Battle of Britton’s Lane 280 Britton Lane s Denmark 731.989.7944 s Confederate and Yankee soldiers clashed on Sept. 1, 1862, by a quiet country road in southwest Madison County. Thousands of soldiers died in a fierce four-hour battle. Many of them were from Madison County, sacrificing their lives fewer than 10 miles from their homes.

u Bemis Mill Village Museum 2 N. Missouri St. s Jackson 731.424.0739 s Bemis is a historic cotton-mill town established in the early 1900s. The Bemis Mill Village Museum in the former Bemis Auditorium features an elegant and sophisticated Beaux Arts architectural design. It was built in 1922 to be the focus of cultural life in the model company town. Open by appointment. u The Carnegie Center for Art & History 305 E. College St.s Jackson 731.410.8621 s View the Road to Shiloh Civil War exhibit and explore the major battles of West Tennessee. Admission is free. Originally built in 1903, the Carnegie Center is also one of Jackson’s premier gathering spaces and hosts a variety of events, such as weddings, receptions, performances, art shows and fashion shows. Open by appointment.

Parker’s Crossroads Civil War Battlefield

Photo credit: National Park Service

Shiloh National Military Park



u Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum 30 Casey Jones Lane s Jackson 731.668.1222 s All aboard! The museum celebrates the life and sacrifice made by the iconic railroad engineer who became an international celebrity after his death in 1900. Casey Jones slowed his train as much as possible as it barreled toward another train stalled on the tracks near Vaughan, Miss. The impact killed him, but the heroic feat saved all his passengers. The museum is open daily from 9am-5pm. u Denmark Presbyterian Church 2799 Denmark Jackson Rd. s Denmark 731.425.8333 s Built by slaves in 1854, the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Tennessee Trail. It was originally home to Masonic Lodge No. 154, which occupied the building’s second story. The church is being restored and will eventually house a museum. u Electro Chalybeate Well 604 S. Royal St. s Jackson Thousands visited this artesian well in the early 1900s to drink its mineral water believed to cure internal ailments. Built in 1885, it was once part of a 54-acre park that also included a zoo, large goldfish and lily pond, bandstand, children’s playground and popcorn stand. The park is gone, but the water from the well still flows.

11 u N. C. & St. L. Depot Railroad Museum 582 S. Royal St. s Jackson 731.425.8223 s Built in 1907, the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis depot is a restored brick structure that houses a museum of local railroad history. The collection includes photographs, artifacts and memorabilia, and it serves as a lasting tribute to the impact of railroads on the growth of Jackson and Madison County. Visitors also can find a 1947 F.E.C. dining car and two cabooses, as well as an elaborate working “HO” scale model railroad with more than 500 feet of track and four running trains. The museum is open 10am-3pm Monday-Saturday or by appointment. u Pinson Mounds 460 Ozier Rd. s Pinson 731.988.5614 s Encompassing more than 1,200 acres, prehistoric Pinson Mounds is the largest Native American Middle Woodland Period complex in the United States. The park includes hiking trails, picnic facilities and a 4,500square-foot museum designed to replicate a Native American mound. Park trails and shelters are open daily from 7am to sunset. The museum is open daily from 8am-4:30pm. Between Nov. 1 and March 15, the museum is open 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. u Salem Cemetery and Battleground Cotton Grove Road 731.425.8333 s Formally established in 1825, the cemetery has been in use since about 1800. Fifty acres of virgin land were donated by the Woolfork family for use as a public park, campground and cemetery. Originally, a heavy iron fence that was partially destroyed during a battle fought here in December 1862 enclosed the cemetery. Pieces of this fence are frequently found just after rain washes away the topsoil. u West Bemis Elementary School (Rosenwald) 324 Second St. s Jackson s 731.425.8333 West Bemis Elementary is believed to be the oldest Rosenwald School — built primarily for the education of African-Americans — in Tennessee. It was built in 1916 to serve the families of the Bemis Mill Co. cotton mill town.


REGION u Battle of Trenton Driving Tour and Gibson County


295 N. College St. s Trenton Take a self-guided tour through Trenton’s historic downtown and learn about key locations of the Civil War Battle of Trenton on Dec. 20, 1862. Along the way, visit Court Square and the historic Gibson County Courthouse, which was built in 1899 and features a clock tower and hanging bell. Driving tour maps are available at city hall. u




Beech River Heritage Museum

26 S. Broad Street s Lexington 731.967.0306 The museum chronicles the history of Henderson County. Visitors can find displays of geology, native inhabitants, early settlers and wars. A reconstructed log cabin also is inside. The museum is open from 10am3pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Fort Pillow State Historic Park 3122 Park Rd. 731.738.5581 s Located on the western edge of Tennessee, off Highway 207 in Lauderdale County, the park is rich in historic and archaeological significance. Steep bluffs overlook the Mississippi River, which made this area a strategic location during the Civil War. The park’s museum, which offers artifacts and interpretive displays, is open from 8am-4pm. Gordon Browning Museum 640 N. Main St. s McKenzie 731.352.3510 s Named in honor of two-time Tennessee Gov. Gordon Browning, the museum contains documents, images and artifacts that represent the history and culture of Carroll County. Visitors also can find numerous papers, photographs and personal effects from the former governor. Information about his military service is housed here, including when he was military governor of Belgium and Luxembourg. Hours are 9am4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Cherry Mansion

265 Main St. s Savannah 731.607.2753 s Built around 1830, the Cherry Mansion sits on the banks of the Tennessee River and served as headquarters for General Ulysses S. Grant during the spring of 1862. Call for tour reservations.

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College Hill Center

127 N. Grand Ave. s Brownsville 731.772.4883 s Built in 1850, Historic College Hill Center is one of Haywood County’s oldest buildings. It houses three museums: the Haywood County Museum, Haywood County Sports Museum and the Felsenthal Lincoln Collection, which consists of priceless artifacts, artwork and Civil War items associated with America’s 16th president. Seasonal hours.

u Davy Crockett Home 219 N. Trenton St. s Rutherford 731.665.7166 s 731.665.7253 s Welcome to Rutherford, last home of the legendary Davy Crockett. At the Davy Crockett Cabin Museum, visitors will find furniture, tools and artifacts from the early 1800s, as well as his mother’s grave. Restored from the timbers of Crockett’s last home, where he lived from 1822 to 1835, the museum provides wonderful insight into the life of one of America’s great heroes. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, and during Davy Crockett Days in October, the museum is open 9am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4:30pm Sunday. During the rest of the year, the museum is open by appointment.

Did you know? Davy Crockett, who died in battle at the Alamo in Texas, first had a political career in West Tennessee. He was elected to three, two-year terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In his second term, he voted against President Andrew Jackson’s 1830 Indian Removal Act. After he lost re-election to Adam Huntsman, he decided to move to Texas and later bring the rest of his family. From the Madison County Courthouse steps, in Jackson, he supposedly told his former constituents that they might go to hell, but he was going to Texas.


Visitors walk from the Alex Haley Museum to the home where the “Roots” author grew up.

u Alex Haley Museum 200 S. Church St. s Henning 731.738.2240 s The museum features a comprehensive collection that represents the life and achievements of renowned author Alex Haley. Visitors can purchase Alex Haley’s books and other souvenirs. The museum is open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday by appointment. u Parker’s Crossroads Civil War Battlefield 20945 Hwy. 22 N. s Parker’s Crossroads 731.968.1191 s On Dec. 31, 1862, two federal brigades commanded by General Jeremiah C. Sullivan engaged forces commanded by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Today, Parker’s Crossroads features a visitors center and offers self-guided tours along paved walking trails with wayside exhibits that explain the battle. The visitors center is open daily from 9am-4:30pm.

15 u Buford Pusser Home and Museum 342 Pusser St. s Adamsville 731.632.4080 s The late McNairy County sheriff was made famous through “Walking Tall” movies —major motion pictures that portrayed his life and tragic death. The modest brick ranch home contains the original furnishings, photos, cars, guns and memorabilia of the Pusser family. Summer hours, May 1 to Aug. 31, are 10am-5pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday. The museum remains open during the rest of the year, but opening hours and days of the week change with the season. u Shiloh National Military Park 1055 Pittsburg Landing Rd. s Shiloh 731.689.5696 s In early April 1862, a bloody battle near Shiloh Church and Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River claimed 23,000 casualties. It was the largest Civil War engagement in the Mississippi Valley. Today, the 4,200acre park features a wide array of landmarks, monuments, historic sites and exhibits. Photo credit: National Park Service The park is open daily from dawn until dusk. The visitors center, bookstore and Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center are open daily from 8am-5pm. u Tennessee River Museum 495 Main St. s Savannah 731.925.2364 s From Muscle Shoals to Paducah, and from dinosaurs to the Tennessee Valley Authority, the museum features a comprehensive history of the lower Tennessee River. Visitors also can learn about bloody Civil War battles and the Native-American cultures that once inhabited the area. Hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday. u West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center 121 Sunny Hill Cove s Brownsville 731.779.9000 s The center is a tribute to this region’s musical heritage. Read more on page 7.


Discovery Park of America, Union City


ATTRACTIONS Don't let the small-town atmosphere of West Tennessee and all of our Southern charm fool you; there are tons of places to visit and things to do for the whole family!


Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store


Casey Jones Mini Golf


56 Casey Jones Lane s Jackson 800.748.9588 s Thousands of antiques adorn the walls, hang from the ceiling and surround visitors. Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store is a step back in time to the 1890s. The store is connected to one of Jackson’s most popular restaurants that features authentic Southern cuisine. 48 Casey Jones Lane s Jackson 731.343.2227 s Enjoy a game of miniature golf in the historic Casey Jones Village. Featuring two 18-hole miniature courses, Casey Jones Mini Golf has become a West Tennessee family tradition. Hours are 10am-9pm MondaySaturday and 1-6pm Sunday.

Casey Jones Village

56 Casey Jones Lane s Jackson s Casey Jones Village, with its unique shops and attractions, is a perfect spot to pull off Interstate 40 and rest for a spell. The cornerstones of the Village are Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store (above) and the Casey Jones Museum (page 10). You’ll also find the work of local artists at Art in the Village, a chapel and the historic Providence House.


Century Farm Winery

1548 Lower Brownsville Rd. s Jackson 731.424.7437 s Tour the winery, sample a variety of wine, and, for the aspiring wine maker, choose from West Tennessee’s largest selection of hobby winemaking supplies. Hours are 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 1-6pm on Sunday. From Jan. 1 to Daylight Saving Time in March, the winery closes daily at 5pm.



Donnell Century Farm


Downtown Jackson


Fun Zone


Greyhound Bus Station

3720 U.S. 70 E. s Jackson 731.424.4526 s Explore more than 40 attractions for all ages. Enjoy hayrides, barnyard animals, pig races, mega slides, a 100-year-old barn, an authentic hen house and more. Enjoy the Challenging Corn Maze in the fall or the Easter egg hunt in the spring. Call for hours.

731.427.7573 s Grab a meal at one of the business and entertainment district’s many restaurants, or enjoy a night out on the town. Listen to live jazz, blues or rock-a-billy music. Explore Jackson Walk and the West TN Farmer’s Market. Jackson’s downtown has a lot to offer.

130 Allen Woods Lane s Three Way 731.784.8400 s West Tennessee’s premier indoor inflatable party center is an exciting 13,200-square-foot, family-oriented, indoor jump facility. Enjoy a funfilled and safe environment where children can jump, bounce, slide and climb all year round. Open jump hours are 9-11am and 5:30-7:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12pm on Friday, and 9-11am on Saturday. 407 E. Main St.s Jackson s 731.427.1573 This operational Greyhound station and downtown Jackson landmark is an excellent example of early art-deco architecture. Its unique facade makes it a popular locale for photographers.

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Jackson Bowling and Skating Family Fun Center


Rusty’s TV and Movie Car Museum


Sky Zone

59 Bowling Drive s Jackson 731.668.2695 s The Family Fun Center features bowling, skating, arcades, mini golf, laser tag, a virtual roller coaster, bumper cars, go-karts, food and drinks. The Coco Bay Karaoke bar next door has become the area’s leading karaoke locale with frequent contests and special events. Bowling hours are 1-10pm Monday, 10am-10pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-midnight Wednesday, 10am-3am Friday and Saturday, and 12-10pm Sunday. 323 Hollywood Drive s Jackson 731.267.5881 s Find more than 25 cars that have been used in movies and television along with memorabilia. Many of the cars are the actual cars filmed for the screen and can be seen only in Jackson. The museum is open 9am-5pm Friday-Sunday and by appointment Monday-Thursday.

65 East Park Square s Jackson 731.868.4418 Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, brings unmatched and high-flying fun on an all-trampoline, walled playing court to visitors of all ages. Sky Zone offers open jump, a Foam Zone, Sky Robics fitness classes, Sky Slam, ultimate volleyball and 3-D dodge ball. Hours are 3-8pm Tuesday-Thursday, 12-11pm Friday, 10am-11pm Saturday and 11am- 7pm Sunday.



West Tennessee Research and Education Center’s Botanical Gardens

605 Airways Blvd. s Jackson 731.424.1643 s The University of Tennessee Gardens in Jackson, along with gardens in Knoxville and Crossville, are the official botanical gardens of Tennessee. The Jackson site includes a kitchen garden, a low-maintenance fruit demonstration orchard, annual and perennial displays, an All-American Selection display, heat tolerant and a witch-hazel (Hamamelis) and redbud (Cercis) collection, a conifer reference garden and a no-spray rose research garden. The Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show in July and the Pumpkin Harvest Display each fall draw thousands of visitors. The gardens are located around the office building. Visitors are welcome during daylight hours all year long.


West Tennessee Farmer’s Market

91 New Market St. s Jackson 731.425.8308 s The farmer’s market is a place to get quality vegetables, wonderful baked goods, plants, fish, beef, lamb, milk and more at a good price. Grab a burger or barbecue from the grill and shop with local crafters. Enjoy special events, including live music. Hours are 7am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday.

Nell Huntspon Flower Box Visit us for the best flower arrangements and gifts in Jackson! Our professional florists will find the perfect flowers for any occasion.

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Crown Winery


Discovery Park of America

3638 E. Mitchell St. s Humboldt 731.784.8100 s On a hillside in Gibson County, Crown Winery’s vineyards create a stunning backdrop to an elegant Tuscan-style villa. Enjoy tastings, browse the gift shop and pottery studio, and bring home some of the region’s finest wine. The winery is open 11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday and 12-5pm Sunday. The winery also is open 7-10pm April-September. Call for Saturday hours as the winery often is closed to the public for weddings and special events.

830 Everett Blvd. s Union City 731.885.5455 s Discovery Park of America, which opened in November 2013, is West Tennessee’s newest attraction. The 50-acre complex offers visitors a world-class educational and entertainment experience with indoor and outdoor exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history and art. The centerpiece of Discovery Park is Discovery Center, a 100,000square-foot building showcasing 10 exhibit galleries that include a theater simulation of the 1811-12 earthquakes that shaped the land in this region and a planetary tour in the starship theater. It also features a 20,000-gallon aquarium revealing the underwater life of Reelfoot Lake, a 60-foot replica of a human body with a 30-foot slide, dinosaurs, fossils, Native American artifacts, military equipment, vintage automobiles and dozens more hands-on experiences for children. Outdoor attractions include The Settlement with buildings and landscapes to represent a typical early 1800s small community, a replica of an 1800s train station and a replica of the Liberty Bell. Discovery Park of America is open 10am-5pm daily except Mondays and major holidays. In winter, closing time moves to 4pm.

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Falcon Ridge Farm


Green Frog Village

22630 Hwy. 18 s Toone 731.658.5200 s Nestled on 240 acres of picturesque rolling hills, gardens and green pasture, Falcon Ridge Farm offers an old-fashioned day on a familyowned working farm. Visitors can enjoy strawberry or pumpkin picking, horseback riding, baby goat-petting and more. Highlights include a catfish pond, petting zoo, playground, corn box and hay fort. Seasonal hours. Call ahead.

15 Green Frog Lane s Alamo 731.663.3319 s Green Frog, Tennessee, is a Southern historic village with several attractions, including the Cotton Museum of the South, Delaney Farmstead and the antique print shop Green Frog Press. Other attractions include a chapel built before 1900, a 1920s one-room schoolhouse, botanical gardens and a railroad station. The museum is open from 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday.

Crown Winery Opening hours: 11 – 6 Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 5 Sunday Closed Monday Open by appointment only in January & February 3638 E. Mitchell St. / Hwy E. 152 Humboldt, TN 731.784.8100

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Herbie Town




Stanton Cannery


Stillwaters Farm


Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Farm

778 Humboldt-Gibson Wells Rd. s Humboldt s 731.559.4661 Step back in time and visit a town on the old frontier. This off-thebeaten-path destination features replica buildings reminiscent of the Wild West, including the Wagon Wheel Hotel & Saloon, a church, stables and blacksmith shop. Hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday and Friday and Saturday by appointment. 1 Mindfield Alley Brownsville The Mindfield, a massive network of steel artwork off Main Street, is the creation and life’s work of Brownsville artist Billy Tripp. He began the structure in 1989, and it will continue to evolve until his death, at which point it will become the site of his interment.

4 S. Main St. s Stanton s 731.548.6222 Established in 1973, the Stanton Cannery is a place for residents to can their vegetables, fruits and meats. It originally opened to encourage low-income families to raise gardens and can their excess for later consumption in an effort to stretch the benefits of food stamps. The cannery is open from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. 375 Oak Grove Lane s Henderson 731.989.4251 s The agritourism venue features a nature preserve, the Cottage Farm Stay for people wishing to visit for a few days and a store with handcrafted products made right on the farm. Open by appointment only. 255 Marina Rd. s Camden 731.584.7880 s Witness a remarkable iridescent product of nature as the freshwater pearl — Tennessee’s official state gem — emerges from the indigenous washboard mussel. The farm is the only freshwater pearlculturing operation in North America. The museum is open 8am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 1-4pm Sunday.

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Tennessee Safari Park

637 Conley Rd. s Alamo 731.696.4423 Get a close-up view of 400 animals from 80 different species around the world at the Tennessee Safari Park. The zoo and park reside in an operational century farm that began as a land grant from President Andrew Jackson. The park opens at 10am Monday-Saturday and at noon Sunday. The last car is let in each day at 4:30pm.


Trenton Teapot Museum


West Tennessee Agricultural Museum


West Tennessee Regional Art Center

309 S. College St. s Trenton 731.855.2013 s The museum is recognized as the world’s largest collection of porcelain Veilleuses-Theieres. The teapots on display are dated from 1750 to 1860 and were purchased by Dr. Frederick Freed from all over the world. Open 24 hours a day. You’ll find a key to the exhibit at the police department, which is in the same building.

3 Ledbetter Gate Rd. s Milan 731.686.8067 s Steeped in the rich history of its region, the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum presents life-size displays that depict the everyday challenges settlers faced opening a new territory. The museum is open 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. 1200 E. Main St. s Humboldt 731.784.1787 s The West Tennessee Regional Art Center is the only permanent fine arts museum in the region. In opened in 1994 in the restored Humboldt City Hall building and today houses the Caldwell Collection, the Ewers Collection and the Lois and Wallis Jones Boehm Porcelain Collection. It also hosts art exhibitions. Hours are 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday and on Saturday by group reservation.


ARTS & CULTURE The variety of arts, theater and music may surprise you, but Jackson has a long history as the entertainment center of West Tennessee. A growing number of students and professionals keep it vibrant. Whether it’s theater, a musical performance or ballet, find out what’s going on during your stay in Jackson by visiting the events calendar at


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SPORTS & OUTDOORS Catch a game at the ballpark to see the Seattle Mariners’ Double-A affiliate, Jackson Generals. Go exploring in one of our many local and state parks encompassing thousands of acres. Whether it’s baseball, camping, fishing or hiking, you’ll find something for the entire family in Jackson and West Tennessee.

MADISON COUNTY City and county parks provide active and passive recreation, athletics and cultural enhancement for all ages, interests and levels of ability. Overall, our city and county recreation and parks department staffs maintain more than 30 parks, recreation and community centers, and historic sites. For more information, visit or u

Bent Tree Golf Club


Cypress Grove Nature Park


Lake Graham

2993 Paul Coffman Drive s Jackson 731.868.1840 Designed by Randy Wilson, Bent Tree is a wonderful experience for golfers of all skill levels. Rolling terrain coupled with dramatic elevation changes make this one of the most challenging and unique courses in West Tennessee.

866 Airways Blvd. s Jackson 731.425.8316 s Cypress Grove is a preserve for indigenous wildlife, waterfowl, plants and trees. Just minutes from downtown Jackson and easily accessible from Interstate 40, the park features more than a mile of winding, elevated boardwalk through a cypress forest. The park is open daily from 8am until dusk. 200 Lowell Thomas Drive s Jackson Catch largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, and blue and channel catfish in this 500-acre lake east of Jackson. Also available at the lake are boat and trolling-motor rentals, boat ramps, a fishing pier, concessions and a bait-and-tackle shop.

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Jackson BMX


Jackson Generals Baseball

3265 Highway 45 South s Jackson 731.431.5209 s Jackson BMX hosts races beginning in March. The organization offers races for girls and boys in a range of age groups. Riders must be members of the American Bicycle Association. 4 Fun Place s Jackson 731.988.5299 s Head out to the ballpark and watch the Jackson Generals, the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The 6,000-seat stadium is perfect for minor league baseball. The ballpark offers many family events, including fireworks and concerts, family-friendly prices and good food.

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North Park


West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex

210 Demonbreun Drive s Jackson 731.425.8399 s Enjoy a 1.3-mile lighted walking trail and Gabriel’s Garden — an expansive playground for children. Play on lighted soccer fields and tennis courts, baseball and softball practice fields, an in-line hockey rink and sand volleyball courts. The park is open daily 7:30am-10pm. 250 BancorpSouth Parkway s Jackson 731.425.8537 s With 17 ball fields, the state-of-the-art Sportsplex hosts baseball and softball tournaments from March through October.


Beech Lake


Big Cypress Tree State Park


Carroll County Thousand Acre Lake

Lexington Enjoy camping, fishing, water sports and beautiful scenery at one of the most popular lakes in the region.

295 Big Cypress Rd. s Greenfield 731.235.2700 s The park is a quaint, clean and relaxing spot to enjoy nature’s purity and beauty. Find a variety of native wild flowers and trees, such as showy evening primrose, black-eyed Susans, yellow poplar, bald cypress and dogwood.

405 Boyd’s Landing Rd s Huntingdon 731.968.5540 s With 1,000 surface acres and 22.5 miles of shoreline, this is the largest manmade lake in West Tennessee. It’s perfect for fishing, boating, skiing, swimming and sun tanning on a sandy beach. The gate is open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The beaches are open daily from 9am-7pm.

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Chickasaw State Park


Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge


Natchez Trace State Park


National Bird Dog Museum


Paris Landing State Park

20 Cabin Lane s Henderson 731.989.5141 s The 1,400-acre park offers a variety of activities, including more than four miles of easy to moderate hiking trails and bicycle-friendly roads. Camping and horseback riding are popular, and guests can rent rowboats and pedal boats to tour Lake Placid. Cabins also are available for rent. Hours are 8am-10pm. Camper quiet time begins at 10pm.

6772 Hwy. 76 S. s Stanton s 731.772.0501 The wildlife refuge includes 11,556 acres along the scenic Hatchie River about four miles south of Brownsville. It was established in 1964, primarily to provide food, water and shelter for migrating and wintering waterfowl.

24845 Natchez Trace Rd. s Wildersville 731.968.3742 s The 10,145-acre park is nestled in a 48,000-acre wildlife management area and has 13.5 miles of hiking trails. The trails wind through the forest and fields and along lakeshores and streams. Visitors also enjoy the history museum, picnic facilities, campsites, cabins and lodges, boating, fishing and the park’s restaurant. The park office is open 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

505 Hwy. 57 s Grand Junction 731.764.2058 s The museum is a repository of information, art, photography and memorabilia reflecting a variety of pointing dog and retriever breeds, as well as hunting, field trials and shooting sports. Among the portraits and exhibits in the museum, visitors will find history’s most famous bird dogs. The museum is open 9am-2pm Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday and 1-4pm Sunday.

16055 Hwy. 79 North s Buchanan 731.641.4465 s This 841-acre park on the western shore of the Tennessee River, which is dammed to form 160,000-acre Kentucky Lake, is the perfect location for water sports. On land, enjoy golfing, hiking and camping. The natural beauty and abundant wildlife also make Paris Landing a great place to sit back and relax. Accommodations include the Inn at Paris Landing State Park, cabins, campsites and a restaurant overlooking the lake.

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Pickwick Landing State Park


Reelfoot Lake State Park

Counce s 731.689.3129 s Pickwick Lake is famous for smallmouth bass and Tennessee River catfish. Fish known to bite year round include crappie, bluegill, white bass, stripes and sauger. Some of the biggest fishing tournaments are located here. The park also has a golf course, three public swimming beaches, an inn with two pools, cabins and campsites.

2595 State Route 21E s Tiptonville 731.253.9652 s The 15,000-acre park’s ecosystem is unlike any other place in Tennessee. Spot bald eagles and almost every kind of shorebird. In addition to boating, fishing, camping and hiking, diverse species of animals and plants make it a popular attraction for visitors from across the country. Reelfoot Lake was formed when the Mississippi River temporarily reversed its flow during a violent series of earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 on the nearby New Madrid fault. The visitors center is open 8am to 4:30pm seven days a week.


ANNUAL FESTIVALS From Civil War re-enactments and craft shows to barbecues and symphony performances under the stars, we’re entertained all year long in West Tennessee. Take a look and come join us …


National Bird Dog Field Trial Championship

Grand Junction s 901.878.1067 This annual event is held on the second or third Monday in February on the 6,000-acre Ames Plantation. It features winners and placers from 70 qualifying trials across the United States and Canada.



Andrew Jackson Marathon

Jackson s Jackson hosts Tennessee’s oldest marathon. Starting and finishing on Union University’s beautiful campus, the course winds through the countryside over moderately rolling hills in northwest Jackson. Besides the marathon, which is a Boston Marathon qualifier, the event also includes a half marathon and a 5K run/walk.

Parker’s Crossroads Battleground Memorial Lantern Walk

Parkers Crossroads 731.968.1191 s Held in March or April, the event features guided battlefield lantern tours with re-enactors portraying individuals affected by the Parker’s Crossroads Civil War battle.

Wings Over Halls Air Show




Bunny Run Car Show


Casey Jones Village Spring Art Festival


Teapot Festival


Tennessee Iris Festival

Jackson s 731.427.1677 Hundreds of street rods, custom cars and trucks from 1972 and before are on display at Jackson Fairgrounds Park. This annual event is sponsored by the Jackson Rod & Custom Car Club.

Casey Jones Village s Jackson 731.668.1222 s Held the last Saturday in April, this festival celebrates the life of railroad engineer and Jackson legend Casey Jones and the sacrifice he made to save the passengers aboard his doomed train. The event includes local art vendors, music and many family-friendly activities.

Trenton 731.855.2013 s Beginning in 1981, John W. Melton developed the idea of a teapot festival to draw attention to the rare collection of porcelain veilleuses. The festival has grown into a weeklong event beginning with a ceremonial Lighting of the Teapots and culminating in the Annual Grand Parade. Dresden 731.364.5101 s This festival offers an Easter parade with hundreds of entries, an arts and crafts fair and, of course, a flower show.


Bemis Heritage Days


Exit 56 Blues Fest

Jackson s Learn about the history of the Bemis Auditorium and this cotton-mill town established in the early 1900s. The annual event is the third weekend in May.

Brownsville s 731.779.9000 s Listen to music from local blues artists and feast on deep-fried barbecue at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. The event, held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, includes an arts and crafts fair and drive-in with prizes for the best cars, trucks and motorcycles.



West Tennessee Strawberry Festival

Humboldt s 731.784.1842 s Held in early May, Humboldt’s strawberry festival attracts visitors from across the country with several events, including beauty revues, music, a horse show, fireworks, recipe contest and carnival. The events also feature parades with floats and bands, 5K and 10K runs, a pet parade and good food.


Chickasaw State Park Frontier Days


Henderson County Folk Festival


Henderson s 731.989.5141 Held in June at Chickasaw State Park, Frontier Days is a celebration of yesteryear – the good ‘ole days – with fun for the whole family. It features the Davy Crockett long hunters re-enactors and a variety of equestrian and fishing events. Lexington Held the first Saturday in June, the festival features live bluegrass and folk music, folk exhibits, food, contests, an antique car show and games on the Lexington Courthouse Square.

Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant

Jackson s Tennessee’s premier pageant is held each year at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

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Rock-A-Billy Highway Revival


Shannon Street MusicFest

Selmer s 731.439.2891 Loud music, loud cars and good food converge on downtown Selmer during the second weekend of June.

Jackson s 731.427.7573 s The popular music festival is at the West TN Farmer’s Market during the first weekend in June. Along with several bands and great music, visitors can enjoy an arts festival, 5K race and games for kids.

JULY Many West Tennessee communities hold Fourth of July events; check the events calendar at u

Celebrate Independence!


Festival of the Lakes


Paris Landing State Park

Jackson s 731.424.5577 Hey, y’all, the Madison County Volunteer Fire Department wants to make sure you have a safe Fourth of July. A fireworks display caps a day of family activities at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport. Lexington s 731.968.2126 As many as 20,000 people descend on Beech Lake in Lexington on the Fourth of July for a day of boat races, beauty pageants and live music. When the sun goes down, the festival ends with a 30-minute fireworks show. Buchanan s 731.641-4465 s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display.

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Pickwick Landing State Park


No-Till Field Day


Savannah Bluegrass Festival


Tomato Festival

Counce s 731.689.3129 s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display. Milan s 731.686.7362 s Every other year, on the fourth Thursday in July, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture hosts the largest conservation tillage event in the nation, the Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day. Farmers from around the world come to Milan to learn new techniques and the latest research about no-till farming. Savannah s 731.925.2161 Multiple bands play the finest bluegrass music in the Mid-South on the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River. Ripley s 731.635.4000 A two-day festival in July that honors area growers, the Tomato Festival features a petting zoo, beauty contest, 5K race, carnival rides and games, vendors, live music, food, tomato tastings and a tomato contest.


Alex Haley’s Birthday


Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run

Henning 731.738.2240 s Celebrate Henning’s famous author’s birthday at the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center. The event occurs each year close to the “Roots” author’s August 11 birthday.

Savannah s The Tennessee River Run is three days of live music and food with a gala, golf tournament and a 5K race to raise money for the Darryl Worley Foundation’s charitable efforts. The event at Pickwick Landing State Park and downtown Savannah culminates with a concert from the country music star.

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Rock-A-Billy Music Festival


Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival


Starlight Symphony


Wings Over Halls Air Show

Jackson s s 731.427.6262 Help celebrate an American music genre forged in West Tennessee. The festival is held the week before Elvis Week in Memphis.

McKenzie Satisfy your sweet tooth and craving for fried pickles, fried green tomatoes and mama’s Sunday dinner fried chicken. Then, wash it all down with sweet iced tea.

Jackson 731.427-6440 s Each year in late August, thousands of people descend on the lawn of the First Presbyterian Church for a patriotic evening with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The climax is the symphony’s rendition of the 1812 Overture, featuring live cannons and carillon music.

Halls s 731.836-7400 s Held on a former B-17 training base, the air show at the Dyersburg Army Air Field Museum in August recounts the years of WWII. Visitors can see war birds on the ramp, pyrotechnics that simulate bombing, and magnificent aircraft perform unimaginable feats.


African Street Festival

Jackson s 731.267.3212 s Presented during Labor Day Weekend by the Society for African American Cultural Awareness, the festival features African art and music, along with international vendors.



Pinson s 731.424.3909 s The festival at Pinson Mounds Sate Archaeological Park is a celebration of Native American culture and archaeology with craft demonstrations and story-telling sessions.

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Chester County Barbecue Festival


Hockaday Broomcorn Festival


Main Street Music Festival


Tina Turner Heritage Days


West Tennessee State Fair

Henderson s 731.989.5222 Find out why Chester County is the self-proclaimed barbecue capital of the world. Enjoy great food, live music, arts and crafts, and a familyfriendly good time at this annual three-day festival. Selmer s 731.645.4823 s Watch folk artists make and sell their wares while enjoying music and food. It’s fun for the whole family the third Saturday in September.

Adamsville s 731.632.1401 Enjoy music, food and street venders each September in the biggest little town in Tennessee.

Brownsville 731-779-9000 s Celebrate the heritage and legacy of Flagg Grove School and its most famous student, Anna Mae Bullock, known worldwide as singer Tina Turner. The event is the fourth weekend of September at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. Jackson s Held during the second week of September, the West Tennessee State Fair at the Jackson Fairgrounds features livestock shows, 4H competitions, beauty pageants and carnival rides.

OCTOBER Many West Tennessee communities plan Halloween and fall activities during October; check the events calendar at u

Ames Plantation Heritage Festival

Grand Junction s Thousands of visitors travel to the 18,400-acre plantation each year for a festival that takes them back in time to experience the lifestyle of their ancestors. The event features folk artists, musicians and craft demonstrators.

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Downtown Ghosts


Fall Folklore Jamboree


Ghost Tales


Ghost Tours at Magnolia Manor


Hatchie Fall Fest


One Jackson, Many Flavors

Jackson s 731.423.2234 Presented by the Jackson Chapter of Business and Professional Women, Downtown Ghosts features a walking tour followed by dinner. Milan s 731.686.7362 More than 130 folk artists demonstrate traditional farming, cooking and home life skills at the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum. See a blacksmith in action and mules plow a field. Shop for unique items like homemade soaps, candles and brooms while a lineup of award-winning gospel and bluegrass bands play all day on an outdoor stage. Jackson s 731.427.7379 Listen to exciting stories about the spirits of downtown. Bring a chair and an open mind. Even if you leave as a non-believer, you might just learn a little bit about the history of the area and its buildings.

Bolivar s 731.658.6700 Tour the manor and other haunted sites downtown, including The Columns, The Wrens Nest, The McNeal House, Polk Cemetery and The Pillars. Meet members of professional paranormal teams who have been collecting evidence for years that proves that Magnolia Manor is haunted. Brownsville s The Hatchie Fall Fest – the largest celebration in Brownsville – is held each year on the third Saturday of October and features live music, arts and crafts, children’s games and contests. One popular contest is the scarecrow contest on the lawn of the Haywood County Courthouse. Jackson s 731.425.8333 s The Jackson Food and Arts Festival celebrates the many cultures that make up the community.

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Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival


Rock-A-Billy Riot Urban Challenge


World’s Oldest Barbecue Cooking Contest

Reelfoot Lake s Held the first weekend of October, the Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival has been named one of the top three arts and craft shows in Tennessee. The popular festival draws 300 vendors.

Jackson s This urban obstacle race takes you through the heart of downtown Jackson. The 4-mile course has 12 obstacles that will challenge your strength, stamina and your mental fortitude! Covington s On the first weekend of October, enjoy live music, tractor pulls, a demolition derby, mechanical bull riding and lots of barbecue.


University School of Jackson Holiday Mart

Jackson s 731.664.0812 s Find more than 100 merchants offering thousands of gift ideas to get your Christmas shopping started. The Mart is Friday through Sunday on the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

DECEMBER Christmas parades, open houses and light displays are held throughout December in communities across West Tennessee. Check the events calendar at


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1936 Hwy. 45 Bypass

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1890 Hwy. 45 Bypass

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1770 Hwy. 45 Bypass

19. Old Hickory Inn


1849 Hwy. 45 Bypass

20. Days Inn East


1919 Hwy. 45 Bypass

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1963 Hwy. 45 Bypass

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