Shiloh, Rock-a-Billy and High-Minded Heroes


Set to a mix of rock and blues music, the stories of Southwest Tennessee begin on rural backroads, travel along historic main streets and preserved battlefields and weave in stories of determined and inspiring individuals.

Blessed by quiet natural beauty, Southwest Tennessee welcomes you to heritage-rich landmarks, world-class fishing and towns brimming with Southern hospitality. Our Southern specialties from catfish to barbecue have our guests coming back for more. Courageous characters and courthouse squares are just waiting to be discovered and explored.

Strong leaders have come out of Southwest Tennessee. Learn about Casey Jones, the train engineer who saved all his passengers but perished in the act. Visit the home of Buford Pusser, the tall-walking sheriff who challenged moonshiners and gamblers. Explore where Civil War soldiers from both sides left hats, guns and loved ones behind. These and more portray a diverse, courageous culture.

Civil War history is rich here. April 1862 saw Union and Confederate troops clash near Pittsburg Landing. Walk the hallowed ground of the beautifully preserved Shiloh National Military Park, where 24,000 men fell in a bloody battle. Youll find Indian mounds within the park as well.

Carl Perkins, “Mr. Blue Suede Shoes,” was known for up-tempo rock-a-billy music. International superstar Tina Turner and legendary bluesman Sleepy John Estes also represent Southwest Tennessee’s legacy to music heritage.

Catch up on history’s most famous sporting dogs at the National Bird Dog Museum. See Brownsville’s quirky sculpture collection of Billy Tripp’s The Mindfield. Fish and enjoy golf, walking trails and wildlife at Pickwick Landing State Park in beautiful Southwest Tennessee.

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You’re stepping to the sweet rhythm of Southwest Tennessee.

Southwest Dec 4 Irish Christmas in America @ The NED Jackson, TN The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, is making it's way into Jackson TN!! This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2015. A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season! Individual Tickets are $25/$30. Season Tickets are $150/$125. Show Time: 7:30 For more information contact Diann Robinson at 731.425.8397 or drobinson@cityofjackson.net **The Ned Box Office is located at the adjacent Historic Old City Hall Building** learn more Southwest Dec 4 - 6 LANA 2015 Holiday Home Tour Jackson, TN ** The LANA Holiday Home Tour is December 4 - 6 and those with tickets are welcome to enjoy the tour on any of the three days. The times of the tour are different each day. The homes on this year's tour are not released prior to the tour. Homes throughout Midtown Jackson will be decked inside and out as the Lambuth Area Neighborhood Association (L.A.N.A) hosts its annual Holiday Home Tour Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6. The association’s primary fundraising event, sponsored in party by the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, will feature an array of distinctive decorations throughout ten homes, offering tour-goers the opportunity to enjoy the holiday splendor, as well as to leave with an array of holiday decorating ideas that can be replicated in their own homes. The self-guided Holiday Home Tour officially kicks off on Friday, December 4 from 7-9 pm. The tour continues on Saturday, December 5 from 4-8:30 pm and Sunday, December 6 from 1-5 pm. Tickets will go on sale by November 16 and will be available at the following locations: Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store, 56 Casey Jones Lane; Cambridge LTD, 2150 N Highland Avenue; Carriage House Antique Market and Café, 195 Carriage House Drive; Healthy & Happy Naturally, 618 North Highland Avenue; Marilyn Jackson’s Gifts, 405-J Vann Drive; Morris Nursery, 2108 Hollywood Drive; and The Vintage Market at 215 Church Street. Home Tour tickets are $10 in advance and $15 in the Welcome Center on each day of the tour. All tour-goers need to start this showcase of homes in the Welcome Center also located in the lobby of the Varnell Jones Administration Building on the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus. Tickets will then be exchanged for the official list of homes and tour map. The Welcome Center will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour on all three days. Also join us for these other speical events: Cookies and Crafts w/ Santa, Lighting of Campbell Lake, and Holiday Luncheon at St. Luke's Episcopal Church learn more Southwest Dec 5 The Jackson Symphony PRESENTS The Annual Holiday Concert Jackson, TN Start your Holiday Season by enjoying the festive sounds of The Jackson Symphony's annual Holiday concert featuring the Jackson Choral Society. Program TBA Ensemble: The Jackson Symphony Orchestra For further information, please contact the Offices of The Jackson Symphony at (731) 427-6440 or visit us on –line at www.thejacksonsymphony.org. learn more Southwest Dec 5 Christmas at Northpark Jackson, TN Celebrate the Season with Christmas at Northpark! Join us for a special Open House December 5th in this charming collection of beloved Jackson ideally located off I-40 exit 82 in Jackson. learn more Southwest Dec 7 Jackson Christmas Parade ~ I'll Be Home For Christmas Jackson, TN ~I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS~ Welcome the Christmas season and Santa Claus to Jackson, with the historic annual Christmas Parade, through downtown Jackson!! Parade registration begins Oct. 1st - Nov. 30th. To enter a float or group in the parade, please visit www.cityofjackson.net/JacksonChristmasParade or call 731.425.8382 *Rain day for this event will be Dec. 8th learn more

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