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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Southwest Apr 26 Casey Jones Day & Spring Arts Festival Jackson, TN Celebrate Local History, Art & Music! learn more Southwest May 2 Cinco de Mayo Heritage Celebration Brownsville, TN Brownsville celebrates its cultural diversity with live music and vendors during an annual Cinco de Mayo Heritage Celebration held the first Friday of May. learn more Southwest May 3 - 4 40th Annual Historic Tour of Homes Bolivar, TN The Hardeman County Chapter of APTA will conduct its annual historic home tour on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. The theme this year is “Places in Time ~ 1824-2011.” It will commemorate Bolivar’s 150th anniversary of the burning of the Courthouse. Characters in costume will perform dramas throughout the two day tour. New on the tour this year is the Maxwell-Bertin House. This will be the first showing of the home to the public. learn more Southwest May 9 Montana Skies Jackson, TN Montana Skies, a metaphor for musical freedom, continues to follow their creative instincts far beyond their traditional boundaries. These award winning musicians delve into music from Pink Floyd and Rush to Vivaldi, and House of the Rising Sun, as well as their own originals. While the music defies simple categorization, it is a fusion in the truest sense of the word. It's been called everything from chamber rock to psychedelic strings. learn more Southwest May 15 - 17 Buford Pusser Festival Adamsville, TN Music, Food and Fun learn more

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