Cotton Junction Trail
West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
This final stop includes three regional museums that capture the life and landscape of West Tennessee: the West Tennessee Cotton Museum, West Tennessee Music Museum and Hatchie River Museum. See the last home of blues legend, Sleepy John Estes; visit Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner. Open Mon.-Sat., 9a.m.-5p.m.; Sun., 1-5p.m.
Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum
In April of 1900, a brave railroad engineer named John Luther "Casey" Jones sacrificed his own life for the lives of his passengers in the now legendary train wreck near Vaughan, Mississippi. Today, Casey Jones Village is one of the state's top 10 tourist attractions, celebrating the life of one of Jackson's favorite sons.
The World’s Largest Urban Farm and Agricultural Research Test Facility, Agricenter International in Memphis is a world-class showcase to the agricultural and nonagricultural public. Self-sustaining, not for profit, Agricenter International provides economic development and improved quality of life by facilitating agricultural research, educational programs, environmental conservation, natural area preservation and recreational opportunities. The center offers a mid-continent location where agricultural producers from across the nation and the world can see the latest technology in agricultural science exhibited and demonstrated under productive farm conditions. Agricenter is here today as a bright light, illuminating the capabilities of this nation’s number one industry, the backbone of our nation’s economy. Agricenter’s impact will provide long-term benefits to our country’s future economy and to needy countries overseas. You can fish at nearby Catch’em Lake! Call 901-737-1200 for information, or visit the site, www.catchemlakes.com.
The Peabody Memphis
This 1925 landmark continues to welcome visitors to the heart of downtown. It is most famous for its unusual residents: a group of ducks lives on the rooftop. Each day, they march to the Grand Lobby at 11 a.m., and return to their quarters at 5 p.m. The tradition dates back to 1933.
Big Cypress Tree State Park
Relax and enjoy nature in this 27- acre state park, situated within a 330-acre state natural area in the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Obion River. Bring a picnic and admire the native wild flowers, trees and wildlife. Get up close and personal with birds of prey during the yearly fall festival.
T.O. Fuller State Park
T.O. Fuller State Park, the first park east of the Mississippi River and the second in the nation to be open to African Americans, is named in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller, who spent his life empowering and educating African Americans. Fuller was a former North Carolina legislator and Baptist minister who came to Memphis as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Memphis, on famous Beale Street. The land for the park once belonged to wealthy Memphian Enoch Ensley, one of the original directors of Union and Planters bank, and the first president of Memphis Gas and Light. He used slaves and, later, convicts to work the land. In the early 1900s, Dover Barrett bought the land for use by tenant farmers. The flood of 1927 washed away the plantation home and stockade. The Civilian Conservation Corps bought the land for the express purpose of building a state park for African Americans and spent five years building facilities there. In the course of its work, the CCC unearthed Chickasaw relics that led to the creation of Chucalissa Village in 1962, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994. The village includes a mound, replicas of temples and home, a museum and a theater. Today, the park contains wetlands and campgrounds in South Memphis, mostly consisting of 1,138 acres of forest land that still looks much the way West Tennessee did before 1950. T.O. Fuller State Park is the only state park within the city limits, one of the few locations within the city suitable for wildlife. Visitors here can see the dams and families of beaver that created the pond east of Mitchell Road. Hikers on the wetland trail can see red-ear sliders, red-tailed hawks, northern cricket frogs, blue herons, king snakes and more. Sometimes, there is a glimpse of the tracks of bobcats, deer, coyote and turkeys. Amenities at T.O. Fuller State Park include sheltered picnic areas, tennis courts, swimming pool, basketball courts, softball field, six miles of hiking trails, and camping facilities.
Green Frog Farm Bed & Breakfast
Beginning in 1991 with a donated country store and 1840s log house, Green Frog has grown into a true rural southern village. From a retired four-stand cotton gin to a simple pioneer homestead, this site celebrates Tennessee's agrarian history. Find 100 species of trees labeled throughout the property, visit an antique print shop and grab a snack. A restored 150-year-old cabin is available for overnight stays. Cabin requires advance reservations.
Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park
This 1200-acre site is the largest mound group of the Middle Woodland period in the U.S., with the second highest mound in the country. These 15 earthen mounds were used as a ceremonial site for a Native Americans tribe that predates any of the tribes we know today.
Mud Island River Park
This small peninsula between the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers offers a lot to do on its 52 acres, including the Mississippi River Museum, River Park and Amphitheater. Take a ride on the monorail, and don't miss the River Walk, a five-block-long, scale model of the Lower Mississippi River. Learn about history and geography as you walk along--and even in--the flowing water of the "river." It's one of the best and most unique ways to learn about the Mighty Mississippi. Open May-Oct.
This 100-year-old zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Visit giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le, the Once Upon a Farm exhibit, and the Teton Trek featuring grizzly bears, elk and timber wolves. Covering 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park, this wild experience is just minutes from downtown Memphis.
Memphis Farmers Market
The Memphis Farmers Market is a weekly non-profit outdoor market featuring local farmers and artisans. The market showcases locally sourced produce and food items and locally produced arts and crafts from the Mid-South region and also serves to educate the community about eating local, nutrition and food choices. Enjoy live music and weekly themed events and programs.
This 100-foot metal sculpture depicting the life of Brownsville artist Billy Tripp is a continuous work in progress; the structure was begun in 1989 and will evolve until Billy's death. Stop and see this eclectic, larger-than-life art that's intended to generate dialogue between communities and governmental systems. The site has a comment box for you to leave your own thoughts and reactions.
National Civil Rights Museum
Housed in The Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this award-winning museum brings the American Civil Rights Movement to life. Exhibits focus on landmark events like the Montgomery bus boycott and the Memphis sanitation strike, as well as more recent struggles and achievements following King's death. Audio tours available. Guided tours with advance request.
Denmark Presbyterian Church
Located near the site of a Civil War battlefield (point 50), this 1854 church was built by slave labor and originally housed Masonic Lodge #154. After the battle, it was used as a prison for Union soldiers who had surrendered. It is undergoing renovation and will house a Civil War museum.
2799 Denmark Jackson Rd.
Denmark, TN 38391
Cypress Grove Nature Park
Stop here to get a feel for West Tennessee's natural landscape. This park contains 165 acres of pristine river bottom land, as well as an interpretive nature center, an observation tower, fishing areas and picnic tables.
Brooks Shaw's Old Country Restaurant
This popular spot preserves the atmosphere of a late 1890s general store with a gift, confectionery and souvenir shop that features thousands of antiques. After working up an appetite from shopping, stop by the authentic ice cream parlor, soda shop and restaurant for a tasty treat. Old Country Store: 731-668-1223 Museum: 731-668-1222 Music Highway Crossroads: 731-660-4243
River Inn of Harbor Town
Come enjoy the River Inn of Harbor Town, the south's most romantic hotel, for an experience you will want to enjoy. Overlooking the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, the River Inn has impressive architecture, accented by gas-lit lanterns, decorative wrought iron, blooming window boxes and colorful umbrellas dotting the rooftop terrace. The traditional warm and inviting lobby features a sparkling crystal chandelier, a wood-burning fireplace set off by an 1850's-era New Orleans mantel, wood flooring from an old Virginia textile mill, along with Oriental rugs, original oil paintings, fresh flowers, and the soft glow of candles. In addition to 28 luxurious guest rooms and suites, River Inn offers two restaurants: Currents, exquisite fine dining, and Tug's, a casual neighborhood grill, plus the cozy Little Bar.
Talbot Heirs is a pleasant surprise for travelers accustomed to staying in conventional hotels. Located in the heart of downtown Memphis, just a block and a half from legendary Beale Street, Talbot Heirs offers guests comfort in private surroundings that are as original, authentic and spirited as Memphis itself. Talbot Heirs is small and privately owned. All accommodations are spacious suites which comfortably accommodate two. Each is equipped with with a queen-sized bed, a CD player, cable TV with HBO and other movie channels, as well as a full kitchen with coffee maker, toaster, cooking kits and dinnerware. Cotton linens and towels are used exclusively. Talbot Heirs is convenient for both business and pleasure with the business district, courthouses, restaurants, cinema, theatres, sports venues, museums, live music and Beale Street all within walking distance. There is also easy access to the trolley line, airport shuttle and taxi stand.
ALSAC/Danny Thomas Pavilion-St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
This facility is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in catastrophic childhood diseases. It was founded in 1962 by Hollywood entertainer Danny Thomas; you can visit his burial place and see memorabilia from his life at the Danny Thomas/ ALSAC Pavilion. Hospital tours available Mon.-Fri., 10a.m.-1p.m.; call to schedule.
Samuel T Bryant Distillery LLC
Distilling Vodka, Moonshine, Whiskey and many other product using locally grown produce. Located inside the fanciest pole barn you’ve ever seen. Open Wed. - Sun. noon - 7 p.m.
Britton Lane Civil War Battlefield
This site became an unexpected Civil War battlefield in 1862, when Union and Confederate troops accidentally met here. They battled for four hours, and 87 Union soldiers were imprisoned in the Denmark Presbyterian Church (point 49). The location includes a mass Confederate gravesite and log cabin used as a hospital during the war.
Davies Manor Plantation
The Davies Manor Association, Inc., first incorporated in 1977, administers and interprets historic Davies Manor Plantation. This historic property, located in Bartlett, includes the purportedly oldest log home in Shelby County, thirty-two acres of plantation land, and numerous outbuildings. These outbuildings range from a tenant cabin to a commissary to a gristmill to an outhouse. Additionally, the property contains several gardens, including a kitchen garden and a medicinal herb garden. In the future, visitors will also be able to enjoy an arboretum and nature trails. Our current interpretive program primarily consists docent-led tours of the log home and a self-guided walking tour of the grounds and outbuildings. The mission of the Davies Manor Association, Inc. is to preserve and enhance Davies Manor Plantation as a portrayal of early Shelby County farm life for the education and enjoyment of visitors.
West Tennessee Regional Art Center
This is the permanent home to the Caldwell Collection of paintings, folk art and sculpture; the Ewers Collection; and the Lois and Wallis Jones Boehm Porcelain Collection. The center also hosts juried exhibitions throughout the year.
Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum
Rusty's has over 25 iconic cars that have been used in movies and television. There is something for all ages. Many of the cars are the actual cars used in the shows and can only be seen here. Open Friday - Sun., 9-5; Monday -Thursday by appointment.
Tripp Country Hams
Family-owned since 1962, Tripp's cures award-winning hams and bacon famous for their distinct country flavor. The one-of-a-kind taste is from a secret family recipe. Stop in to learn more and pick some up to take home.
Nashville, Chattanooga & Saint Louis Depot & Railroad Museum
The Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railroad brought passengers to Jackson's South Royal depot to partake of the town's mineral waters, eat popcorn supplied by a local character named Popcorn Johnny and gather for live music. The depot contains photos, artifacts, and memorabilia as well as two authentic cabooses and a dining car.
Electro Chalybeate Well
In the late 1800s, workers discovered a vast underground river of mineral water while constructing Jackson's first modern waterworks. The miracle spring became known for its curative powers and still flows today in an 1800s-style gazebo and park.
West Tennessee Agricultural Museum
This museum presents life-size displays depicting everyday challenges faced by settlers forging a new territory. Explore West Tennessee's heritage, through artifacts including equipment, materials, photos and art. Guided tours available.
McEwen's on Monroe
Executive Chef Keith Bambrick combines classic Southern cuisine with South American, Asian and Creole elements to create dishes both familiar and new.
120 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
When you’re visiting Tennessee, you’ll find a menu full of upscale Southern cuisine made with Tennessee products at Felicia Suzanne’s. Regional influences on the menu include Creole, Low Country, family recipes from Arkansas and The Delta. The flavors in the dishes will delight everyone’s palate, from delicious seafood such as Shrimp and Grits sautéed in a Creole Sauce to Black Angus Rib-Eye Steak with a bourbon house-made tasso ham au poivre sauce. Felicia Suzanne’s also has a full bar complete with artisan cocktails, wines by the glass, champagnes and an all-American wine list with more than 150 wines, as well as cognacs, single malt scotches and one of the largest bourbon selections in Memphis. If the weather is right, make sure to check out the newly-redesigned patio. Owner and chef Felicia Suzanne Willett offers upscale Southern cuisine with influences from Creole, low country, and Delta dishes, along with family recipes from Arkansas. Felicia Suzanne's is committed to using locally grown Tennessee products. The restaurant offers an intimate setting with attention to every detail blending a young, contemporary feel with classic Southern charm and tradition. Her cuisine is influenced by the three Southern cities in which she’s lived and the back roads connecting them: Memphis, Charleston, and New Orleans. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday, with Saturday lunch.
Owner Helen Turner is one of only a few female pit-cooks in the country; she smokes pork shoulders on site and serves them with her famous sauce. Unexpected live music performances have occurred here throughout the years, including a now-famous jam session with bluesman and Brownsville native Yank Rachell in 1996, just months before his death.
A British gas physicist and Tennessee beauty queen mixed business with pleasure when they opened this Tuscan-inspired villa. Try the highly recognized 11 wine varietals; if you visit on a Friday, stay for a relaxing "Wine Down" event.
Tennessee Safari Park
Take a walk on the wild side when you visit the state's only walk-through zoo combined with a drive-through park. The site has more than 400 animals representing 80 different species. For a hands-on experience, there is a full petting zoo as well as a gift shop.
This unique eatery offers fresh salads and sandwiches. Save room for dessert — it's famous for its gelato bar!
483 High Point Terrace
Memphis, TN 38122
Grapevine Tea Room
This quaint spot is the perfect place for a quiet lunch or a celebration. Enjoy the fresh dishes on the menu and visit the gift shop.
6284 Chester St
Arlington, TN 38002
The Cotton Museum
Discover a plant that changed the world, built Memphis and influenced the very fiber of the city. When you visit here, you're treading on the legendary floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange. Following a thorough restoration, this former members-only establishment now shares the story of cotton's impact on the region and global economy. You can also take a self-guided tour of Cotton Row, the historic block surrounding the museum.
65 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
Created to resemble a Natchez Trace tavern from the mid-1800s, this restaurant was built out of poplar trees and materials salvaged from 19th-century structures from Memphis' Pinch District. Stop in for steak or catfish, then finish your meal with a fried pie!
12062 Forrest St
Arlington, TN 38002
Front Street Deli
For more than 30 years, guests have enjoyed one-of-a-kind sandwiches and deli dogs here while taking in a view of the river.
77 S Front St
Memphis, TN 38103
Braden Station Catfish & Seafood Restaurant
This area favorite offers a seafood buffet with plenty of choices. The casual spot is a renovated former general store and bank.
Mason, TN 38049
Bozo's Hot Pit Bar-B-Q
A visit here is like walking into the 1950s. Try the BBQ nachos, jumbo sandwich with slaw or a homemade pie;— you can't go wrong.
Mason, TN 38049
Temple Adas Israel
Built in 1882, this is the oldest continuously operating Jewish temple in the state and one of few remaining 19th-century synagogues in the U.S. Stroll the grounds; admire the Gothic-style architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. Call ahead for tour.
171 N Washington Ave
Brownsville, TN 38012
The Little Tea Shop
Founded in 1918 in the basement of the Cotton Exchange building, the eatery moved to its current location in the 1930s. They serve up old-fashioned comfort food with a smile — be sure to try the "Lacy Special."
69 Monroe Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
Brownsville Burger Basket
Tennessee's best burger, The Basket has been providing the best tasting burgers, steaks abd homemade cakes since 2009. Open Monday - Saturday, 10:30 - 8.
1004 N Washington Ave
Brownsville, TN 38012
Carriage House Antique Market & Café
Stop here for a comfortable shopping experience with friendly staff and items that range from the true 100-year-old antique to collectibles and home décor.
195 Carriage House Dr
Jackson, TN 38305
Yarbro's Antique Mall
This shop is known for its great selection and unique furniture.
350 Carriage House Dr
Jackson, TN 38305
Willow Oaks Farm
What began as a peach orchard in 1947 has grown to more than 20 greenhouses and is known as the "Flower Headquarters of the Mid-South." Enjoy the large metal sculptures on the grounds. Open March-July, Sept.-Nov.
Brownsville, TN 38012
C. E. Weldon City Library
Check out this cultural center where literature, art and music exhibits and programs are offered throughout the year.
100 Main St
Martin, TN 38237
Start your day at this local favorite; their service begins at 4 a.m. You'll find a menu full of home-style selections served by friendly folks.
200 W Eaton St
Trenton, TN 38382
Simmons Shoe Store
Take time to peruse the stacks of shoes here; the children's department is across the street.
204 S 14th Ave
Humboldt, TN 38343
The Peppermint Pony
Started around a kitchen table, this heirloom children's clothing business now supplies to more than 150 stores.
1209 E Main St
Humboldt, TN 38343
This off-the-beaten-path destination features replica buildings reminiscent of the wild west, including the Wagon Wheel Hotel & Saloon, a church, stables, blacksmith shop and over 20 other buildings. Be transported to another place and time, right here in Tennessee. Open Mon.-Thurs., 9a.m.-5p.m.; Fri. & Sat. by appointment only; closed Sun. Admission charged for visitors age 6 and up.
783 Humboldt Gibson Wells Rd
Humboldt, TN 38343
Back Yard Bar-Be-Cue
This is some of the best pit-cooked, hickory-smoked BBQ in West Tennessee. Since 1991, their delicious recipe has been a local favorite; the seats are rarely empty.
186 Old Hickory
Jackson, TN 38305
High Cotton & Co.
A perfect mix of shabby and chic, this shop features vintage finds and garden art. Find more treasures at the Saturday flea market.
Bells, TN 38006
Old Millington Vineyard & Winery
Featuring dry and sweet wines from the estate red to muscadine and fruit wines. Visit their small boutique winery for samples and stroll in the adjacent vineyards. Shady picnic space available.
6748 Old Millington Road
Millington, TN 38053
Stanton Masonic Lodge
This 1871 structure is sometimes called the Old Schoolhouse as it also served as a school building. Appreciate its history then explore the town to see other Antebellum homes and churches.
109 Covington St./ Hwy 179N
Slave Haven Museum
This 1849 clapboard house served as a way station on the Underground Railroad, a secret series of hiding places for runaway slaves seeking freedom in the North and Canada. Take the tour and visit the hidden tunnels, trap doors, and cellars where slaves waited for their chance to escape to the Mississippi River on their way to the next secret stop. The house is furnished with period pieces and slavery artifacts. Hours vary; call ahead for information.
826 N. 2nd St.
Woodlawn Missionary Baptist Church
This church was established in 1866 by freed slaves, together with members of the white Woodlawn Baptist Church (point 34). The current building dates back to 1928, rebuilt with bricks from the original structure. Musical greats Sleepy John Estes and Tina Turner both worshipped here. Walk through the old cemetery to see markers detailing the church's history, including the story of Hardin Smith, the first slave allowed to preach to a congregation.
363 Woodlawn Rd
University of Tennessee Martin (UTM)
Founded in 1900 as Hall- Moody Institute, a private Baptist school, UTM has been a part of Knoxville-based UT since 1927. Stroll the campus and check the school calendar for art, music, theater and athletic events open to the public.
325 Administration Bldg.
Welcome to the heart of a true cotton community. Notice the still-operating cotton gin and visit the Nutbush Country Store with a sign proudly declaring it the ""Birthplace of Tina Turner."" When settlers first arrived here, they found an abundance of hazelnut trees that had to be cleared so homes could be erected. This reminded them of a village in North Carolina called Nutbush, so they gave their settlement the same name. Nutbush was made famous in the 1973 Ike and Tina Turner hit, ""Nutbush City Limits."" It was the last hit single produced by the duo.
Founded in 1823, this is the oldest institution in the U.S. affiliated with Southern Baptist life. Stretch your legs on the tree-lined campus or catch one of the music and theater events produced by students each year.
1050 Union University Dr
Trinity United Methodist Church & Cemetery
Organized in 1822, this was known as Buckhorn Church because deer antlers served as hat racks inside. Over 50 Confederate soldiers are buried in the cemetery; every year on Mother's Day, Confederate flags are placed on the Confederate graves and U.S. flags on other veterans' graves. A directory board lists the veterans' names and gravesites.
5659 Nunn Rd.
While small in size, this town is rich in tradition. Admire the 1899 Gibson County Courthouse, one of the most handsome in the state, as you visit the restaurants and shops around the square. If you're driving the Cotton Junction Trail in late April, attend the Teapot Festival, a week-long series of events celebrating Trenton's "tea-rrific" reputation.
200. E. Eaton St.
Woodlawn Baptist Church
Admire the Italian stained glass windows here; they're just as beautiful from the outside as they are from the inside. This is the church that shared its building with the African- American community as told in point 31.
363 Woodlawn Rd
Explore local shops like Brasfield's Jewelers and historic sites like First United Methodist Church here in the home of the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, held each May since 1934. Be sure to stop in City Gift Co. for the area's largest selection of strawberry-themed items. Brasfield's Jewelers, 1314 E. Main St., Humboldt, 731-784-9714 First UMC, 200 N. 12th Ave., Humboldt, 731-784-3191 City Gift Co., 1321 E. Main St., Humboldt, 731-784-2724 Humboldt Chamber of Commerce,1200 Main St., Humboldt, 731-784-1842
1314 E. Main St.
College Hill Center
Originally the Brownsville Baptist Female College, this historic building dates back to 1852. Today, it's home to the Haywood County Sports Museum and the Haywood County Museum, where you'll find a preserved 1903 post office and history about the area.
127 N Grand Ave
Battle of Trenton Driving Tour
Stop in the Gibson County Public Library or point 94 and pick up a CD guide and brochure to explore the events that took place here in 1862 as Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest's men captured this stop on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. After putting up a brief fight in the depot area, the Union surrendered rather than face destruction by Forrest's artillery. Signs guide you through this exciting journey in Civil War history.
303 S. High St.
Known as the "best kept secret in Memphis," this charming town was named for Arlington National Cemetery. Many of its current residents are descendents of its founders, who arrived here in the 1830s and watched the town grow around the Memphis & Ohio Railroad. Park at Depot Square and visit the historic post office and the Rachael H.K. Burrow Museum. When yellow fever struck Memphis in 1878, Arlington's community leaders quarantined the town and forbid outsiders from entering.
Brownsville Historic District
(Private Residences) As you explore the district and view the architecture along North Grand and West College Streets, notice the yard markers telling the family names and years the homes were built. The district also includes eateries and shops; its boundaries are marked with signs.
625 W College St
World's Largest Teapot Collection
What road trip is complete without a "World's Largest"?" This permanent exhibition is recognized as the World's Largest Collection of Porcelain Veilleuses-Theieres, an ornate type of teapot (often called a night-light teapot). The teapots on display date from 1750 to 1860 and were purchased around the world by Trenton native Dr. Frederick Freed. Stop in Trenton City hall to see this unique collection.
309 College St.
During the yellow fever epidemic of 1878, there was a lack of time and able-bodied men to dig individual graves for the many victims, so they were laid to rest in a mass grave here. A marker inside the 1827 cemetery notes the location among the beautiful oaks.
335 Margin St
West Tennessee Farmers Market Area
Get fresh, locally grown produce directly from farmers as well as crafts and more. Charlie Bulldog's Restaurant is just across the street offering delicious food and entertainment as well. Just to the south is Jaxon Recording Studio where you can find artists at work or record your own demo.
W. Lafayette St.
New Market St.
Riverside Drive Welcome Center
Pose for great photo memories here with bronze statues of Elvis Presley and B.B. King on the shores of the mighty Mississippi, as you prepare to head out on the Great River Road. Pick up info about area attractions, discount coupons for restaurants and hotels, and get the inside scoop on local events.
119 N. Riverside Dr.
Harrell Farm Log Cabin
As you explore the square, don't miss this mid-1800s farm cabin for a glimpse of life in the past. A traditional rope bed and spinning wheel are displayed inside. Open by appointment.
6271 Chester St
This town shares its name with Andrew Jackson, who began his political career in West Tennessee before going on to become the nation's 7th president. As the county seat, Jackson is anchored by the Madison County Courthouse, historically significant for an event that occurred here in 1835 involving another famous Tennessean. The Madison County Courthouse steps are where David Crockett famously delivered the line, "The rest of you can go to hell, for I am going to Texas."" A year later, he was killed at the Alamo.
Madison Co. Courthouse
100 E. Main St.
To honor the town's history, 12 local artists came together to create a mural on the side of Gibson City Hall that depicts significant historical sites. Come see this unique tribute to the area's abundant culture and heritage.
2204 Gibson Sq.
Alamo Court Square
For almost 50 years, citizens in West Tennessee petitioned the state to form a new county to give them better access to government. In 1871, Crockett County was created and named for David Crockett; Alamo was named its seat. As you stroll downtown, visit the shops and restaurants and notice the Classical Revival architectural elements of the historic Bank of Alamo.
7 S. Bells St.
Carnegie Center for Arts and History
Explore the history of West Tennessee through displays that chronicle the Civil War history of the area as well as works of art, interactive exhibits and family-friendly programs.
305 E. College St.
Park and walk to enjoy the shops, restaurants and entertainment here. Stop into Antiques & Home Décor or Elliott's Music & Nutrition Center for a unique find or catch a movie at the Ritz Theatre III. After working up an appetite, drive about two miles south on 1st Street to visit Candyland Gift Shoppe for double-dipped strawberries or L&T Cakery for more sweet confections. Antiques & Home Décor, 1082 S. Main St., Milan 731-686-3557 Elliott's Music, 1079 S. Main St., Milan 731-686-1821 Ritz Theatre III, 1109 S. Main St., Milan 731-686-7691 Milan Chamber of Commerce, 1061 S. Main St., Milan 731-686-7494 Candyland, 1019 Jones Blvd. Milan 731-686-7324 L&T Cakery, 1021 Jones Blvd. Milan 731-562-9500
1082 S. Main St.
On the Crockett County Courthouse lawn, these 16 granite tablets honor over 4,700 local individuals who have served the U.S. since World War I.
1 S. Bells St.
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Known for its unbeatable fried chicken and one-of-a-kind spice, be sure to take in this Memphis-area original. GQ magazine calls it one of the top five restaurants in the U.S. worth flying to just to have a meal.
310 S. Front St.
First erected in 1824, the Haywood County Courthouse was rebuilt in 1832 and has since undergone several renovations. According to local lore, the money for the 1928 work was borrowed from a resident farmer, Dee Evans. When it was not repaid on time, Evans threatened to fill the courthouse with hay. Explore the square's shops and restaurants and let markers guide you through more of the area's stories.
Haywood Co. Courthouse 1 N. Washington Ave.
Bemis Mill Village Museum
The museum, inside the historic Bemis Theater and Auditorium, houses exhibits and memorabilia that tell the story of this mill town forged out of the cotton fields in 1900. The neighborhood behind the theater still contains the row houses built for the mill's workers. Open by appointment only.
2 N. Missouri St.
Find a variety of options at this quaint square surrounding the Carroll County Courthouse. Start with a taste of the South at Mallard's Restaurant. Shopping highlights include The Gift Grove, carrying the area's largest selection of Vera Bradley merchandise and Mockingbird Threadworks for the sewing enthusiast. Mallard's Restaurant, 19720 E. Main St., Huntingdon, 731-986-0400 The Gift Grove, 203 Court Sq., Huntingdon, 731-986-4721 Mockingbird Threadworks, 19703 E. Main St., Huntingdon, 731-986-8111 Carroll Co. Chamber of Commerce, 20740 E. Main St., Huntingdon, 731-986-4664
Memphis Rock ‘n' Soul Museum
This permanent exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music was created by the Smithsonian Institution and tells the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world.
191 Beale St.
This charming town began with the coming of the Memphis & Ohio Railroad to the local depot in the 1830s, but the original site was four miles west and known as Wesley. When Joseph Stanton, the station's namesake, moved to this area in 1856, he negotiated to move the rail route, making a ghost town of the once-thriving Wesley. Explore downtown to get an authentic sense of life in West Tennessee.
Christ Episcopal Church
This historic church was organized in 1832, and erected its present building in 1854. Reverend John Chilton, the first priest ordained in Tennessee, was its first rector. You'll also notice other churches within walking distance, each with its own character and charm.
40 N Washington Ave
Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Center
This state-of-the-art theater is named in honor of Carroll County native Dixie Carter. The venue hosts local performances and national acts alike. Across the street, visit Mudslinger's Studio, an annex of "The Dixie,"" where students of all ages hone their pottery skills and exhibit their work.
191 Court Sq.
Historic Stanton Presbyterian Church & Mausoleum
Built in 1870 by Nathan Adams, son-in-law of the town's founder, this structure is modeled after a Scottish church. The marble shaft and doors were purchased in Italy for $10,000, then shipped to New Orleans and up the Mississippi River to Memphis, then moved by freight car to Stanton and hauled on wagons here. The whole town came out to watch construction. Enjoy the grounds and unique architecture.
56 Main St.
Gordon Browning Museum
This former post office in the heart of McKenzie houses documents, images and artifacts that reflect on the culture of Carroll County and its railroad history. Native son Gordon Browning was a two-time governor of Tennessee; see many of his papers, personal effects and photographs. While you're here, stroll downtown and enjoy the area.
640 N. Main St.
Stanton Welcome Center
Learn about Stanton's history as a bustling railroad town. Open Mon., Wed. & Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m.; Tues. & Thurs., 1-5p.m.
49 Main St.
As you enjoy the businesses in bustling downtown, you'll probably hear the train whistle, part of Martin's rich railroad history. You'll find everything from fine dining at Olivia's Opera House to specialty java at The Looking Glass Coffee & Curiosities. In the spring and fall, the district comes alive with outdoor music at The Gap and Cadillac's; during summer and fall, shop the local farmers market. Olivia's Opera House, 142 S. Lindell St., Martin, 731-587-8000 The Looking Glass, 215 S. Lindell St., Martin, 731-587-5075 Cadillac's, 103 Church St., Martin, 731-587-5542