Walking Tall Trail
Rockabilly, rails and legendary trails. Explore charming small towns, mom-and-pop eateries, courthouse squares and barbecue gems. Dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover the fascinating stories, people, and places that have shaped American history and culture.
I-40 Welcome Center
Start your Walking Tall Trail here.
119 N. Riverside Dr.
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.
South Main Historic Arts District
A lively, artsy neighborhood in the heart of downtown Memphis, the South Main Historic Arts District is home to some of the most important cultural attractions in Memphis. The National Civil Rights Museum, the Orpheum Theater, and historic Central Station are all in the area. Hip restaurants and boutiques as well as cutting-edge art galleries complete the scene, making South Main an attractive place to locals and visitors alike. Here are a few highlights: The Arcade Restaurant: An historic diner serving downtown since 1919, The Arcade is Memphis' oldest restaurant. Ernestine & Hazel's: Enjoy a "Soul Burger" and some live Memphis music at one of the city's favorite dives. WEVL 89.9 FM: Drop by the studio of the Mid-South's only listener-supported, independent, volunteer radio station. Tune in at 89.9 FM or stream live from wevl.org Trolley Nights: Take the trolley for a free ride to the shops, restaurants and galleries in the area - 6 pm to 9 pm the last Friday of every month all year, come rain or shine. Otherwise, the fare is $1 or $3.50 for a daily pass.
S. Main St. between Beale St. and G.E.Patterson AVe.
Memphis Rock & Soul Museum
This 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.
Sam Phillips' Sun Studio is ground zero for rock 'n' roll's explosion onto the world stage. Literally packed with memorabilia, the "Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll" lets you hear historical outtakes and even touch Elvis' first microphone. Experience the stories that put legends like Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and others on the map.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Head N on S. 3rd St. toward Peabody Pl. Turn R onto Union Ave. Turn R on S. Bellevue Blvd. Turn R on E. McLemore Ave. to pt. 5 This is the only soul music museum in the world. It sits on the site of the original Stax Records, the studio where music icons like Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, the Staple Singers, Otis Redding and others recorded career-launching hits.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland
Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock 'n' Roll while enjoying video, photos, personal mementos, movie memorabilia, stage costumes and more. Tour Elvis' home, Graceland Mansion, on an audio-guided tour featuring commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie. Explore the Elvis Car Museum, Elvis' custom jets and Elvis' Hawaii, a new exhibit for 2013. Don't miss the on-site restaurants and Elvis gift shops.
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.
Find this 1868 Memphis-Charleston Railroad depot in Old Germantown, situated on high ground where the area's first settlers made their homes. Today, it's home to the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, and houses a great collection of railroad memorabilia. Notice the markers identifying the original buildings and sites.
1318 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
This was the site of a Civil War fort built by the Union Army to guard the Memphis-Charleston Railroad. The site is marked by Howitzer cannon replicas.
3085 Honey Tree Dr
The Collierville Greenbelt System
With more than 60 miles of trails and sidewalks, this system connects Collierville's parks, schools, neighborhoods, and commercial districts offering recreation in a natural setting. Start exploring at W.C. Johnson Park where you'll find natural areas, wetlands, three lakes, elevated boardwalk (.70 miles), a 9-field baseball/softball complex, and multipurpose fields.
419 Johnson Park Dr.
Civil War Markers in Tom Brooks Park
During the Civil War, Union invasions of Georgia, Alabama or Mississippi had to cross through Tennessee because of its location over the deep South. In 1862, the main forces of the Confederacy were forced below Tennessee, and Collierville (like much of the state) was under Federal control through the remainder of the war. There are two markers here: The Battle of Collierville and Chalmers' Collierville Raid.
W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville Historic Square
Stop and enjoy this charming square, lined with independently owned local businesses like coffee shops, restaurants and bookstores. In the center, you'll find Confederate Park, with its sidewalks laid out to form a Confederate flag. Visit the log cabin here: it's an 1851 stage coach rest stop. Walking Tour maps are available from the Main Street Collierville office in the historic Train Depot.
Collierville Depot Visitors Center
This is believed to be the third depot located in Collierville since the Memphis-Charleston Railroad was originally chartered in 1852. Today, the depot is the office for Main Street Collierville, a non-profit group that preserves the area. Pick up a Collierville Historic District Walking Tour brochure here.
Nestled among the large magnolia trees from which it received its name, this is the final resting place for Civil War soldiers, unknown soldiers and victims of the yellow fever epidemic of the 1870s.
435 S. Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Keough Rd. off Hwy 72
"Mississippi" Fred McDowell Historical Marker
On your way to Rossville, you'll pass this marker for one of America's eminent blues artists, born in Rossville in 1904. His style was rooted in the Delta blues tradition with a signature bottleneck guitar technique. "I make the guitar say what I say," said McDowell. "If I play 'Amazing Grace,' it'll sing that too." His influence spread beyond blues to gospel and popular artists.
Rossville Historic District
The 33 buildings and homes that contribute to the beautiful Historic District of Rossville date from before the Civil War to 1945.
460 Church St
Wolf River Cafe
This café sits on the site once occupied by Rossville's gas station, a favorite spot for dime Cokes and penny candy. The current restaurant has been a local favorite for over 20 years. The two businesses behind the café are housed in the town's original fire station and jail, which held only two prisoners at a time.
460 Main St.
Papi Joe's Tennessee Pepper Sauce
Papi Joe not only bottles his products by hand, but he also grows some of his own ingredients to ensure the best quality hot sauce you can buy. His home-grown organic Tabasco peppers are picked by hand and taken straight into his kitchen to become some of the best hot sauce you'll ever taste. From the dehydrating to the cutting and the final inspection, Joe Paul plays a role in each part of the process. His dedication to the quality of his products truly make all the difference.
505 Main St.
Battle of Moscow Historical Markers
Confederate cavalry ambushed a Union cavalry unit along the Memphis-Charleston Railroad here on December 4, 1863. The Union cavalry, including United States Colored Troops, managed to fend off the multi-pronged assault.
14075 Hwy 57
Downtown La Grange
This Antebellum center of Southern wealth, culture, and education was originally a Chickasaw village named "Itey Uch La," meaning "Cluster of Pines." Markers along Hwy 57/Main Street detail the town's origin and history, from Native American trading post to Union stronghold during the Civil War. Today, it has only about 200 inhabitants who care for the beautiful historic buildings along Hwy 57.
La Grange General Store
Also known as Pankey's Store, the La Grange General Store dates back to the early 1890s and was well-known as a La Grange landmark along Hwy 57 and Main Street. The store provides a flashback of rural country-store life when cotton was king and large, surrounding plantations depended on La Grange merchants to feed and supply the thriving community. The store is filled with these memories of the early 1890s through 1950s, and visitors are invited to come spend time with us around the store and hoop cheese wheel. Although the Store is not open on a regular schedule, your personal visit and party/wedding plans can be arranged by contacting The La Grange Inn.
20 Main Street
One stop shop for collectibles, antiques, furniture and more. Open Friday 1 pm-5 pm, Saturdays 10 am-5 pm and by appointment.
10 Main Street
Historic Homes & Buildings of La Grange
La Grange is home to many beautifully restored historic structures (some private residences), concentrated on Main Street/Hwy 57 and the few blocks to the north and south. Take your own detour off Main; the homes are visible from the street. Places of interest include Tiara, Westover of Woodstock, Tyrone Place, The Allen Cogbill Home, Hancock Hall, Twin Gables, Gable Villa, Woodlawn, LaGrange United Methodist Church, The Old Parsonage, Immanuel Episcopal Church, LaGrange Cemetery and LaGrange Civic Center.
N. Main St.
Mineral Slough Boardwalk & Winbon C. Cowan Trail
Interpretive markers identify native trees along the 600-foot long, elevated boardwalk and 1,500-foot walking trail, located in Ghost River State Natural Area. This site offers excellent bird watching year-round.
This 18,400-acre plantation is home to a wealth of 19th-century history pertaining to the settlement and culture of southwestern Tennessee. It is privately owned and operated, and functions as one of the Research and Education Centers for the University of Tennessee's Agricultural Experiment Station system. During the Heritage Festival each October, visitors can imagine life in the 1800s through re-enactments, demonstrations, and the historical buildings and furnishings of Heritage Village. In February, the plantation hosts the National Field Trial Championship for All-Age Bird Dogs.
National Bird Dog Museum
This museum houses information, art, photography, and memorabilia representing a variety of pointing dog and retriever breeds, hunting, field trial activities and shooting sports. The facility is designed for the enjoyment of all who appreciate the special partnership between man and dog. Dog lovers, don't forget to check out the gift shop.
505 W. Hwy 57
Junction Inn Restaurant
A local favorite offering country dining and comfort food at its very best.
107 Highway 57 W
Grand Junction, TN 38039
Davis Bridge Battlefield
Following the Battle of Corinth, a battle occurred at Davis Bridge on October 5, 1862. An all-day battle ensued for the bridge.
1145 Essary Springs Rd.
Big Hill Pond State Park
This beautiful park is situated at the junction of Tuscumbia River and Cypress Creek (off Hatchie River). Stop for history, hiking, horseback riding trails, playgrounds, picnic spots, fishing in Travis McNatt Lake and camping. Or just take a peaceful drive through the park.
Battle of Davis Bridge Young's Bridge
While you're in the state park, rejoin the Battle of Davis Bridge, which first engaged over the Hatchie River. Young's Bridge over the Tuscumbia River was the Confederates' fallback position, and much of the fighting actually took place between the two rivers.
1145 Essary Springs Rd
Hockaday Handmade Broom Shop & Museum
Here in this small shop next to his home, Jack Martin makes incredible handmade brooms of all kinds, using broomcorn grown on this farm and the same equipment his grandfather used in the early 1900s. Today, Jack's brooms are sought-after pieces of functional art, from the simplest brooms to pieces with carved handles and dyed bristles. You can find the brooms at select Whole Foods stores, or hear jazz drummers all over the country playing with his handmade drum brushes. Stop in for a truly unique experience.
2074 Hwy 142
Selmer's Musical Heritage Walking Trail and Downtown Area
In September of 1954, American music icons Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins met for the first time in McNairy County. This dimensional mural highlights the meeting's musical significance and celebrates the county's rockabilly history. Points of interest include two Rockabilly Murals, Rockabilly Park, Farmers' Market, the McNairy County Museum, McNairy County Courthouse, and The Latta Visitor's & Cultural Center. The annual Rockabilly Highway Revival is held in Downtown Selmer every June.
W. Court Ave.
Brush up on your rockabilly history at this fun restaurant, where each table tells the story of a different music pioneer and breakfast is served all day. Try homemade pimento cheese, a slugburger, or the famous Elvis sandwich--peanut butter and banana. They'll even grill it for you. Open 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
103 S. Front St.
Selmer, TN 38375
McNairy County Museum
Experience area history through military artifacts from the Civil and World Wars and items representing the county's rural heritage.
114 N. 3rd St.
This downtown institution has served short-order meals to three generations of residents. No visit to Selmer is complete without one of Pat's famous slugburgers.
Court Ave. & 3rd St.
Selmer, TN 38375
Hurst Nation Historical Marker
This area was once the Hurst Nation, a section of northwest McNairy County owned by Fielding Hurst, his siblings and allied families during the Civil War. The Hursts were publicly Unionist, a sentiment so strong that Fielding Hurst led a unit of his own family members and residents of Hurst Nation to serve with the Union Army. The old Hurst home is private property and not at this site.
1575 Buena Vista Rd.
Ada's Country Store
Visit Ada's for a little bit of everything: browse the great selection of Amish and Mennonite cookbooks, homemade breads, jams, jellies, health foods, cheeses, Amish rocking chairs and other hard-to-find items.
93653 Highway 45 N.
Cherokee Trail of Tears Historical Marker
In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, requiring all Native Americans to leave their homes and move west of the Mississippi River. In 1838, those who had not relocated voluntarily were rounded up and marched west, crossing through McNairy and Hardeman Counties. About a quarter of the 16,000 Cherokees died on the march from what is now Chattanooga into Kentucky and on to what we know as Oklahoma. Look for the marker on your right as you head south on Hwy 45.
Buford Pusser Monument & Crash Site
On August 21, 1974, Sheriff Buford Pusser died in a fiery crash four miles west of Adamsville when his Corvette left the road, hitting an embankment. The crash site is marked with a monument, and Hwy 64 has been named the Buford Pusser Highway in his honor.
Thousands of visitors stop to pay tribute to McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser and his family members here each year. Points of interest include the Adamsville Cemetery where Buford Pusser is buried, Gibbs Oil & Gas Collectibles Museum and the Old Home Motel owned by Sheriff Pusser's close friends and where he lived for several months after his home was damage by fire.
Sheriff Buford Pusser Home & Museum
Part museum and part memorial, this brick ranch home contains original furnishings, photos, guns and memorabilia of Buford Pusser and his family, including the recently added burned frame of the Corvette he was driving when he died. The documentation in this attraction is incredibly thorough, and knowledgeable guides can tell you everything you want to know about Pusser's life. While you're here, visit the gift shop and pick up your own famous Walking Tall Stick along with a map to other significant sites in the life of this legendary lawman.
Hagy's Catfish Hotel Restaurant
This restaurant, on the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River, is run by the third generation of the Hagy family and is one of the oldest family-owned restaurants in the country. Step inside to learn more about Mr. Garfield's cabin, which now sits in the parking lot. Garfield was a former slave and caretaker for the Hagys' original home.
Shiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark
Nearly 24,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured in the Battle of Shiloh when the Confederate forces took the Union Army by surprise before dawn at the place where they had stopped to rest on their march to Corinth, Mississippi. Visit one of America's best-preserved battlefields, with 151 monuments, 217 cannons and more than 450 historic tablets. A 10-mile, self-guided driving tour starts at the visitors center, beginning with a short video. Stop to take the tour, visit the gift shop, or just take a drive through the park for beautiful views of the Tennessee River. The location of Johnston's Last Bivouac is located on Hwy. 57. On a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River is the site where a Native American town stood over 800 years ago. Some of the rectangular mounds you see today were platforms for the town's important buildings, and the round-topped mounds were burial sites for the society's leaders and important members. Take the one-mile walking trail and see wayside exhibits and over three dozen individual house mounds, one of the only places in this area of the country where prehistoric home remains are still visible above ground. Learn more about the people who lived here at the Tennessee River Museum in Savannah.
Pickwick Lake & Pickwick Landing State Resort Park
The Pickwick Lake area includes the 1,400-acre Pickwick Landing State Resort Park offering excellent fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking, plus a marina and golf course. Make a night of it at the Park Inn, cabins, or campsites, or catch a meal at the restaurant. Other points of interest in the area include the TVA Dam on the Tennessee River and several unique restaurants and clubs including Freddy T's Restaurant and Beach Club, Jon's Pier, The Broken Spoke, the Redwood Hut and more.
Points of interest in the City of Savannah includes the Savannah Cemetery where Alex Haley's grandparents, Queen and Alex, are buried. Queen worked in nearby Cherry Mansion, and Alex ran the Cherry family's ferry boat across the Tennessee River. Also buried here is Mary Elizabeth Patterson, best known for her role as Mrs. Matilda Trumball, Little Ricky's babysitter on the classic television series, "I Love Lucy." Shopping in Savannah includes K&T Shoes where you can find great famous-brand shoe bargains for the family; Greene's Interiors and Antiques offering furniture, fixtures, accessories and gifts, and unique apparel stores such as Grace Hyde.
Cherry St. S.
Tennessee River Museum
Located next door to the courthouse and home to the Hardin County Convention & Visitors Bureau, this is a great place to explore the history of the lower Tennessee River Valley. You'll see exhibits on prehistoric times, Native American mound builders, the Civil War and steamboats. Learn about the Tennessee River and its influence on the land, people and heritage of Tennessee.
Beech River Heritage Museum
Learn more about the geology, native inhabitants, early settlers and Civil War history of Henderson County. Don't miss the reconstructed log cabin inside. Across the street, you can experience this small town square's shops and restaurants including Stewart's Coffee Corner which opened in 1878.
26 S Broad St.
Natchez Trace State Park
With 48,000 acres of scenic woodlands, the state park includes four lakes, a swimming beach, the 47-room Pin Oak Lodge & Restaurant, cabins, a group lodge, camping areas, picnic sites, playgrounds, a ball field, a regulation pistol firing range, picturesque hiking trails, a wrangler camp, 250 miles of horse riding trails, a park store and an archery range. 567 Pin Oak Ln., Lexington, 731-968-8176, 800-250-8616
Parker's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield
On New Year's Eve in 1862, Confederate General Forrest and his men were confronted by two Union brigades commanded by General Jeremiah C. Sullivan. Relive the battle that followed at the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield, with two walking trails and a free, self-guided driving tour available at the information center.
20945 Hwy 22N
Beech Lake & Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
This lake is part of a six-lake watershed with a total of 3,000 acres of surface area and 100 miles of shoreline, providing a variety of outdoor recreation activities. The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce is located on the east side of the lake on Eastern Shores Drive. Tourist information can be picked up here.
Bob Henderson Rd.
B.E. Scott's BBQ
This legendary spot has been serving locally raised, whole-hog BBQ since 1960. Its most recent honor was being voted in the top 10 "Country's Best BBQ Joints" by "Vanity Fair" magazine.
Lexington, TN 38351
Cotton Grove Community
In 1812, several families formed a settlement here in what became Madison County. In 1821, they grew the first cotton in the county, and by 1854, the area included a post office and stagecoach stop. Today, only the road and the Baptist church retain the Cotton Grove name.
Cotton Grove Rd.
This peaceful 575-acre man-made lake, operated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, offers small boat rentals, boat ramps, fishing, bait, tackle and a picnic area.
Cotton Grove Road
Jackson, TN 38305
Salem Cemetery Battlefield
Approximately 1,000 soldiers engaged in the battle between Confederate General Forrest's cavalry and Union troops here in 1862. Take the self-guided tour and visit monuments honoring Union and Confederate soldiers killed in battle. The cemetery is also the resting place of Adam Huntsman, who defeated David Crockett in 1836 for a role in Congress, influencing Crockett's decision to leave for Texas, where he died in the Battle of the Alamo. Continue SW on Cotton Grove Rd. to N. Parkway E/Paul Coffman Dr. and turn R. The road becomes Flex Dr. and dead-ends at US-70.
West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex & The Ballpark at Jackson
On over 70 acres of land with 17 fields are used for baseball and softball games and tournaments. Adjacent is The Ballpark at Jackson, home to The Jackson Generals, a Class AA professional baseball team affliliated with the Seattle Mariners, which boasts a 6,000 seat stadium with club house seating with private rooms for rent as well as a large covered picnic area.
250 BancorpSouth Pkwy.
Madison County Courthouse
Historic Downtown Jackson is centered around the Madison County Courthouse where Congressman David Crockett angrily addressed a crowd in 1835, proclaiming ""the rest of you can go to hell, for I am going to Texas."" A year later he was killed at the Alamo. Across the street you will find a 1927 former hotel which has been restored to its original beauty, and now hosts parties, receptions, and events throughout the year. Make sure to notice the intricate woodwork and paneled walls in the lobby- great care has been put into authenticity. Catch a cup of specialty coffee or enjoy a scoop of homemade ice cream at the Green Frog Coffee Co. next door. Within walking distance you will find Miss Ollie's Piano Bar, Dixie Castle Restaurant, Baker's Rack famous for their breakfast and lunch specials and desserts, and Yesterday's Antiques and Ceramics. Also located downtown is one of the few original art deco style Greyhound Bus Stations, Jaxon Recording Studio, Charlie Bulldogs Restaurant, and West Tennessee Farmers Market.
100 E Main St.
The Carnegie Center for Arts and History
Learn area history through the free, family-oriented exhibits and programs housed in a former Carnegie Library. New exhibits include the Civil War in West Tennessee and music history of the area.
305 E. College Ave.
Greyhound Bus Station
This 1938 bus station still welcomes and bids farewell to passengers.
1400 Hwy 70 E
Officially known as the Ned R. McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center, locals simply call it "The Ned," and know it as the best place to experience the finest musical and stage acts. Exhibits fill the lobby gallery.
314 East Main Street
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.
Jackson City Walk
Jackson City Walk, a Healthy Community Development, creates a return to neighborhood living. The inclusive 17-acre site is a gateway project that infuses new homes and commerce in Downtown Jackson with a shift to wellness thinking. At the heart of the neighborhood, the Jackson City Walk Development aptly engages residents, health and fitness enthusiasts, shop owners and visitors. LIFT (Living Fit In Tennessee) Wellness Center, a community anchor and program of West Tennessee Healthcare Center, champions the effort to improve Healthy Living.
101 Jackson Walk Plaza
First Presbyterian Church & Cemetery
Approaching this church, you'll drive through a State Certified Arboretum on its grounds. The church's carillon is dedicated to the soldiers of Jackson and Madison County who offered and gave their lives for our country. The bells themselves were founded and tuned in France in the late 1940s. They chime regularly, and offer the spectacular prelude to the Jackson Starlight Symphony, a free annual concert on the church lawn. On the church grounds you will find Memorial Hall, a 1918 home built by Clarence Pigford named Chevy Chase. The original property known as Willow Banks was home of Confederate Colonel William H. Stephens in 1824.
620 State St.
Old Hickory Mall
Old Hickory Mall features food, entertainment, and shopping for the entire family. The mall is anchored by Belk, JC Penney, Macy's and Sears. Enjoy over 70 specialty stores including American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Buckle, Claire's, Earthbound Trading Company, Justice, Kay Jewelers, Radio Shack, Victoria's Secret and many other unique specialty stores. Enjoy our food court and other restaurants like Chick-fil-A and Chuck E. Cheese.
2021 N Highland Ave
Jackson, TN 38305
Bumpus Harley Davidson
Locally owned by Scott & Angie Bumpus, there is always something going on at Bumpus Harley-Davidson. Other than having the best Harley-Davidson stock around, there is always something entertaining going on. From fundraisers for charities, to music and food in the parking lot, you are guaranteed a good time with Bumpus!
326 Carriage House Drive
Yarbro's Antique Mall
This shop is known for its great selection of antiques and unique furniture.
350 Carriage House Dr
Jackson, TN 38305
Old Town Spaghetti Store
Home of the Country Italian Grill. Whether you are looking for the best Italian food in town or a just a fun place to hang out and have a good laugh, there is no place in Jackson like the Old Town Spaghetti Store.
550 Carriage House Dr.
Baudo's Restaurant and South Street Comedy Club
Owner Sharon Baudo invites you to enjoy the great food, superb wine list, & famous desserts. Enjoy live standup comedy at South Street Comedy Club Fri & Sat nights.
559 Wiley Parker Road
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.
Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store and Casey Jones Village
This popular site is a combination Southern family restaurant, charming gift and confectionery shoppe, authentically recreated 1890s ice cream parlor and fudge shoppe, take-out restaurant and country store with thousands of antiques.
56 Casey Jones Ln.
Jackson, TN 38305
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.
Denmark Presbyterian Church & Britton Lane Battlefield
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. Turn right on TN-223/Denmark-Jackson Road and go approximately 4.7 miles to Britton Lane Battlefield, where Union and Confederate troops accidently met in 1862. They battled for four hours and 87 Union soldiers were imprisoned in the Denmark Presbyterian Church. The site includes a mass Confederate grave site and a log cabin used as a hospital during the war.
Carl Perkins Civic Center & Unity Park
A true multipurpose building, it is named after Jackson's own rock 'n' roll music pioneer, Carl Perkins, who spent his adult life in Jackson. The main-stage auditorium seats 2,200 and hosts a multitude of events, including the annual Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant. Across the street you will find Unity Park, dedicated in 2001 as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the 1999 tornadoes that devastated the area, and as a tribute to the spirit of unity in Jackson/Madison County. The park itself was hit by a tornado in 2003, a storm so strong it picked up one of the giant concrete spheres and deposited it nearby. At the back of the Civic Center parking lot, you will find the Jackson Chamber of Commerce which houses the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau.
400 S. Highland Ave.
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.
Jackson Fairgrounds Park
This park includes grandstand facilities, a .25-mile track and public fishing lakes. It hosts events all year; make a stop on the first Saturday of the month to find your treasure at Friendly Frank's Flea Market.
800 S. Highland Ave.
Carl Perkins was one of the original owners of this restaurant, and it's still locally owned after 27 years. Enjoy a bottomless basket of hushpuppies and a bowl of slaw while you wait for your main course.
1290 S Highland Ave
Jackson, TN 38301
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.
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.
Bray's Furniture & Antique Mall
After you've seen some of the oldest signs of Native American life, check out the antiques here. The shop is inside Bray's Furniture Store; entrance is in the back.
Pinson, TN 38366
This 1966 market offers a unique selection of gifts, pottery (including Fiesta), fireworks and a large selection of cement statues and fountains. Pick out a garden stone, a place setting or a brick of bottle rockets.
Henderson, TN 38340
Operating here since 1954, Bell's has been serving the best burgers this side of heaven for over half a century, and has received the Best Hamburger Award given by the Tennessee Cooperative Magazine for six consecutive years. If you come around lunch time, expect a wait; it's a local favorite. Don't leave without trying one of their award winning milkshakes. Closed Sun.
204 S Church Ave
Henderston, TN 38340
Historic Front Street
Front Street was the site of a Mobile & Ohio Railroad station, and also home to Henderson's first businesses in the 1800s. Today, the street continues to thrive with unique shops like LaVon's Timeless Treasures, Happy Kids Consignment Shop and Robertson's Trading Post. To the north, you will find Henderson Cemetery which is the final resting place of Dr. J.D. Smith, Sr. who developed the City of Henderson in 1871, N.B. Hardeman of Freed-Hardeman University, and Hubert T. McGee, the architect of the Pink Palace in Memphis. Across Main Street from Front Street, is the First United Methodist Church which was organized and built on the current lot in 1872, burned in 1890 and rebuilt in 1892. The exterior was used for funeral scenes in the 1972 filming of ""Walking Tall"". Just down Main, you will find the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, the Chester County Courthouse and Freed-Hardeman University.
117 Front St.
Between 1869 and 1908, this school produced teachers, preachers, businessmen, and others during the Reconstruction Era. In 1907, the name was changed to the West Tennessee Christian College with A.G. Freed as president and N. B. Hardeman as vice president, and the university was renamed in their honor in 1919. FHU has been formally affiliated with the Churches of Christ since 1923, and hosts over 2,000 students from 31 states and 21 foreign countries today. Roland Historical Room is located in the Old Main Building. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. or by appointment.
158 E Main St
Henderson, TN 38340
Hilton's Jacks Creek Bar-B-Que
Traditional Chester County BBQ has been served on this corner as far back as locals can remember. This unassuming spot has even been featured in Southern Living magazine. A historical marker across the street gives more history on the Jack's Creek area. Closed Mon.
Jacks Creek, TN 38347
Siler's Old Time BBQ
For a taste of true tradition, stop at Siler's. Local legend has it that this place has been a BBQ pit in some form or fashion for over 150 years. It honors the old-time smoke ways of the whole hog method and uses sorghum molasses in place of corn syrup. The restaurant is "open when the hog is on, closed when the hog is gone." Open Thurs.-Sat.
Henderson, TN 38340
Rich and Valeria Pitoni operate this secluded but friendly farm, home to goats, sheep, turkeys, dogs, horses, and one very social donkey. Valeria makes wonderful natural soaps and gourd artwork here, too; you'll see her wares at places like Neely House (point 128) and West Tennessee Farmers Market (point 112). Stillwaters happily welcomes visitors, just call on your way over and make sure someone's home. With a little advance planning, you can spend a night or two in The Cottage on the grounds.
Chickasaw State Park
The park takes its name from the historic Chickasaw tribe of Native Americans who used this area as their hunting ground until their removal via the Trail of Tears (see point 64) in 1837. The park is situated on some of the highest terrain in West Tennessee and offers cabins, campgrounds, a group lodge, gift shop, a restaurant, playgrounds, fishing, hiking, swimming, horse stables, boating and much more.
Bolivar Historic Districts
As you tour Bolivar, you'll pass through three districts on the National Historic Register: the Bills McNeal District, North Main District, and Court Square District. Points of Interest in these districts include Manor House, Mallory Manor, Presbyterian Manse, St. James Episcopal Church & Ingram Hall, The Pillars, McNeal Place, Polk Cemetery, The Columns, Wright House-Ashley Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Levi Joy Baker House, Luez Theater, Farmers Market, ane the Hardeman County Courthouse. Info available at Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce located at 114 S. Main Street.
The Little Courthouse Museum
This 1824 structure was the first courthouse in Bolivar, and thought to be one of three remaining log courthouses in the country. The museum offers changing exhibits relating to area history. Open 2nd & 4th Sat. each month, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
215 E. Market St.
Culver's Flea Market
Ready to hunt for treasure? This friendly flea market is the place. If the big bear is still there, its a great photo opp!
Whiteville, TN 38075
Bäckermann’s Country Market
It's worth the visit to this Mennonite family store just to inhale the heavenly smell of freshly baked breads and treats. Stop in for cheeses, specialty breads, jellies, ciders, soaps, tonics, cookbooks and bulk items. Pick up a bottle of Yoder's Good Health Recipe, a natural tonic to treat and relieve everything from arthritis to acid reflux.
Whiteville, TN 38075
Somerville Country Club
The 9-hole "Somerville" course at the Somerville Country Club facility in Somerville, Tennessee features 2,946 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36 . The course rating is 34.4 and it has a slope rating of 111. Somerville golf course opened in 1968.
Take a break from driving at the shops and restaurants in this quaint small town. It's home to Fayette County's Annual Cotton Festival in September. The Fayette County Courthouse was built in 1825 and burned in 1925. The new Courthouse was completed in 1926. Farmers Hardware & Home Furnishing is family operated with a motto of "125 years behind the times" Lots of history can be found here including stories of finding pre-Civil War bullets in the store's walls. Main Street Eatery is family owned and operated specializing in home-cooked meats, veggies, and desserts. The Fair Theater was built in 1935 and purchased by the Town in 1999. Extensive renovations were needed to host the variety of events it does today. More points of interest include St. Thomas Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, Frogmore, Magnolia Place, Somerville City Cemetery, and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.
W. Court Square
Tent City Historical Marker
When the Fayette County Civic and Welfare League conducted the first voter registration drive among African-American citizens in the rural South, many who participated were forced from their homes. This marker stands on the spot of the Tent City encampment that became their refuge.
La Grange Rd.
Boondocks Western Store
Boondocks offers the latest styles in boots and apparel from brands that have been staples in the western industry for years. You will find quality goods at the lowest price possible. We take great pride in making sure you are fitted properly and look great in your selections. We don't want to be a "Jack-of-All Trades" store, we want to be experts at what we do; so we only focus on boots, apparel and accessories. We leave the animal feed and tractor parts to the other guys.
This studio and shop handcrafts tableware, accessories, and jewelry with a perfect pewter patina. Their work received first- and second-place honors in a competition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and their coffee services and water pitchers are part of a permanent museum display. Tours by appointment.
Oakland Presbyterian Church
Built in 1889, most of this original structure still remains. Original doors and hardware grace the entrance, and ornate wooden pews, Gothic-style stained glass windows and hand-carved pulpit capture the era in which the building was constructed.
14799 Church St
Davies Manor Plantation
This 1807 plantation home is perhaps the oldest building in all of West Tennessee. It sits on a designated Century Farm, and is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat. The property includes a Native American mound dating back 2,000 years. Closed Sun. & Mon.
Historic Old Bartlett
This railroad and stagecoach town dates back to 1829. Explore the shops and restaurants of the Bartlett Station area or take a break in the park.
Charles Vergos' Rendezvous
Dry rubbed, then grilled over charcoal, the ribs express an intensely seasoned taste redolent of paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and oregano. Rendezvous has been visited by presidents, rock groups, celebrities--the White House has had official dinners catered by Rendezvous, as well as informal "send out" dinners.
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken is 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., and that it's worth flying to just to have a meal. High praise, and it's deserved.
Hunt Phelan Home
Built mostly by slave labor in 1828, the Hunt-Phelan Home displays a rich and elegant past. Several hundred slaves were taught English by members of the Freedmen's Bureau at an on-site school house.
533 Beale St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Peaceful Oaks Bed Breakfast and Barn
Situated on 36 secluded wooded acres, Peaceful Oaks Bed Breakfast and Barn is a perfect country getaway to give you that middle-of-nowhere feel but also the convenience to nearby area attractions.
636 Barnes Road
Jackson, TN 38355
Jones Orchard in Millington, TN, has been providing the best in fresh fruits to Memphis and the mid-South for over 6 decades: apples, blackberries, blueberries, nectarines, peaches, plums, strawberries.
7170 Highway 51 North
Millington, TN 38053
Duncan Christmas Tree Farm and Gift Shop
Enjoy the aroma of hot coffee brewing while you enjoy the gift shop at Duncan Christmas Tree Farm. Duncan Christmas Tree Farm is a member of the Tennessee Christmas Tree Growers Association.
Parkers Crossroads RV Park & Repair Svcs
Big Rig and Pet Friendly RV Park. Open year round. 35 full service sites. Daily, Weekly, Monthly rates. Concrete Pads available. Good Sams Park. Discount for Good Sams, FMCA Members, Tents for Troops, Active Duty.