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Sheriff Buford Pusser Home & Museum
342 Pusser Street, P.O. Box 301, Adamsville, TN 38310;(731) 632-4080 or (731) 632-1401; Fax: (731) 632-4085; E-mail: email@example.com; Web Site: www.bufordpussermuseum.com
Suburban home of the late Buford Pusser, McNairy County’s world famous sheriff featured in the “Walking Tall” movies and television series. Site contains cars, original furnishings, a short video presentation, and a host of memorabilia depicting the life of Sheriff Pusser from childhood through his famed law enforcement career. Open Nov 1-April 30: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m.; May 1-Oct 31: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Admission.
Coon Creek Science Center
2985 Hardin Graveyard Rd.; Adamsville, TN 38310; (901) 639-2362; Fax (731) 632-4850; For more information, call (901) 320-6320. For reservations, call (901) 320-6362
Just imagine! Clams, snails, crabs, sharks, and giant mosasaurs living in Tennessee! That would be the scene approximately 70 million years ago in what is now West Tennessee as the ancient Gulf of Mexico covered the land. How do we know? A visit to Coon Creek Science Center will help answer this question. One of the most important fossil sites in North America. Acquired by the Memphis Museum System in 1988, this property contains a treasure lode of superbly preserved Upper Cretaceous marine shells and vertebrate remains left there 70 million years ago when the water of the Gulf of Mexico receded. Coon Creek Science Center is solely operated and maintained by Memphis Museums, Inc. Visits to the center are limited to organized groups.
Tennessee Safari Park
637 Conley Road, Alamo, TN 38001; (731) 697-7360; Web Site:www.tennesseesafaripark.com
Located just off Hwy. 412 approximately 16 miles from I-40 Exit 79, Tennessee Safari Park is West Tennessee’s newest attraction with 100 acres that are home to over 300 animals including more than 60 species of exotic animals found in Africa. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. - last car at 4:30 p.m.
Green Frog Farm
Hwy 412, Bells, TN 38006; (731) 663-3319; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web Site: www.greenfrogfarm.org
Located 14 miles west of Jackson. Beginning in 1991 with a donated country store with an 1840-era log house, Green Frog has grown to include all the elements of a rural southern village. From the simple pioneer homestead to a country church and blacksmith’s shop, you can enjoy West Tennessee history in a beautiful pastoral setting. Stroll the scenic grounds in the shade of 75 varieties of trees that comprise the Louise Pearson Memorial Arboretum. Marvel at the awesome machinery of a 1915 four-stand Continental gin that is the centerpiece of the Cotton Museum of the South. Guided tours available with advance notice. Look for seasonal flavors featuring blackberries and blueberries grown on the family farm. Refresh at TNQ BarBQue with some of the best barbeque and other treats. Create memories by hosting your special occasion in the lovingly restored May Chapel, banquet hall and event barn. Spend a special day or two in the new log cabin bed and breakfast. Green Frog is the perfect place for weddings, reunions, and meetings.
Crockett County Chamber of Commerce
29 North Bells Street, Alamo, TN 38001; (731) 696-5120;Fax: (731) 696-4855; E-mail: email@example.com; Web Site: www.crockettchamber.com
A non-profit voluntary organization of business and professional people, working together to build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life in the community. Evidence of the Chamber’s work can be seen everywhere in the County. The annual Business Expo, one of the best trade shows in West Tennessee, is attended by over 2,000 people each year in March. With its annual Cruise in Crockett Auto, Motorcycle & Tractor Show held in September, the Chamber provides an enjoyable event for our enthusiast as well as entertainment and games/activities for the entire family. The Chamber also assists with the West Tennessee Cotton Festival (Aug.), Green Frog Pioneer Village Family Fall Festival (Sept.) and the Bells Fall Fest (Oct.). Visit the Chamber to learn more about Crockett County, a unique place with a different pace.
Hardeman County Courthouse
Court Square, Bolivar, TN; Hardeman Co. Chamber,P.O. Box 313, Bolivar, TN 38008; (731) 658-6554;Web Site: www.hardemancountychamber.org
The centerpieces of historic Hardeman County are its courthouses. Its first, built in 1824, is the earliest surviving courthouse in West Tennessee and now serves as the Little Courthouse Museum. The second, burned by Union forces in 1864, was replaced in 1868 by the current Italianate style courthouse.
Bolivar Historic Districts
Hardeman County Chapter, Association for Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, Hardeman County Chamber,P.O. Box 313, Bolivar, TN 38008; (731) 658-6554;Web Site: www.hardemancountychamber.org
Bolivar is graced with three distinct historic districts. The North Main District contains more than 20 homes ranging in dates from the 1840s to the 1940s representing many architectural styles. Court Square District includes the 1868 Courthouse, as well as one of the only three log courthouses left in the U. S.; Bills-McNeal Historic District contains several outstanding antebellum mansions. Special arrangements for groups welcomed.
The Dunbar Carver Alumni Museum and Cultural Center
709 East Jefferson Street; Brownsville, TN 38012; 731-772-8719 or 731-772-6088; Web Page: www.dunbarcarvermuseum.org
The Dunbar Carver Alumni Museum and Cultural Center is the only museum of its kind in West Tennessee. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans as actors, creators, and planners versus reactors to their environment. The museum focuses heavily on the strengths of the African American community as a people who were legally disenfranchised and social, psychologically and physically abused and its effect for generations. Hours are 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Private tours are available by calling 731-772-8719 or 731-772-6088. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are accepted. More information about Dunbar - Carver schools and alumni are available at:www.dunbarcarveralumni.com.
West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
I-40 Exit 56, 121 Sunny Hill Cove (behind McDonalds), Brownsville, TN 38012; (731) 779-9000; Fax: (731) 779-9001; Web Site: www.westtnheritage.com
An Authentic Southern Experience! Celebrate the music, cotton and beauty of the Tennessee Delta. Located conveniently between Memphis and Nashville just off of Interstate 40 at Exit 56, and features the home of Blue pioneer "Sleepy" John Estes and Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner. More than 8,000 square feet of exhibit space including 3 fresh water aquariums with native fish and other animals found in the Tennessee Delta. Other exhibits include Cotton, the Scenic Hatchie River, West Tennessee Music and a unique Lincoln Collection. Browse the gift shop filled with local and regional handmade items. Open Monday - Saturday, 9-5; Sunday 1-5. Free Admission.
Sleepy John Estes’ Home
121 Sunny Hill Cove, Brownsville, TN 38012; (731) 772-2193
Home of one of the world’s most famous blues musicians that has been partially reconstructed on site at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center and filled with photographs and momentos of Sleepy John and Brownsville blues men Yank Rachell and Hammie Nixon, who performed with Sleepy John Estes.
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