Brownsville

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.

Mindfield

1 Mindfield Alley, Brownsville, TN 38012; (731) 772-2193; Fax: (731) 772-2195;E-Mail: brownsvillechamber@newwavecomm.net; Web Site: www.haywoodcountybrownsville.com
A 75-foot steel sculpture created by Brownsville artist Billy Tripp. A work in progress full of symbols about life. Free admission.

College Hill Center

P. O. Box 575, 127 N. Grand Ave., Brownsville, TN 38012;(731) 772-4883; Web Site: www.haywoodcountybrownsville.com
Built as Brownsville Baptist Female College in 1851, 1911 to 1970 as Haywood County High School, then renovated and re-opened in 1990 as the College Hill Center and houses several museums and a meeting/reception room. The Haywood County Museum traces the heritage and history of the county and its people, beginning with the Indian period and proceeding to the present traveling through eight 25-year segments which display artifacts, documents, photographs and memorabilia of days gone by. Of special note is a display of uniforms from The War Between the States, Spanish-American War, World War I and II, Korean, Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts and a sports room dedicated to teams and individuals who have achieved local, state and national recognition. The Abraham Lincoln Collection was a two-generation project of the late Morton Felsenthal and his father, which was left to the citizens of Haywood County in 1982 at Felsenthal’s death. Free admission. Open Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.

Brownsville Historic District

Brownsville-Haywood County Chamber of Commerce,121 W. Main, Brownsville, TN 38012; (731) 772-2193;Fax: (731) 772-2195;E-Mail: brownsvillechamber@newwavecomm.net;Web Site: www.haywoodcountybrownsville.com
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, this site contains 50 homes and churches along with the College Hill Center. A walking/driving tour tape or CD is available from the Chamber of Commerce.