Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School
While visiting the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, be sure to peek inside the newly-restored Flagg Grove School. This once one-room schoolhouse attended by a young Anna Mae Bullock (a.k.a. Tina Turner) is now home to a collection of the “Queen of Rock’s” memorabilia, including costumes, gold records and even her high school yearbook!
You’ll also experience what learning must have been like for African-Americans students in the 1940s and early ’50s, including an authentic chalkboard, desks and benches preserved along with the structure.
West Tennessee Cotton Museum
The West Tennessee Cotton Museum traces the roots of cotton in West Tennessee from 1826 to the present, showing the impact cotton has had on the lives of the people in this region.
Featured in the Cotton Museum are old plows, fertilizers and planters pulled by mules and horses during the early days of cotton; an old roller gin; and cotton baskets, sacks and scales from when cotton was picked by hand. This museum also features the White Oak Basket Collection, a unique assortment from the collection of the late Newman Walpole.
West Tennessee Music Museum
Inside the West Tennessee Music Museum, you will learn the reason the highway between Nashville and Memphis is known as “Music Highway.” Many great artist have called West Tennessee home, including legends such as Carl Perkins, Tina Turner, “Sleepy” John Estes and, of course…
…Elvis Presley! This museum features a rotating exhibit of Elvis memorabilia (on loan from Graceland), including items from his private wardrobe and tour artifacts.
Hatchie River Museum
The Hatchie River Museum highlights the last “wild” river and it’s eco systems, and includes three fresh water aquariums. The Hatchie River is important because it is the longest free-flowing tributary of the lower Mississippi, and contains the largest forested floodplain in Tennessee.
The river is home to hundreds of species of fish including 11 species of catfish and the alligator snapping turtle. Inside the museum, you will see a replica of the Alligator Snapping turtle, which can grow up to 240 pounds!
Uncle Luther is the resident storyteller in the Hatchie River Museum. Uncle Luther is modeled after the late Luther Windrow, a Haywood County resident who grew up on the Hatchie River. At the museum, the animated Uncle Luther tells about his life on the Hatchie and how things have changed since his ancestors first settled the area.
The Hatchie River was named by the Nature Conservancy as one of the 75 great places to save.
John Adam Estes Home
John Adam Estes (1899-1977) was one of the great Blues pioneers. He was born in Ripley, TN, and moved to Brownsville at a very young age. He was a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with a very high-pitched “crying” vocal style, but earned his nickname “Sleepy” from his habit of falling asleep during performances.
By age 19 “Sleepy” John was performing professionally, and first recorded for Victor Records in Memphis in 1929. He performed and recorded continuously until about 1941, then made a brief return in 1952 when he recorded at Sun Studio. He died in 1977 while preparing for a European tour.
The last home of “Sleepy” John is located on the grounds of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, and is completely open to the public. “Sleepy” John, along with fellow Brownsville Bluesmen Yank Rachel and Hammie Nixon are also featured in the West Tennessee Music Museum!
Felsenthal Lincoln Collection
A portion of the Felsenthal Lincoln Collection is on display at the Center. The collection is one of the largest privately-owned collections in the Southeast, and includes over 800 pieces of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia and related artifacts.
Morton Felsenthal left the collection to Haywood County upon his death in 1989. More of the collection can be seen at the College Hill Center in Brownsville, TN.
April to September
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
October to March
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 1am – 5pm
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