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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; a bale of cotton bound the old way and a new compact modern bale, an old roller gin; and cotton baskets, sacks and scales from when cotton was picked by hand... just a few of the things you will see and learn about.

White Oak Basket Collection: A unique collection of White Oak Baskets from the collection of the late Newman Walpole.

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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.

Learn about legends such as Carl Perkins,
Tina Turner,
"Sleepy" John Estes and, of course,
Elvis Presley!

Elvis is in the house!

On loan from Graceland: A rotating exhibit of Elvis memorabilia featuring items from his private wardrobe to tour artifacts.

Elvis 68 Comeback Special

"The Element Man" greets visitors to the Music Museum at the door. Constructed in 1997, by employees of Haywood Element, this sculpture was originally an entry in Brownsville's annual Scarecrow Contest and is made completely from heating elements.

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Hatchie River Museum

The Hatchie River Museum highlights the last "wild" river and it’s eco system and includes 3 fesh 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.

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John Adam Estes Home
(1899-1977)

John Adam Estes was one of the great blues pioneers. He was born in Ripley, Tenn., and moved to Brownsville at a very young age.

He was a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with a very high-pitched "crying" vocal style. He earned his nickname "Sleepy" from his habit of falling asleep during performances.

By age 19 he was performing professionally and first recorded for Victor Records in Memphis in 1929. He performed and recorded continuously until about 1941, 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. The home is open and visitors are welcomed inside.

"Sleepy" John, along with fellow Brownsville Bluesmen Yank Rachel and Hammie Nixon are also featured in the West Tennessee Music Museum.

This mural of the Brownsville Bluesmen, by Brownsville artist Mark Kendrick, is featured on the back wall of the West Tennessee Music Museum.





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Felsenthal Lincoln Collection

Lincoln CollectionA portion of the Felsenthal Lincoln Collection is on display at the Center. The collection is considered to be 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 College Hill Center in Brownsville.

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