Wilson attracts heritage tourists interested in Delta life and culture. Visitors enjoy seeing Dyess, a Depression-era colony and boyhood home of Johnny Cash; Tyronza, home of the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum; and many of the attractions on the Great River Road and the Blues Highway. A short 45-minute drive from Memphis means easy access to the National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Beale Street Historic and Entertainment District and other one-of-a-kind cultural sites.
The iconic center of Delta culture, Memphis is rich in history, unforgettable food and soulful sounds of quintessential American music. From the fun and attractions of Mud Island on the Mississippi River to historic Beale Street to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Memphis is the place to be for urban adventures. Museums, galleries, historic sites, festivals and great places to stay, from hip to historic, make Memphis an undeniable attraction. Visit Stax, Sun Studio, the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the National Civil Rights Museum and the famous Peabody Hotel. And that’s just the beginning.
Known as the boyhood home of Johnny Cash, Dyess, Arkansas, was the largest Depression-era Colony town established as part of the New Deal’s agricultural programs. Its original building, the Dyess Colony Center, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tyronza, one of the oldest towns in the area, is where the Southern Tenant Farmers movement started in the 1930s. Today, a museum tells the story of sharecroppers and their campaign for better treatment. Tyboogie’s is a favorite eaterie stop for travelers. The former steamboat port of Osceola holds an important place in the growth of blues music. Its historic buildings and Johnny Cash Heritage Festival attract visitors to Osceola’s downtown.
From Nashville to Memphis to New Orleans, the road to great music goes straight through the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Learn about the complex layers of history and sound that developed from the interaction of people of Native American, African and European heritage. The Gold Record Road through the Americana Music Triangle is a fascinating look at the historical and cultural attractions that tell our musical story. Travel the roads “where history made music, then music made history.”
In West Tennessee, the 1,400-acre Chickasaw State Park, has hiking and biking trails, fishing, boat rental, horseback riding and lodging. The Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge is the longest continuous naturally meandering river in the lower Mississippi River Valley. Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park has a nature center and other facilities atop the magnificent Chickasaw Bluffs. Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas has extensive cypress swamp and breeding habitat for songbirds. Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge became a swamp ecosystem after the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12. Horseshoe Lake invites fishermen, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts.
An energetic rockabilly pianist, Jason D. Williams puts on a show that you aren’t likely to forget.
Time: 8-10 p.m. CDT
Location: The Grange at Wilson Gardens
Tickets: $45, Purchase Here