VISITORS SOAK IN THE AMBIANCE of West Tennessee and the Delta. It is in the moist soil that produces crops shipped around the nation and cotton found in products around the world. Tipton County Museum, Covington And it is in the air. It creates the feeling that anyone can do anything. Just stop by the Weakley County Library and the Ned R. McWherter Museum in Dresden to learn about a son of sharecroppers who grew up to become Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives and then governor. Spend some time relaxing at Big Cypress Tree State Park. The legendary Paul McCartney once stated in a documentary, “If there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles.” In Tiptonville, those stopping by the visitors’ center can visit Perkins’ boyhood home or grab a meal at Boyette’s—in business since 1921. After years of running “The World’s Largest Biker Bar” and starring in his own reality show, Michael Ballard returned to his hometown of Trimble to open Full Throttle S’loonshine Distillery. Tours are available. Kick up some dust or fly through the air at the Bikini Bottoms Off-Road and Zip Line Park in Dyersburg. Chickasaw State Park, Henderson Covington’s Main Street and Courthouse Square offers unique shops, from handmade items to antiques. Down the street a bit stands the Tipton County Museum, which also houses the Veterans Memorial, a moving tribute to servicemen and women. Covington’s square offers unique choices for food as does the small town of Mason—home to Bozo’s Hot Pit Bar-B-Q and the original location of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. For those hungry traveling through Henderson, whether they spell it barbecue, barbeque or Bar-B-Q, it can be found in Chester County, as can the peaceful Chickasaw State Park. Interested in agritourism? Visit Stillwaters Farm and buy products raised and produced right there on the farm. Or, if you enjoy theater, don’t miss The Dixie in Huntingdon.
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