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West Tennessee Treasures - Adamsville - Buford Pusser Home and Museum

By Brittany Patterson
By bpatterson@wbbjtv.com

ADAMSVILLE, Tenn.- The legendary Sheriff Buford Pusser once called Adamsville "home."

"The things that he did with good triumphing over evil - I think everyone likes to see that happen," said Buford Pusser's daughter, Dwana Pusser.

"He done so much in a short time and at a young age," said Buford Pusser Home and Museum Curator, Patsy Blevins. "He done more than anyone else could have done in 10 or 20 years."

Nearly 38 years after his death, Buford Pusser's home - now a museum - is still doing good for the area. Blevins estimates close to 5,000 tourists walk through the home each year.

"That's saying a whole lot for a little town right at 2,000 people," said Dwana Pusser. "We couldn't be prouder. The tax dollars that it brings in through tourism, we get to keep and use in our schools and police department and use in the city for things that we need."

The museum allows visitors to see where and how the notorious sheriff lived his life. Tourists see Pusser's original furniture and decor, family photos, and where he laid his head at night.

Pusser's legacy has inspired many visits from law enforcement officers across the country.

"They bring patches from where they're from," said Blevins. "We have rooms downstairs that are just covered in patches."

"The one thing they're looking for is that America hero. Somebody who stood up for what they believed in," said Dwana Pusser.

"They think that - I guess - if they get to feel how he was, that maybe they could do that. They could be that way," said Blevins.

The Buford Pusser Home and Museum is open seven days per week.

For more information, log onto http://www.bufordpussermuseum.com/
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