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West Tennessee Treasures - Brownsville - West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center

By Brittany Patterson
By bpatterson@wbbjtv.com

A quick stop for travelers along Interstate 40 in Haywood County could turn into a whole new adventure at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.

"We try to showcase West Tennessee and try to entice our visitors who are traveling up and down Interstate 40 to spend some time in West Tennessee and to get off the Interstate and on to the back roads," said Sonia Outlaw-Clark, director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.

It is not your typical "tourist information booth" either. The center is home to three different regional museums, including the West Tennessee Cotton Museum.

"The people that are the most interested in the cotton museum are the people that come from regions they don't have cotton," said Outlaw-Clark.

With its deep roots in music, West Tennessee proudly showcases its local talent memorabilia at the West Tennessee Music Museum.

"A lot of people are music buffs and they will spend hours reading about our West Tennessee musicians," said Outlaw-Clark. "An example is Tina Turner, who is from Haywood County. She grew up in Nutbush and so many people come through and see her picture and say, 'Y'all got Tina? Why do you got Tina in here?' Well, she grew up right here just a few miles down the road."

If you are into nature, the Hatchie River Museum tells tales of the last wild river in the Lower Mississippi system.

"I think it's important that we highlight our assets," said Outlaw-Clark. "That we let people know that we're not just a drive between Memphis and Nashville."

In fact, WTDHC is a destination for people all over the world.

"Last year we had over 20,000 visitors. They came from 38 countries all over the world," said Outlaw-Clark. "I think it's important for us to know what's available in the area that we live in and to learn as much as we can about the area."

Admission to WTDHC is free. For more information, log onto http://www.westtnheritage.com
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