Legends, Lore and Landscapes-WEST

Explore the range of experiences to be found in this spectacular geologically diverse valley known as the Tennessee River Valley. From museums and recording studios to Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and the birthplace of Helen Keller, the Legends, Lore and Landscapes tour is bursting with authentic places to go and things to do that is pure Americana and rich in natural and cultural heritage.

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Day 1

Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Campground and Mansion
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Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Campground and Mansion
Community | Local Artist, Musician or Craftsperson

This 3,500-acre complex provides the setting of one of the most beloved female performers in country music, celebrating the life and career of Loretta Lynn.  Tour her Plantation Home and see the famed "Crisco Kitchen", walk through a simulated…

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Day 2

River Discovery Center
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River Discovery Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Celebrate Paducah's maritime legacy and lore with interactive water-filled exhibits, including a working model of a lock and dam. Captain a towboat, pleasure watercraft or Coast Guard buoy tender through various scenarios in the new pilothouse simulator.…

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William Clark Market House Museum
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William Clark Market House Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

At the William Clark Market House Museum, artifacts from Paducah’s past are staged within the meticulously reconstructed elaborate gingerbread woodwork of an 1876 drugstore.  Explore Paducah's local history going back to the local Native…

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Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum
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Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The 1852 Greek Revival home was once the residence of Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, CSA and West Point graduate. Exhibits highlight western Kentucky's role in the War Between the States.

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Paducah Wall to Wall Murals
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Paducah Wall to Wall Murals
Local Points of Interest | Statue or Public Art Display

Named the most popular tourist attraction in Kentucky by Trip Advisor in 2014, "Portraits from Paducah's Past" present a public art experience available at all hours. More than 50 life-sized panoramic murals by renowned artist Robert Dafford and…

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Day 3

Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum
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Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum is situated on one of the highest points in West Tennessee, Pilot Knob located in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. Visitors can learn about General Forrest's attack on Johnsonville,…

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Country and Western Steakhouse
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Country and Western Steakhouse
Food or Drink | Restaurant

Country and Western Steakhouse opened for business in Camden, Tennessee on Labor Day in 1980. Often while your enjoying the world famous catfish, hushpuppies, and slaw, the owners will come around to your table to make sure everything tastes…

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Day 4

Shiloh National Military Park
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Shiloh National Military Park
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Battlefield

The 4,200-acre Shiloh National Military Park preserves the battlefield of the Battle of Shiloh (also called the Battle of Pittsburg Landing).  The two-day battle, which took place on April 6 and April 7, 1862, was one of the first major battles…

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Tennessee River Museum
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Tennessee River Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Tennessee River Museum is located in the historic old post office building immediately west of the courthouse in downtown Savannah. The building was constructed in 1939 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is…

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Rockabilly Murals
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Rockabilly Murals
Local Points of Interest | Statue or Public Art Display

These murals were painted to celebrate Highway 45 in Selmer, TN as the Rockabilly Highway located midway between Memphis and Nashville.  Carl Perkins often frequented the community jams held at the historic Latta Building in downtown Selmer. 

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Day 5

Alabama Music Hall of Fame
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Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

From rock and roll, to country, to blues and jazz, and gospel, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame recognizes artists who at one time called Alabama home or has significant musical ties to the state.  See Elvis’ first recording contract and the…

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Fame Recording Studios
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Fame Recording Studios
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Publishing was founded in 1959 by Rick Hall, Billy Sherrill and Tom Stafford, and Hall eventually took over as sole owner.  In 1970, Hall was nominated for a Grammy in the “Producer of the Year” category and …

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Day 6

Florence Indian Mound Museum
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Florence Indian Mound Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

At the Florence Indian Mound Museum, see relics dating back 10,000 years and walk through the main periods of time beginning with the paleo people. The prehistoric domicilliary mound rises 43 feet high, the highest in the Tennessee Valley. The…

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W. C. Handy Home, Museum and Library
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W. C. Handy Home, Museum and Library
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Father of the Blues W.C. Handy was born in a small log cabin in Florence on November 16, 1873.  He presented to the world the sounds of rhythm-and-blues, jazz, and soul with famous tunes such as “St. Louis Blues,” Memphis Blues,” and “Beale…

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Helen Keller Birthplace
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Helen Keller Birthplace
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Built in 1820, Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, is a simple, white clapboard home design in typical Southern architecture.  The main house is of Virginia cottage construction, with four large rooms on the first floor bisected by a wide hall. …

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Day 7

Jesse Owens Memorial Park
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Jesse Owens Memorial Park
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Jesse Owens Memorial Park, located in Oakville, Ala., honors the life and accomplishments of the Olympic sprinter and gold medalist and has a mission to educate the public of the legacy of his contributions to athletics and humankind.  See…

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1 Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Campground and Mansion
2 River Discovery Center
3 William Clark Market House Museum
4 Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum
5 Paducah Wall to Wall Murals
6 Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum
7 Country and Western Steakhouse
8 Shiloh National Military Park
9 Tennessee River Museum
10 Rockabilly Murals
11 Alabama Music Hall of Fame
12 Fame Recording Studios
13 Florence Indian Mound Museum
14 W. C. Handy Home, Museum and Library
15 Helen Keller Birthplace
16 Jesse Owens Memorial Park