The Stax Museum of American Soul Music includes more than 2,000 cultural artifacts, music exhibits, video footage, and items of memorabilia designed to preserve and promote the legacy of American soul music, particularly that of Stax Records. Stand on the exact spot where all of the great Stax music was made. Go online to www.soulsvilleusa.com for more information.
No trip to Memphis is complete without a tour of Graceland. Experience the magic of Elvis Presley. The journey to the Graceland Mansion includes digital audio, narrated by Lisa Marie Presley. Also tour Elvis’ private jets and stroll through the auto museum and Sincerely Elvis exhibit. Enjoy a self-guided audio tour, with stories by Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie, as you journey through Elvis’s life and career at Graceland Mansion. Graceland offers a unique glimpse into the personal life and leisure time of Elvis Presley. Located on a 14-acre estate, the mansion features exhibits of authentic clothing, Graceland artifacts, personal mementos and an amazing display of Elvis’s gold and platinum awards. Visit online at www.elvis.com/graceland.
Pearl Farm in Camden
The Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Museum, Farm, Tour and Jewelry Showroom at the Birdsong Resort offers a beautiful place to go boating, but also offers something that no other resort in North America has—a unique freshwater pearl farm museum and guided tour. There are several smaller tours available, but the favorite is the “deluxe” tour that includes a Southern-style barbecue luncheon and trip to the marina to witness the emergence of cultured pearls from a mussel. For more information, go online to www.tennesseeriverpearls.com.
Historic Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum and Old Country Store in Jackson
Visit the historic 1890’s home of America’s railroad legend, Casey Jones. Tour the charming museum full of railroad memorabilia including a 130-ton replica of #382 and model train exhibit. After the self guided tour, enjoy world-famous buffets at Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store, complete with a charming Gift Shoppe, 1890’s Ice Cream Parlor & Fudge Shoppe and a To Go Market. The Old Country Store is the home of Historic Casey Jones Museum & Train Store and the Casey Jones Village Amphitheatre & Village Shoppes. Visit caseyjones.com for more information.