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Tipton County Museum

Updated on July 16, 2012

Place full of History

A couple of months ago this writer had the privilege to visit Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial Nature Center.

This writer found a guide name Alice explaining to Kindergarten children the history of the museum. It was so interesting; this writer found herself being transformed into the past.

Alice and her kindergarten kids


As she spoke it took me back to the good old days as some of us call them.. when things were cheaper and people made less money.. but it did seem like life was a little easier.


Tipton County Museum



I started working here in September 1998 on Veterans Day; the museum was officially opened, the Navy band was here it was great.

The Three Flags over Tipton County Museum


Alice was speaking

In 1993, the Tipton County Veterans Council began studying the feasibility of constructing a Veterans Memorial facility, to display historical artifacts and to commemorate those who served and who are now serving in our country’s Armed Forces. Concurrently, the City of Covington acquired an additional 20-acre area expanding Cobb-Parr Memorial Park. With this additional land, the City of Covington’s Park and recreation Department created the first designated nature preserve and greenway system in Tipton County. On this 20-acre site, Covington’s Park and Recreation Department planned to develop a plant and wildlife sanctuary, an outdoor classroom for all citizens to enjoy, and an indoor nature center to support learning the natural sciences.

Museum is dedicated to all our Military


Veterans Council

Since the Veterans Council and the Covington Parks and Recreation Department were both striving to enrich the quality of life for the citizens of Tipton County. The two organizations combined efforts, ideas, and resources with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Covington, the Tipton County Legislature, and the State of Tennessee to construct the Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial & Nature Center. The facility opened its doors to the public on November 11, 1998.

This is one of the first facilities in the country to bring together military history, environmental education, and historical preservation; the Tipton County Museum is truly unique. This million dollar facility is located in the largest urban park in Tipton County and includes a 20-acre wildlife sanctuary and nature preserve, a half mile nature trail through a woodland forest, and a wetland study area.

The Trail through the forest


Museum Houses

The museum houses changing historical exhibits including artifacts from Tipton County’s rich heritage and a nature center depicting the unique ecosystem of Tipton County and West Tennessee. These well-manicured grounds include a beautiful garden, a picnic area, and a rather large pond stocked with fish, frogs, and turtles.

Pond that houses fishes and turtles and frogs


Several ponds

The Museum on the 20-acre wildlife sanctuary.

Bob Cat


Over A Fourteen Year Period

Over the fourteen year period, the changing exhibits at the Tipton County Museum include World War II; A Closer Look: Vietnam; Preserving our Stories: 150 years of the Tennessee Historical Society (traveling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum): The Civil War: A Nation Divided, Korea: A Hot Spot in the Cold War (including a traveling exhibit), World War II: the Pacific Theater, World War II: the European Theater and the American Home Front: Bagels and Barbecue and The Jewish Experience in Tennessee (traveling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum). Also on display: From the American Revolution to the Middle East Crisis, A Military Collection: Hoofbeats in the Heartland, Civil War Calvary in Tennessee (traveling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum), A Military Salute: Common People in Uncommon Times: The Civil War Experience in Tennessee. (Traveling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum):

Historical Information on Tipton County


Historical exhibits

Historical exhibits have interpreted the legacy of those Tipton County Citizens who have served and who are serving in our countries Armed Services. The patriotic and informative displays have drawn from hundreds of artifacts from Tipton County’s rich heritage that provides a fascinating account of our cultural history.

Approximately 1,500 area students enjoy the “Museum Experience” each spring and fall.

The levels of ANNUAL membership include Individual military and senior - $25.00, Family $30.00, contributor $50.00, philanthropist $100.00, benefactor $200.00.

The Tipton County Museum board of Directors includes Chairman Vernon Pairmore, City of Covington Mayor David Gordon, Vice-Chairman Charles Chumley, Ann Smith, Jere Hadley, Kerry Overton, Sherl Rose, L.K. Dyson, Tommy Hatcher, David Seagrave, and David Gwinn. The Museum Staff consists of Director Alice Fisher, Program Coordinator Elizabeth Newman, and a part time Museum Clerk.

The Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial and Nature Center is open from 9 am until 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and from 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday. The Museum is closed on Sunday and Monday. There is NO admission charge. For more Information, contact the Museum at 476-0242. The mailing address is 751 Bert Johnson Avenue, P.O. Box 768, Covington, Tennessee 38019. The fax number is 901-476-0261, and the email address is Check out Museum information on the Web at or

This reporter: Wow this is all very impressive. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I have really enjoyed our interview.

Before leaving this writer took a lot of pictures, here is a couple more.

The Sassafras


The back of the Museum


Shelby or Tipton or Lauderdale County

If you live in Shelby or Tipton or Lauderdale County and you want to spend a nice historical enjoyable afternoon. Come enjoy yourself.

Debbie Brooks Langford

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Laurinzo Scott thank you my new friend..


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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Seems like a beautiful, and quant community... scuh places are a treasure and shouldn't be lost to this fast-paced society. Great hub.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you Sally.. I appreciate your reading and comments.. I agree with you.. blessings


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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thanks for this "inside" view into a community that worked together to illuminate the heart of its history and make it available to everyone through a public facility. Nature and military history at first, to me, seemed somewhat at odds with each other, but the more I thought about it, it seemed like a very right marriage, especially for children to experience where they come from in the contexts of both their local environment and the world. Hats off to Tipton and Alice!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX



      TT thank you.. I love to find museums like this..

      Blessings to all of you


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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Debbie, excellent interview and profile of the museum. I love finding little treasures like this and exploring them. This was great! :) VUM.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Not only was your interview interesting but the existence of the museum is too! The Veterans Memorial & Nature Center together with it's historical exhibits sounds like a great place to visit. A tribute to our brave soldiers and an education for those who visit.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      You wrote this as though we were walking beside you.


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      thank you Gypsy.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Makes me want to take a look at this museum. Thanks for this great interview and tour Debby. Passing it on.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Maria it was fun interviewing her. I would love a job at a newspaper doing this..

      colin.. thank you kind sir. I will get back to you

      Blessings to you both


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      epigramman 5 years ago

      nice stoy Deborah and you are a lovely tour guide and world class journalist for putting all of this together in a very enlightening and educational way - have you made any further plans as to what we were talking about the other night - give me a shout out and let me know - sending you hugs and warm wishes from lake erie time with almost a full moon over the lake - 9:49pm

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      You did a wonderful job describing the passion that Alice has for her work. So cool that she makes this history come alive for children, what a gift that translates to all of us.

      Voted UP & ABI-- very inspirational. Hugs, Maria

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you.. I did I loved interviewing her.. Joyce. Debbie

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Debbie, it sounds as though you had a really good time interviewing this lady. Your hub is very interesting.

      Voted up and interesting, Joyce.