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Tipton County Museum
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
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
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
The Museum on the 20-acre wildlife sanctuary.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out Museum information on the Web at www.covingtontn.com or www.tiptonco.com.
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 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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