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“A must-see for blues fans”

West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tourist Information and destination showcasing the rich musical heritage and rural culture of West Tennessee including the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes and the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner. Over 8,000 square feet of exhibits depicting the music, beauty and history of the region. Hours are Monday - Saturday 9-5; Sunday 1-5. Closed Easter Sunday and Christmas Day. Free coffee, Free WiFi, Free Admission!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Windsor, Ontario
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A must-see for blues fans”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

This is not only a travel stop, it's also a small museum of popular music from the area. That includes Elvis Presley, and also a number of great country blues performers. There are memorabilia from Yank Rachel, Sleepy John Estes, and many others in the music museum room, inside the centre, which also contains changing displays relating to local history.
In addition, just outside the centre's parking lot is the actual home of Sleepy John Estes, a small wooden shack which was physically moved from its original site close to Brownsville and placed beside the Delta Heritage Centre as a piece of local history. The house has been preserved but not significantly altered, so it is in fairly shabby condition, especially on the inside. The inside walls are covered with framed photographs of Estes and other performers he worked with over the course of his career.
Next door to the shack is the small schoolhouse attended by Tina Turner as a child, also moved next to the centre's parking lot.
The centre itself is also a pleasant place to stop, get travel information and take a break, but these artifacts make it particularly worth seeking out for blues music enthusiasts.

Visited May 2014
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Hamilton, Montana
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181 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Great stop off of I40”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

Very non descript on the outside, but a small treasure inside! Free museums with fantastic musical history. Super friendly staff. Stretch your legs, get a free cup of coffee and enjoy!

Visited February 2014
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Brownsville, Tennessee, United States
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39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Sneak a look”
Reviewed 20 February 2013

At exit 56, and need a break, drop in this museum, visitor center combination and see what West Tennessee has to offer. The volunteer staff is excited to see you and there are a lot of items available to see or purchase.

Visited February 2013
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Mabelvale, Arkansas
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Time Back to Beginning”
Reviewed 19 November 2012

Our first stop on my birthday on October 5,2012. This was a true trip back in time. The time when music was music and you knew who was next door. If a neighbor was down the whole neighborhood came in and helps. You think about the days setting around the firelace and just playing checkers and jackrocks if you remember those days before TV, computers, drive-ins, drive-in picture shows. The days before Corn pickers, cotton pickers, and where work in the spring and fall got you through the winter because you killed your own meat and raised your on chicken then when you got ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas the neighbors came together. This is the reminders that was in the shop and all over the complex. It is free to all.

Visited October 2012
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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41 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Ultimate surprise when we stopped!”
Reviewed 10 August 2012

We were on our road trip when we exited off of I-40 to here and needed rest. We pulled up to their parking lot and we relaxed a bit. I saw a gentleman walk out with a cup of coffee, which was what we needed. After we were finished resting, we went inside- we had absolutely no idea what we came in for! But this is the good part- we saw a gift shop, 3 museums, and very clean restrooms! Best part is- the entry is free! The staff were nice too. There was also a map showcasing where people came from visiting here. There is also the Sleepy John Estes home outside. The Flagg Grove School where Tina Turner attended was recently moved here and they are raising money to restore it! You cannot pass this one by. I recommend that you stop by if you are thinking of doing so. :)

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SoniaO-Clark, Manager at West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, responded to this review, 11 August 2012
Thank you for the great review. We're so glad you decided to come in and enjoyed your visit. Please drop in again.
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