James D. Vaughan Museum
The glorious history of Southern Gospel Music comes alive in the James D. Vaughan Museum. The museum honors the “Father of Southern Gospel Music”, James D. Vaughan, who sponsored the first professional southern gospel quartets, established the first southern gospel magazine, recorded the first southern gospel quartets, established the first southern gospel music radio station and taught the South how to sing with the renowned Vaughan School of Music. The James D. Vaughan Museum is located on the Public Square in Lawrenceburg and is open Monday-Friday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.
Ralph J. Passarella Museum
If you are interested in America's frontier days, the Ralph J. Passarella Museum is for you. The museum offers a hands-on experience by showcasing items such as newspapers, magazines, books, toys, tools, quilts, medical equipment, telephone receivers, telephone operator's switchboards, soda fountain, wood burning kitchen stove, church vestments from the local Catholic community, vintage clothing, and so forth. The Ralph J. Passarella Museum is located on Main Street in Loretto, beside the Loretto Telephone Company and is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
David Crockett Park Museum
The David Crockett Park Museum/Interpretive Center is built to resemble an old grist mill. Artifacts dating back to the days of David Crockett are on display. The museum depicts the life and times of Crockett as a pioneer, soldier, politician, and industrialist. It is located just west of Lawrenceburg. The museum is open to the public during the summer months from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Old Jail Museum
The Old Jail Museum was built in 1893 and was used as a prison until 1973. The cells located in the basement for the hardened criminals have the bunks still intact! The Old Jail Museum is located on Waterloo Street in Lawrenceburg and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Amish Heritage Farm Museum
The Amish Heritage Farm Museum in Ethridge, TN, is one of the first Amish farms settled in Tennessee in 1944, when the Amish emigrated from Ohio and Mississippi. It was a fully functioning Amish farm, until several years ago, when the family sold the farm and moved further out into the country. Today, due to the generosity of a local Amish family, both the Amish House and Dawdi Haus have been restored back to their original state, complete with period furnishings and artifacts from the 1944 era. A replica one room Amish school house was also added to the grounds and has been set up to accurately depict a local Amish school house. Guided, educational tours offer a rare glimpse into Amish culture, and their daily lives. Pictures allowed on this farm only! Schedule tours at (931) 321-8687 or see www.amishheritagewelcomecenter.com for details.