Quality of Life
Life set to music.
In Haywood County’s expansive landscape, music and art, heritage and nature are all important parts of our shared love of community. With the scenic Hatchie River, eight fishing lakes, community playgrounds and an active Main Street program, getting outdoors is a great way to enjoy life here.
Our community pride shows in the activities and events in downtown Brownsville, where a new amphitheater invites residents to enjoy another crucial part of our heritage: music. Blues musicians, Live on the Lawn performances, the Exit 56 Blues Festival and the refurbished Ann Marks Performing Arts Center all pay tribute to our location in the Americana Music Triangle and to the music greats who once called Haywood County home.
We showcase our history through heritage tours, at the Delta Heritage Center, the Carver High School Museum of African American History, the Sleepy John Estes House and Tina Turner’s childhood school, housing the only Tina Turner museum in existence. Tina's music history and costumes from performances and movies are housed here. Artist Billy Tripp’s unique Mindfield draws visitors from around the world, and festivals bring fun throughout the year.
Have a Bite
We’re known for our food here, from down home cooking in local restaurants to one of the nation’s greatest barbecue spots. Helen’s Bar B Q, featured on the Food Network and in various cooking shows and magazines, is run by one of the first female pit masters. The Burger Basket and other local spots also continue to grow in fame as the nation's foodies find their way to Haywood County.
Music is the lifeblood of Haywood County. From downtown to the Delta Heritage Center, you‘ll find music in all aspects of our story. What else would you expect from the home of mega-star Tina Turner and blues great Sleepy John Estes? Blues at the Brownsville amphitheater and the Exit 56 Blues Festival are just a few of the reasons we hold a cherished place in the Americana Music Triangle.
Meet the Wildlife
With eight lakes for fishing, Haywood County has plenty of space to get out on the water. The nearly 10,000 acres at the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, one of the Nature Conservancy’s “75 last Great Places,” is home to more than 100 species of fish and 250 species of birds.