Lauderdale County

Come See What’s Growing On

There is truly something for everyone in Lauderdale County. Located on the western border along the Mississippi River and trade center of busy agricultural economy, Lauderdale County, home of the world famous Ripley Tomatoes is a quaint community made up of Ripley, the county seat, Halls, Henning and Gates. Whether you are looking for antiques, want to rough it outdoors, love to shop, are curious about maps and globes, have an interest in history, or you just want to spend family time at one of our many parks, there is something for everyone. Come see us and you’ll be glad you did.

POPULATION: 2,255 (2010) Halls, Tennessee is located along the Tennessee Scenic Trails and Byways’ Great River Road Trail and has loads of small town charm and scenic beauty. Unique shopping, military history and annual festivals are just part of its allure.

Veteran’s Muesum

The Dyersburg Army Air Base at Halls was the largest combat crew training school built during early WWII years. As pilots began flying faster combat planes, the training was essential to airmen.

In 1997, the Veterans’ Museum was founded on the site of the Dyersburg Army Base, which served as a training facility for B-17 pilots during World War II. The museum honors American veterans from that era through displays, photographs and a history of the base. Also, there are displays from other conflicts and wars in which the United States was involved. The base was the only inland B-17 training base east of the Mississippi River.

View WWII through this former B17 training base. You will find displays from WWI to Desert Storm, as well as a WWII staff car, a Jeep, uniforms and more.

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Charlene’s Tea Room

Though the atmosphere of Just Divine Tea Room is country-casual, visitors might be inspired to wear their Sunday best when stopping by for a weekday lunch. That’s because the eatery makes its home in the former Hale’s Point Baptist Church. But no matter how they dress, customers will find themselves singing the praises of the tasty, home-style fare.

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Charlene’s Colony of Shoppes

This unique shopping experience includes an antique store, located in a former World War II U.S. Army base hospital building, and a tearoom, housed in a 1950s church structure. Both buildings have been moved to this location from their original sites in the county. Stop in for shopping, afternoon tea, or more  Just Divine Tea Room also serves lunch and dinner.

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Murray Hudson Antiquarian Shop

For over 30 years, proprietor Murray Hudson has collected and curated an incredible inventory of over 25,000 antique maps, globes, and historical books and prints, like the first U.S. atlas, dating back to 1795.

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POPULATION: 945 (2010) Henning, Tennessee is a delightful rural wayside. Just off Highway 51, a stop in Henning will find you near the boyhood home of Pulitzer Prize winning author Alex Haley, recognized for his book “Roots” which broadened and changed our nation’s view of African American history. You’ll also discover the rich history of Fort Pillow State Historic Park. Year-round events create opportunities to explore the natural beauty and rural charm of this sleepy Southern town.

Alex Haley Muesum

Visit the childhood home of Pulitzer Prize winning author Alex Haley.  This bungalow, filled with original 1919 furniture and family memorabilia and artifacts was where Haley, heard the stories that inspired the world-famous Roots: The Saga of An American Family.  While here head to the Interpretive Center to trace back your genealogy and roots. 

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Fort Pillow State Park

This 1,600-acre state park is situated on the first Chickasaw Bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi. This was a strategic spot for the Confederate Army during the Civil War; they hastily built earthen fortifications here, which are well preserved today. Learn more about the historical and archaeological significance of this park at its museum and interpretive center, where you can view Civil War artifacts and a film about the 1864 battle. The park also offers boat access, camping, fishing and picnic facilities.

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Bethlehem Cemetery

Visit the Haley family burial plot, final resting place of the real Chicken George, one of Alex Haley’s slave ancestors portrayed by actor Ben Vereen in the television adaptation of Roots.

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POPULATION: 8,445 (2010) Ripley, Tennessee is home of the Lauderdale County Tomato Festival, which celebrates the city’s world-renown production of delicious mouth-watering tomatoes. Going strong for more than 30 years, this festival is held in beautiful Ripley City Park and draws visitors from across the region. Ample family recreation activities, rich agricultural heritage and unique historic architecture make Ripley a must-see. Plan your own visit and see why locals say there’s so much “growing” on in downtown Ripley!

Ripley Water Park

The Ripley Water Park is located within the city’s 50-acre City Park and features a pool and waterslides with a full staff of lifeguards. Pool hours are 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday throughout the summer months. The Water Park is available for special events and group rentals for private parties between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday and between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Swim lessons, lifeguard certification and CPR training are also offered. For more information, call 731-635-9972.

The park also features a fitness center, disc golf, tournaments and youth sports including soccer, flag football, basketball, baseball, softball, swimming and cheerleading throughout the year. To learn more, visit,

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Lauderdale County Museum

Learn about the area’s history and see special exhibits in the 1842 Sugar Hill Mansion.

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Downtown Ripley

Come check out this newly-renovated town square and Main Street district. The pedestrian friendly square is the perfect spot to take a stroll around the 1930s Art Deco Lauderdale County Courthouse and do a little shopping and eating.  This area really comes alive in the summer with their Summer Concerts and movies that can be seen in the amphitheater.

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