"Bemis Heritage Day will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Bemis Mill Village Museum which was built in 1921-1922 as the Bemis Auditorium. The centennial celebration will
“Bemis Heritage Day will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Bemis Mill Village Museum which was built in 1921-1922 as the Bemis Auditorium. The centennial celebration will begin to honor this beautiful building located at 2 North Missouri Street in Jackson, TN (formerly Bemis, TN).
Museum doors will open at 10:00 a.m. with free admission. Browse the museum to visit with friends and to view artifacts and vintage photos. Visit the museum’s Company Store to purchase our cookbook, coloring book, keepsake hand-held fan, historical ornaments, baseball caps (Historic Bemis and Chat ‘N Chew), DVDs of vintage photos, and other items listed on our website. https://bemishistory.org/
At 10:30 a.m., there will be a dedication of the new flagpole and flag of the United States in memory and honor of all sons and daughters from the Bemis Mill Village who served and continue to serve our country in the Armed Forces and on the home front since 1900. This Armed Forces Day event will be held at the Bemis Mill Memorial Park located at 7 A Street which is a short walk across the street from the museum. Embroidered patches will be given to veterans.
From 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Bobby McAlexander will display his very impressive and detailed ceramic replica of the Chat ‘N Chew, a well-known hangout, that was located beside South Side High School on South Highland Avenue from 1958 until 1972. Chat ‘N Chew’s address was listed as 1624 Bemis Highway in the “Jackson City Directory 1960.”
Lunch will be available under the tent on the front lawn of the museum from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. (or until sold out) with delicious barbecue plates for $8 per plate. Enjoy live music from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s performed by Willi X Evans, Newt Russ Hall, Steve Patterson, Tony McCaslin, and Rocky Perkins.
Memories of the Chat ‘N Chew will be shared in the museum at 1:00 p.m. Attendees will be invited to share their memories which will be led by Sandra Morgan Williams who received a $25 savings bond in 1958 for submitting the winning entry to name the drive-in restaurant.
Children will enjoy the splash pad at the Bemis Mill Memorial Park and the playground at the Stella Duncan Park of Bemis on South Missouri Street. Games will also be available at the museum for children and the young at heart. Get ready for a game of washers, cornhole, and other fun games.
Bemis Historical Society looks forward to sharing our Bemis heritage on May 15. Anyone interested in the history of Bemis is welcome to attend.”
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bemis Mill Village Museum
2 N Missouri St, Jackson, TN 38301