Rural Heritage Trust










The Rural Heritage Trust of Southwest Tennessee invites everyone to get out and enjoy many opportunities in the countryside of Shelby County, southern Tipton County and western Fayette County. Whether it is a leisurely drive through the rolling hills and meadows, a visit to one of the unique restaurants along the way or to an event or festivals in one of the municipalities or communities – there is plenty of charm and enlightenment!






We will continue to publish the monthly calendar to show opportunities. Some of these events may be cancelled or postponed due to concerns in the nation presently. Please refer to the contact information in each listing for status.



******    October 2021    ******


Jones Orchard 10-Acre Corn Maze
Opens on Friday, October 1
jonesorchard.com * 901-873-3150

The 2021 Corn Maze at Jones Orchard, 6850 Singleton Parkway in the Millington area,
and remains open every Friday-Saturday-Sunday in October and on Halloween night!
The Corn Maze features a festive fall farm theme!
Explore this year's maze and embrace this autumn adventure!

Getting lost is part of the fun!

Pumpkin Patch

Open Monday-Sunday from 8:00 - 6:00 pm.
Make sure to visit the Great Pumpkin Patch at the Singleton Parkway market, just down the road from the corn maze and haunts!

Festival of Fear

Our maze is only the beginning of the terrific and terrifying Fall Fun at Jones Orchard. Brave your way through our haunted attractions in the Festival of Fear!


Sunflower Field

Coming soon! More details to follow!



The Mid-South Maze
midsouthmaze.com 901-870-6338

One of the premier “agritainment” experiences in the region, the Mid-South Maze, returned on September 17. Located on the Agricenter International campus in the heart of East Memphis (7777 Walnut Grove Road & Germantown Road), the maze is the place for Fall Fun. Check out the corn cannon, haunted maze and hayrides!

The maze turns into everyone's favorite place to celebrate all things spooky on October 1!
“Have Fun, Get Lost . . .”

Come Get Lost in the Maze and BEWARE, after sundown on Friday and Saturday Nights in October, the Monsters and Ghosts can appear at any turn! Tickets are all ages and the last admission to the Haunted Maze is 10 p.m.

Manage a Scout troop? Sports Team? Greek life? Employees? Have a group of 25 or more? Any group with 25 or more people can receive a discount for Regular Maze Admission during regular Maze hours. Perfect for team building! Motivate people to work together, encourage group communication, and improve navigation skills.




Saturday, October 16

Celebrate Munford, Inc. is a non-profit group of citizens from the community, who exist to promote Munford - its people and places. Money raised by this organization is returned to the community through its programs, events, and scholarships.

Since 1984,Celebrate Munford has sponsored an arts and crafts festival. The festival is a day-long event that is held in the downtown area of Munford and features vending areas for local artists to sell and show off their works. It also features a center stages that features local talent, gospel and country music, and a multitude of musicians and acts. We encourage vendors to attend and sign up for a booth space for a nominal fee.

For more information, contact 901-837-5963 or www.munford.com.









Catch'em Lakes are operated by Walnut Grove Bait & Tackle, a tenant of Agricenter International, and are located near the intersection of Farm Road and 6913 Walnut Grove Road. There are two stocked catfish lakes and two game lakes with bream, bass, and crappie. No fishing license is required for catfish lakes. If it is raining or is likely to rain the Lakes will be closed.

Admission Prices:
* Catfish Lakes Admission: Adults $10.00, Children 12 and under $5.00
* Game Lakes Admission: Adults $13.00, Children 12 and under $6.00

* Catfish Price: $2.50/lb
* Cleaning Fee: $0.75/lb in addition to pound fee
* Clean and Filet Fee: $1.75/lb in addition to pound fee

Group events are welcome! Call for reservations 901-737-1200.

Hours of Admission: Wednesday-Friday (9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
Saturday & Sunday (8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) * Monday & Tuesday (CLOSED)








Register for Discover the Greenway

Join us for a fun-filled two-week scavenger hunt and safely explore sections of the Wolf River Greenway throughout the city of Memphis. Along the way, you'll earn chances to win one of five grand prizes!
Register today and Discover the Greenway !

How it works: Discover the Greenway signage will be placed at scenic locations along the Wolf River Greenway. Sign up, scout specific locations, snap a photo, and share — it's that easy. The more #DiscoverTheGreenway signs you find, the greater your chances at winning a fantastic prize! There's also an opportunity to fundraise for the Conservancy, earning even more chances to win.

Register today and #DiscoverTheGreenway !


Register for
Discover the Greenway

Discover the Greenway
Presented by Jim Keras Subaru
Saturday, May 22 — Saturday, June 5
Wolf River Greenway



!! Rural Heritage Trust Unveils First Set of Heritage Panels !!
Wayside Exhibit Panels Unveiled at Edmund Orgill Park

"History Was Made" when the Rural Heritage Trust unveiled its first set of Wayside Exhibit Panels for the Rosemark Kerrville Heritage Tour Routes on Saturday, April 24 at Edmund Orgill Park by the golf clubhouse.

Dignitaries attending included Shelby County Commissioner Amber Mills, and such luminaries as Ed Haley, City Manager of the City of Millington and Terry Roland, President of the Millington Chamber of Commerce. Also present were members of local history and civic institutions such as Historic Archives of Rosemark and Environs, Raleigh Springs Conservancy, Elmwood Cemetery, Shelby County Conservation Board, and the Shelby County Historical Commission. A good time was had by all . . .


The feature of the two panels is the Rosemark-Kerrville Heritage Tour, which consists of one 24.9-mile loop beginning in Edmund Orgill Park and heading east to the Rosemark, Barretville and Mudville communities, before returning westbound on Mudville Road to the Kerrville community and Edmund Orgill Park. Two additional “short” routes are also included, both for a more detailed drive on the east side - the Rosemark, Barretville, Mudville area (6.3 miles in length), and Kerrville and Edmund Orgill Park on the west side (5.8 miles in length).

Along the way, the routes will cover historic homes, churches and cemeteries, beautiful barns, historical markers, agricultural fields, livestock, lakes, rivers, creeks, and pass through several canopied lanes.

Downloadable maps and descriptive tour information are located in the TOURS section of this web site. Community histories are also available in the COMMUNITY HISTORIES section.
This event is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available at the site.

For More Information about the unveiling ceremonies, contact Jimmy Ogle at 901-604-5002



Friday Evenings In The Forest
Steak Night
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Shelby Forest General Store – 7729 Benjestown Road, Millington, 38053
Join us every Friday night from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for Steak Night. It’s a friendly and social event, offering live bluegrass banjo pickin! (Last steaks go on the grill at 7:45 PM)
Our 10-oz Grade A Select, custom-cut ribeyes (fresh, never frozen) are from Charlie’s Meat Market and they bathe in Kristin’s own secret marinade until they are grilled to perfection. The $14.99 steak dinner comes with sides of slaw, Texas toast, and french fries. Add 1/2 dozen fried shrimp for only $5.99-our ‘Surf and Turf.’ Still hungry? We’ve got cheesecake, chocolate satin pie, and key lime pie for only $2.99. Or, your choice of 12 different fried pies, for $1.99.

For the lil’ tykes, we offer a kid’s meal for only $5.99. They receive a 2-piece chicken strip dinner with french fries and applesauce.

When we started Steak Night nearly 15 years ago with our lone banjo-picker Tony Butler, we would say folks came for the steaks and enjoyed the music. Through the years, more and more musicians started coming and now we regularly have 8-10 including a stand-up bass or two, a fiddle, guitars, mandolin, harmonicas, and more. Now it feels more like people are coming for the music and enjoying the steaks!

Come see for yourself and you decide which it is.
(901-876-5770) www.shelbyforestgeneralstore..com



Every Thursday Morning
“Main and Mulberry” from Collierville

Main and Mulberry is now hosted as a Live Event for Public Policy every Thursday at 10:30AM on both it's Facebook and YouTube channels.
These links are listed below to find previous episodes and future event dates:




The Mission of Main and Mulberry is to capture the modernization and growth happening in areas full of small-town tradition and local charm.  Wherever your Main and Mulberry may be, we’re here to tell the story.

For more information, contact 901-568-2513 or info@mainmulberry.com
114 E. Mulberry Street, Collierville, TN, 38017



Every Tuesday – Thursday – Saturday

Agricenter International's Farmer's Market has been a trusted partner for the area's farmers and ranchers since 1986 and is the oldest continuously operated farmer's market in West Tennessee, offering produce and other farm-raised products. For now, crafts and other non-food items will not be sold.

Farmers Market Agricenter International

7777 Walnut Grove Road 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact: 901-757-7777, agricenter.org, info@agricenter.org




The Agricenter Sunflowers may be gone, but look for them this summer! Each year we plant over 78,000 sunflower seeds for the public to enjoy! Please enter at Walnut Bend Road and park in the lot.

Agricenter International has always encouraged people to enjoy these sunflowers on the campus. We ask that you please do not pick them so others can enjoy them also - they are our gift to the community. Please remember the rest of the crops on the land are in research or production and thus cannot be picked either.  Agricenter does not charge a fee to enjoy flowers.

Check Out What's New On Our Sunflower Trail! Benches, mile markers, and educational signs are a few of the things that are new on our Sunflower Trail. Stop and Yield signs have also been installed.

Tips: wear mud boots, stay hydrated, photos with your pet dog is allowed, but please no horses.

Tag us in your photos for inclusion on our social media pages #AgricenterSunflowers
or email info@agricenter.org!



Autumn Festivals Postponed Until 2021

All are sad that the annual Autumn Festival Season in Shelby County is being postponed until 2021 due to the concerns brought on by the COVID pandemic. We all want to be safe, for sure. Many festival organizers are looking optimistically to the 2021 season and have already announced next year’s dates.

So, put these October dates on your 2021 Calendar:

Event 2020 Dates 2021 Dates
Millington Goat Days September 11-12 (TBD)
Bartlett Festival September 11-12 September 10-11
49th Germantown Festival September 25-26 September 24-25
Rosemark Country Fair September 26 September 25
Shelby Farms Ironman October 3 October 2
Arlington BBQ Fest October 16-17 October 15-16
Celebrate Munford October 17 October 16
MEMPHO Music Festival October 17-18 October 16-17 (TBD)
Agricenter Harvest Festival October 17 October 16



December 2020

Holiday Parades & Events Throughout The Area!

Thursday, December 3 – 6:00 p.m.
Millington Tree Lighting Ceremony
Millington Library, 4858 Navy Road (901-872-1585)

Saturday, December 5 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Bartlett Christmas Parade
W.J. Freeman Park, 2629 Bartlett Boulevard (901-385-5589)

Saturday, December 5 – 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate Munford Christmas Festivities
Downtown Munford, 79 College Street (901-37-0171)

Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Rosemark
December 6, 2020



Happy Holidays from
Murray Hudson Antique Maps, Globes, Books & Prints
109 S. Church Street * Halls, TN
www.antiquemapsndglobes.com (800-748-9946)

For a very nice daytrippin’ journey north up TN 51 through West Tennessee into Lauderdale County , past Millington, Covington and Ripley to Halls (about 50 miles and one hour) to visit one of the most unique shopping experiences anywhere, and Murray Hudson himself. View of 20,000 maps and globes from all over the world, and over quite a few centuries.

Our 50% off sale will continue through the end of December. We have changed the maximum discount to be $2,500 per item. Murray is continuing to help alleviate cabin fever by enthusiastically showing us the world, with our varied videos of his many favorite items and into our showroom too. We invite you, clients and friends of Murray Hudson Antique Maps, Globes, Books & Prints to send us requests via e-mail or comments sections of the video, of items in our inventory for Murray to show and discuss. Please enjoy, watch and subscribe.




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