Museum & Parks

Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial and Nature Center

751 Bert Johnston Ave - Covington TN 38019



The Tipton County Museum is a place for learning, a place for discovering, and a place for exploring. Admission is Free!!!

One of the first facilities in the country to bring together military history, environmental education, and historical preservation, the Tipton County Museum is truly unique. This million-dollar facility is located in the largest urban park in the county, which includes a 20-acre wildlife sanctuary, a half-mile nature trail through a woodland forest, and a wetland study area.

Please check this website often for updates on events at the Tipton County Museum. Thank you for your interest in the Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial and Nature Center. If you have any questions, please call us at (901)476-0242, and be sure to like us on Facebook! We are looking forward to seeing you at the Museum!


  • Here is the 2017 Spring Newsletter
  • Our 3rd Annual May Festival will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 10am until 3pm. This is a free event that will have live music, arts and crafts vendors, a Civil War encampment, food vendors, kids’ activities, face painting, “Ask a Master Gardener,” “Meet a Local Veteran,” and more. If you would like to rent a vendor booth or become an event sponsor, please call the museum at (901) 476-0242.
  • Calling ALL Tipton County Artists - 2017 Art Exhibit 'INSPIRATIONS' The Tipton Arts Council, Inc. and State Representative Debra Moody are hosting 'INSPIRATIONS', the 2017 Tipton County Art Exhibit at the Learning Resource Center at the Covington Campus of Dyersburg State Community College. Entry deadline is April 3 and exhibition dates are April 18 through August 27. Click here for the flyer and click here for the information packet.
  • Exploring Visual Design with Artist in Residence Richard Reed Starting March 7 Starting March 7, Richard will cover all the basics of visual design including line,value,shape and form. Students will learn how to analyze a painting and apply this knowledge to their own artwork. No previous art experience required. Please call the Tipton County Museum for registration and a supply list:  901.476.0242.
  • Tipton County Museum has a Youtube channel Check out the Tipton County Museum’s Youtube channel for the latest editions of Tipton County Pulse, including Ms. Hattye Yarbrough’s interview. Subscribe to the Museum channel and get updates when new content has been added.

  • 2017 Artist in Residence Mr. Richard Reed Richard is an award winning artist, a retired Visual Arts Teacher from Munford High School, and a member of both the Tipton Art League and the Memphis Sketchers. His exhibit “A Sketch a Day or More” will be on display in the conference room beginning in January. You will have the chance to meet him on Tuesday evening, January 24, 2017 at 5:30 when we have a reception in his honor. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. We are looking forward to Richard lecturing and teaching art classes in 2017!

  • A Day of Art at the Tipton County Museum for 2017 The Tipton County Museum presents A Day of Art with lectures and paintings. Click the title above for more information. Click here for the registration forms.
  • 2017 Artist Series for Kids Presented by the Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial & Nature Center The Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial & Nature Center presents the 2017 Artist Series for Kids beginning April 1. For details about dates, times and fees click here.
  • Tipton County Museum Announces New Exhibit "Stories from Home: The Vietnam War" The Tipton County Museum is partnering with the Department of Defense’s 50th Vietnam War Commemoration in bringing you “Stories from Home: The Vietnam War. This exhibit contains numerous stories of Tipton County Veterans’ experiences during the Vietnam War and includes an entire section showcasing prisoner of war Nels Tanner.  All of the artifacts displayed in the exhibit are from Tipton County Veterans. Please join us for our Opening Reception on Thursday evening, February 18 at 6:30.  Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited.
  • Nominations for “Veteran of the Month” are now being accepted by the Tipton County Museum Beginning January, 2015, the Tipton County Museum, in partnership with the Tipton County Veterans Council, will select, from nominations, a military veteran to honor. A reception will be held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM at the museum, to recognize that month’s selected veteran. Along with family and friends, the public will be invited to attend and express their appreciation to our veterans. In addition to a small exhibit focusing on the chosen veteran, the honoree will receive a certificate of honor and a small gift. Nomination forms are available at the museum or may be downloaded here. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
  • Do you love history? What about art or nature? Would you like to help your community? Do you have a few hours to spare each month? The Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial and Nature Center is in need of volunteers and docents Our volunteers and docents will provide tours of the Museum, assist with special events, and supply much needed assistance to our staff. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please complete a Volunteer Application, available here. If you are interested in becoming a certified docent please complete a Docent Application available here. Or come by the museum to pick up an application.


The museum houses changing history exhibits featuring artifacts from Tipton County's rich heritage and a nature center depicting the unique ecosystem of West Tennessee. Numerous programs for students and adults are available year round.


Educational programs can be given upon request to groups of children in grades K - 12, following our ongoing mission of "Enhancing Classroom Education". Group visits are $5 per student which includes 2 educational programs and a guided tour of the museum. Full payment is due upon arrival and reservations must be at least 2 weeks in advance. Please call the museum to schedule your visit.

Annual February Gardening Series - Features a different speaker for each Saturday discussing gardening topics ranging from landscape design to pruning trees and shrubs to plantings for our area.

Plus numerous other events.........


The half-mile nature trail wanders through the 20-acre woodland forest and a wetland study area, providing family-friendly opportunities for recreation, education and exercise. Wheelchairs are welcome when trail conditions allow, but other wheeled vehicles are prohibited.


The Conference Center is an excellent place to host your reception, meeting or event. Call or email Barry Foster or Liz Newman at least two weeks in advance to schedule your activity. The Center seats a maximum of 45.


Keystone of the Veterans Memorial is an outdoor area marked by a Civil War era cannon and highlighted by a permanent memorial listing the names of Tipton County veterans whose lives were taken from them in combat.


The museum operates through funding by the Tipton County Government, the City of Covington, corporate sponsors, and museum members. Join us! Become a friend! Download a Museum Membership Form here to become a member or call the museum for benefits and other information. 


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Museum & Gift Shop Hours

Tuesday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Closed Sunday & Monday

751 Bert Johnston Ave.
Covington, TN 38019

Barrie Foster, Director
P.O. Box 768 
Covington, TN 38019-2414

Sherri Onorati, Archivist and Program Coordinator

Drummonds Park and Playground
261 Tate Rd - Drummonds TN

Drummonds Park

Located behind Quito Fire Department #2 at 261 Tate Rd and behind the Drummonds Elementary School at 5068 Drummonds Rd.

One of the shining jewels of Tipton County, the Drummonds Park, is a 30-acre community park located behind the Drummonds Elementary School. It is handicap accessible and consists of a serene walking/hiking trails which wind through beautiful natural woodlands rich with wildlife, a children’s playground, soccer field and covered/lighted pavilions with picnic tables and grills. This park and arboretum combination will offer opportunities for teaching, research, conservation, recreation and public education on plant diversity.

Picnic and Play Area

The picnic and play area includes a pavilion with picnic tables and a BBQ pit. The play area includes facilities for three age groups.

Organized Sports

Facilities include a Frizbee Golf course winding through the landscape and a soccer field.


An ADA accessible ampitheater with power for sound and light equipment is a centerpiece of the park.

Nature Trails

ADA accessible lighted, paved nature trails wander throughout the 30 acre park.


The Drummonds Park Arboretum is a collaborative effort of Tipton County Extension Master Gardeners, Boy Scouts of America Troop #260 and others, Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and the county of Tipton. This is the first and only official Arboretum in Tipton County. Thirty-five (35) trees have been identified and marked for inclusion, as approved by the State of TN. Each tree has a post and naming label. Click here for the map.