Historic Bemis, Tennessee

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
(December 1991)


A cotton mill town constructed in 1900
“Where Industry and Friendliness Blend Into Progress”
Located off Highway 45 South, Jackson, Tennessee  38301

Home of the Bemis Mill Village Museum
(formerly the Bemis Auditorium)

An Official Project of Save America’s Treasures
2 North Missouri Street, Jackson, Tennessee 38301
PO Box 9266, Jackson, TN 38314-9266

Please call to schedule a museum tour
or to ask questions about the museum.
731-424-0739   J. Jackson
731-225-6938   K. Williams
731-499-2229   R. Gaugh

Bemis Mill Village Museum
Photographer Bill Hollamon

Bemis Historic Signs
Bemis Historic Signs



Bemis Heritage Day will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the Bemis Mill Village Museum which was built in 1921-1922 as the Bemis Auditorium.  The centennial celebration will honor this beautiful building located at 2 North Missouri Street in Jackson, TN (formerly Bemis, TN) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – Museum doors open – free admission
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      Chat ‘N Chew display by Bobby McAlexander
      “Archives R Us: Preserving Our Family Archives” by Rhonda Young
10:00 a.m. – Grand opening of new playground equipment at Stella Duncan Park of Bemis
      (110 S. Missouri Street) by Jackson Mayor Scott Conger, Jackson Recreation & Parks
      Department Director Tony Black, Amerigroup Tennessee President Chad Pendleton,
      Madeline Mays, Psasha Taylor, Evan Swafford, and Kelly Shearin
10:30 a.m. in Bemis Mill Village Museum
      Welcome and pledge to the USA flag by Bemis Historical Society Chairman Joel Jackson
      The Star-Spangled Banner by Savannah Hinton
      Bemis Heritage Day Proclamation by Jackson Mayor Scott Conger
      Jackson-Madison Co Bicentennial by Bicentennial Committee Chair Elaine Christian
      Portrayal of Ransom Hammond by his grandson, Greg M. Hammond
      Portrayal of 1930 Bemis Book Club Founder by Judy Roach Dorris
      Recognition of US veterans by Jackson-Madison Chapter, NSDAR, Regent Jan Bynum
      Prayer by Robert Gaugh
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (or until sold out) on Museum’s front lawn
      BBQ plate lunch with drink $10 – prepared by Gaylon Cooper
      Homemade ice cream $3/cup with proceeds to Bemis Historical Society
            by Will Kemp from R & J Feed Supply
      Live music by Bemis Boogie Blues Band
            Willi X Evans, Steve Patterson, Tony McCaslin, and Bobby Cleary
1:00 p.m. – Slideshow of Bemis Auditorium – Bemis Mill Village Museum by Joel Jackson

The City of Jackson Fire Department will display a large USA flag in front of the museum.  Girl Scouts will host a display table to talk about their organization.

The splash pad will be open at the Bemis Mill Memorial Park at 7 A Street.  Lawn games (washers and cornhole) will be available at the museum under the direction of Recreation Manager Bridgett Parham and the Jackson Recreation & Parks Department.


Like our Facebook page:  The Bemis Museum.


Bemis Historical Society meets the third Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Bemis Mill Village Museum (February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November).


Chairman, Joel Jackson
Vice Chairman, Kathy Haney Williams
Secretary, Robert Gaugh
Treasurer, Anita Roark


Annual dues are $25 for an individual or family membership.
Please continue to support the projects
of the Bemis Historical Society by forwarding dues to:
Bemis Historical Society
PO Box 9266
Jackson, TN  38314-9266

Ribbon Cutting – May 18, 2019

BHS Chairman Joel Jackson & Councilwoman Vicky Mayo Foote
Bemis Mill Memorial Park – May 18, 2019

City of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist & BHS Chairman Joel Jackson
Proclamation by City of Jackson, TN Mayor Jerry Gist

City of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist – Ribbon Cutting
Ribbon Cutting by City of Jackson, TN Mayor Jerry Gist

The Cat-in-the-Bag logo is the registered property of Bemis Company, Inc. and is used with permission.  Bemis Historical Society is not directly affiliated with Bemis Company, Inc.