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

For a scheduled museum tour, call:  731-424-0739 or 731-234-9813.


Richard Dean Fisher was born in Bemis, Madison County, Tennessee, on September 28, 1939, to William Benton Fisher and Acenah Mills Fisher.  He was a member of the first graduating class of South Side High School in Jackson, Tennessee, in 1957.  Richard was a proud United States veteran.

Richard and his twelve siblings grew up in Bemis; and he was dedicated to the history and preservation of the cotton mill town, especially the Bemis Museum.  Richard was a charter member of Bemis Historical Society, and he served many years as the Society’s chairman.  He was currently serving on the Board of Directors.

It is with great sadness to say that Richard Fisher passed away Sunday morning, December 8, 2019.  Richard is survived by his wife, Judy Shell Fisher; children; grandchildren; siblings; and many friends.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Visitation – Friday, December 20, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel at 2812 North Highland Avenue in Jackson
Memorial Service – Saturday, December 21, at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church Bemis at 116 Bemis Lane in Jackson.

An obituary will be published Sunday, December 15.

Obituary of Richard Dean Fisher



Bemis Heritage Days was a great success.  We saw old friends and made new friends.  We enjoyed good music and delicious barbecue.  Mayor Jerry Gist proclaimed May 17-18, 2019, as Bemis Heritage Days; and he cut the ribbon on our new Bemis Mill Memorial Park on the site of the former Bemis Cotton Mill.  We remembered and honored our US veterans.  Story tellers shared their memories of Bemis.  Our Bemis heritage was celebrated.  Our ancestors would be proud.


Like our Facebook page:  The Bemis Museum.


Bemis Historical Society meets the third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Bemis Mill Village Museum (February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November). Bemis Heritage Days is celebrated in May.


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
P. O. 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.