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Near the University of Memphis and the Oak Court Mall, Audubon Park offers several recreational facilities, including a golf course, playground, tennis courts, a soccer field and picnic areas. The jogging trails are popular with local residents, and several family groups and other organizations hold large picnics here each year. On certain weekends, an additional attraction is the chance to watch a local group act out medieval battles, complete with costumes and realistic props.
The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa is a prehistoric American Indian archaeological site dating back to the 15th Century. The site was occupied, abandoned and reoccupied several times throughout its history, spanning from 1000 to 1550 A.D. The museum, named after its founding director, curates an extensive collection of artifacts recovered during a 40-year period of systematic excavations. The site features a Mississippian mound complex, a nature trail and arboretum, a hands-on archaeology lab, and exhibits that explore the history and life-ways of Native Americans of the historic and prehistoric southeastern United States.
The Dixons were a childless couple who collected art, both fine and decorative and left it all to the city when they died. The travelling exhibits, are often spectacular and have included Faberge eggs, glassworks by Seattle artist Dale Chihuly, and an explosion of color from Raoul Dufy. The 17-acre (7-hectare) garden is usually open for strolling, except during outdoor concerts, picnics, or theater productions. The museum shop often has items from Memphis' Great Wonders exhibits! The museum is free for everyone on every Saturday between 10 am to noon.
This gallery is in the middle of an upscale strip mall on the well travelled Poplar corridor. It often features local up and coming artists such as Peter Bowman, art instructor at the Memphis University School for boys and photography artist Huger Foote. Other established artists, such as the nationally acclaimed local artist Carrol Cloar who passed away in 1993, are also represented here. Exhibit openings at David Lusk Gallery feature wine and the chance to rub elbows with knowledgeable art patrons.
Golf & Games Family Park offers fun for kids of all ages. There is miniature golf, of course, but you can also try your luck at the batting cages, in the go-karts or at a game of laser tag. For the kids, there is the fun track for young drivers, plus bumper boats and a host of age-appropriate rides. In business in Memphis for 35 years, this park specializes in group outings such as company picnics. The private area includes pavilions, volleyball and softball fields, a driving range, a nature trail and a swimming pool.
Believed to have existed since the early 18th Century, Davies Manor is one of the oldest properties of Memphis. Surrounded by 30 acres (12 hectares) of luxuriant land that's home to beautiful gardens and archaic outbuildings, this log home served as a plantation centuries ago. It is also believed that the house was occupied by African-Americans slaves during the Civil War. Today, this iconic address is open to visitors who wish to learn about its history and appreciate manor's picturesque setting. Tours are organized throughout the property, and all of the contents of the house are neatly marked for your convenience. While touring the farms, be ready to catch glimpses of deer families.