Natural & State History

hatchie

The natural environment of West Tennessee has attracted people to the area for more than 12,000 years.  Prehistoric settlement by native civilizations, such as the Mississippians, flourished along the region’s vast waterway, including the Hatchie, prior to 1500 C. E.  They were followed in the 18th century by the Chickasaw who farmed the fertile river bottom landscape.  Little remains in the Brownsville area as evidence of their presence.  But the Hatchie continues to flow within the river’s unchannelized banks.  Today, you can learn about Brownsville’s historic natural and human history at the Hatchie National Wildlife Reserve and the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Museum.