SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Walking Horse Museum had another banner year in 2007 with 12,180 visitors enjoying the Lynchburg, Tenn. location.

A joint venture of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors Association  and the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration®, the museum is open year round and chronicles the history of the breed as well as showcasing The Celebration®.

“Averaging over 1,000 visitors per month is very exciting,” said TWHNC®  Director of Public and Media Relations, Chip Walters.  “People from all over the country want to learn about this wonderful animal while others have a chance to re-live great memories through the different exhibits.”

Downtown Lynchburg is a cornucopia of antique, gift, and other shops along with restaurants and local businesses.  During most of 2006 one of the landmarks of the downtown area was undergoing a facelift.  Miss Mary Bobo’s, famous for great southern cooking, underwent a renovation and moved its operations to the Visitors Center at Jack Daniel Distillery.  Miss Mary Bobo’s was back open for business and more people than ever were coming to downtown Lynchburg in 2007.

Exhibits include static displays chronicling the history of the breed, the care and maintenance of the animal, past World Grand Champions®, the history of The Celebration®, as well as tributes to a featured trainer and breeder.  There are also three different video displays that feature various subjects.  The newest display honors 2007 World Grand Champion® Master of Jazz.

A day trip to Lynchburg is a perfect getaway for a family or group built around stops at the Tennessee Walking Horse Museum and Jack Daniel Distillery with plenty of time for shopping and, of course, eating!

The Tennessee Walking Horse Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The museum is closed for lunch from 12-1 p.m.  There is no charge for admission.  The Tennessee Walking Horse Museum is located on the historic public square in downtown Lynchburg.