Old Country Store Ice Cream Parlor Recognized by USA Today
(September 16, 2013) - Jackson, Tenn - Brooks Shaw's Old CountryStore
Ice Cream Parlor has been nationally recognized by USA Today in a
listing of 51 Great Ice Cream Parlors in America. One Ice Cream Parlor
per State was selected and the Old Country Store was chosen for
Tennessee as recommended by Cindy Dupree of the Tennessee Department of
Tourist Development based in Nashville. The USA Today information said,
"The world famous Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store Restaurant in
Jackson, Tennessee is a must stop on I-40. In business since 1965, the
Old Country Store serves three delicious Southern buffets daily and
includes an authentically recreated 1890's Ice Cream Parlor & Fudge
Shoppe, charming Southern Gift and Confectionery Shoppe and Old Country
Store "To Go" takeout."
Old Country Store has been serving ice cream since it opened in 1965.
When the company developed Casey Jones Village and moved to a larger
location in 1978 it took on a whole new life with an authentically
recreated 1890's ice cream parlor. Classic
old fashioned ice cream treats are served like those found in the soda
fountains and drugstores around the late 19th century American South
such as milkshakes, sundaes, sodas, banana splits and root beer floats.
centerpiece of the parlor is a very rare soda fountain made in 1893 and
one of only 75 like it ever made. Reportedly only three are still in
existence today. The soda fountain was purchased by Old Country Store
founder Brooks C. Shaw from a mercantile store in Okalona, Mississippi
in the the 1960's.
Shaw & Son's Old Country Store is located at 56 Casey Jones Lane in
Jackson, Tennessee. Casey Jones Village is located on I-40 exit 80A
nearly midpoint between Memphis and Nashville and is one on Tennessee’s
Top 10 most visited travel attractions, according to the Tennessee
Department of Tourist Development.
Old Country Store Receives State Hospitality Award
Tenn. – The Tennessee Hospitality Association honored hospitality
industry veteran Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store at its annual “Stars of
the Industry” awards Gala, held recently at Nashville’s Music City
Center. The Old Country Store received the Gold Star Public Relations
Award for an Ongoing Special Event by a Restaurant. The award honors
the 25 year old musical tradition of the Jackson Area Plectral Society
club jam. It was accepted by Deborah Shaw Laman, Old Country Store
co-owner and marketing director.
The Jackson Area Plectral Society is a non-profit organization made up
of local and area musicians and supporters dedicated to the promotion
and preservation of traditional old-time string music. Every Thursday
night around 70 to 90 members gather at the Old Country Store and around
Casey Jones Village as they have for over 25 years. Club president is
Jerry Heavner. Deborah Shaw Laman said, "The weekly club jam creates
magical moments for our guests as they share their musical talents
forming jam circles in the Ice Cream Parlor at the Old Country Store,
around the front porch and various spots around Casey Jones Village. Members
play such instruments as fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer,
bass, dobro and harmonica preserving the authenticity of old-time string
music. We are very proud to have this event honored by the Tennessee
Country Store CEO Clark Shaw said, "Our local, national and
international visitors really enjoy live local music. The Plectral
Society members are tremendously talented and we love sharing this slice
of traditional old-time music with our guests. We strive to be a
musical cultural center for West Tennessee and the Plectral Society’s
contribution to that effort is invaluable as they represent true
Jackson Area Plectral Society also holds their annual fall festival,
the Casey Jones Village Old-time Music & Arts Festival, in Casey
Jones Village as well as performing at special events throughout the
year such as Casey Jones Day in late April. The fall festival is
Saturday, September 14th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Casey Jones Village
is located in Jackson at 56 Casey Jones Lane.
About the Tennessee Hospitality Association The
Tennessee Hospitality Association is the voice of lodging and dining
establishments in the state of Tennessee. TnHA provides education and
training for industry employees and represents the interests of the
hospitality industry at the local, state and national levels. The
hospitality and tourism industry is the second largest in Tennessee and
represents 179,400 jobs and an annual economic impact in excess of $14.4
billion. Learn more about TnHA at
Brooks Shaw pictured left with his father Clark Shaw
Old Country Store Announces Management Appointments
TN) - June 17, 2013 - Old Country Store CEO Clark Shaw and Business
Manager Wendy Crouch have announced the following management
appointments effective immediately. Brooks Shaw, son of Clark and
Juanita Shaw, has been named Restaurant General Manager, Morgan Smith
has been named Old Country Store "To Go" Manager and Tracey King has
been named Old Country Store Gift Shoppe Manager.
Shaw previously served as the Dining Room Manager at the Old Country
Store in the family business. He has worked at the Old Country Store
for many years in various capacities throughout completing his
education. He is a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi
majoring in Hospitality Management. He will continue to oversee the
Dining Room and will now lead and oversee all food service areas
including the kitchen operations, To Go operations, catering and
Providence House events.
Smith has been named the Old Country Store To Go manager and will
oversee the To Go takeout department at the Old Country Store. There
is also a community table and dining cafe in the To Go. She brings many
experience in the restaurant business in her new management capacity
having worked in the restaurant, catering and office areas of the Old
Country Store the last ten years. She will be implementing innovative
new programs to further enhance the To Go experience.
King has worked at the Old Country Store the last few months and has
been promoted to Gift Shoppe Manager. She will oversee all aspects of
the Gift Shoppe department and Ice Cream Parlor. She is from Jackson
and has a background in sales and the healthcare industry.
Clark Shaw, Old Country Store CEO, said, "We are pleased to welcome
these dynamic young professionals to their new leadership roles as they
advance in our company. They each bring a variety of talents and
skills to their departments. We know the best is yet to come and look
forward to ensuring even better services and exciting new experiences
for our guests to enjoy."
Shaw's Old Country Store has been in business since 1965. Casey Jones
Village was developed by the company in 1978. Casey Jones Village is a
family destination that includes the historic Casey Jones Home &
Railroad Museum, Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store, Providence House, the
Village Chapel, Casey Jones Village Amphitheatre, the Shoppes at Casey
Jones Village, Music Highway Crossroads, Casey Jones Mini-Golf, the
Wellwood store with the Wildlife in Wood Studio of master woodcarver
Dee Moss and the Judge Milton Brown Pullman Railcar. The Shoppes at
Casey Jones Village include Music Highway Crossroads, Casey Jones
Southern Junction, Art in the Village gallery, Little Artist Studio
and the Church at the Village. Casey Jones Village annually welcomes
approximately 750,000 guests. For more information visit www.caseyjones.com .
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Shaw's Old Country Store
56 Casey Jones Lane
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
What a joy to read The Jackson Sun article by Libby Murphy about Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store founding owner Anne Shaw in today's newspaper. We LOVE it! Beautifully written by the wonderfully talented Libby Murphy, it lovingly tells the life story of our remarkable founding owner, Anne Shaw, who is the heart of our company. Enjoy reading it at the following link and be sure to visit Libby's website at http://www.twirlandtaste.com/
Happy 90th Birthday to Anne Shaw!! She and her husband, Brooks Shaw, founded Brooks Shaw & Son's Old Country Store in April of 1965. Miss Anne is a wonderful lady who is such a blessing to all of us who know and love her. Thank you for a lifetime of service to others and for all of your countless contributions to Jackson! Photo by Paul Jackson taken at a recent reception in her honor for family and friends at Providence House.
(Jackson, TN) Casey
Jones Home & Railroad Museum officials have announced a new free
community outreach program for the Jackson/Madison County School System
called the Casey Jones Traveling Trunk Show. Judy Lafont, Casey Jones
Village Education Coordinator, will be visiting local elementary schools
sharing the story of hometown hero and international railroad legend
Casey Jones with classrooms using various train related items to tell
the story. Judy is a retired teacher from JMCSS who worked for the local school system for over 30 years.
She began working at Casey Jones Village last fall and helped create
the award winning reading program Casey's Ticket 2 Fun. She has an
educational program for children age 8 & under at Casey Jones Museum
on Monday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am. If
you are interested in having Judy visit your school, call Casey Jones
Museum at 731.668.12-2-2 just like a train whistle.
Jones Home & Railroad Museum is located at 30 Casey Jones Lane in
Jackson, Tennessee. It features the historic family home of railroad
hero Casey Jones and an 8,000 square foot "Train Station" that includes
exhibit halls, a community room, three railroad cars and a museum
Jones Home & Railroad Museum has announced the retirement of
Executive Director, Lawrence Taylor, and his wife, Norma Taylor, the
Casey Jones Museum Historian effective Monday, April 15th. Mr. Taylor
is retiring after 35 years of service and Mrs. Taylor has worked with
him for 18 years in the day to day operation of Casey Jones Museum.
Lawrence and Norma both grew up in Jackson and graduated from Jackson High School and Lambuth College. Lawrence
was a sales representative for H.T. Ardinger for twenty years. He has
been with the Old Country Store organization since it was located on
Airways and then moved to Casey Jones Village 35 years ago in 1978 when
he became a co-owner andstockholder.
Lawrence has been active in the tourism industry and served a term as
president of the Tennessee Hotel-Motel Association among other tourism
involvement through the years. Norma is a former school teacher and in
2011 authored and published a book on the life of Casey Jones entitled
"Casey Jones - The Legend Lives On".
and Norma have made a great team at Casey Jones Museum. They both
served on the planning committee for the major 8,000 square foot "Train
Station" expansion of Casey Jones Museum that opened in 2009. Their son,
Mark, and daughter-in-law, Jill, have two children. We wish the Taylors
the very best as they retire and thank them for their many years of
JACKSON, TN – (March 31,
2013) Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum recently received two
Awards of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) at
the organization's annual conference in Middle Tennessee. The awards
recognized Casey Jones Museum’s “Casey’s Ticket 2 Fun” reading program
in the educational programming category and “Bobby Clark Day” in the
special event category. The annual meeting was headquartered in
Franklin this year. An awards banquet and tour of historic sites was
held in Columbia with the attendees visiting the James K. Polk Home as
well as historic sites around Franklin such as Carnton Plantation.
Accepting the awards was Museum marketing director Deborah Shaw Laman.
mission of the Tennessee Association of Museums is to encourage best
management practices in Tennessee museums, to stimulate public interest,
support and understanding and to promote the interchange of ideas and
cooperation among museums and museum personnel. For a list of member
museums visit www.tnmuseums.org.
Jones Home & Railroad Museum features the 1890’s family home of
railroad legend Casey Jones and an 8,000 square foot “Train Station”
that houses exhibits honoring Casey Jones and the railroad history of
For more information on Casey Jones Museum, visit www.caseyjones.com. It is open daily and located at 30 Casey Jones Lane in Jackson, Tennessee.
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Shaw's Old Country Store
56 Casey Jones Lane
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
Posted March 11th, 2013: What an exciting day! We were invited by the WREG Live at 9 show in Memphis to talk about the 150th Birthday Celebration for Casey Jones and to share a Southern recipe. Our thanks to the show and to hosts Marybeth Conley and Alex Coleman. Great job by Clark Shaw, Old Country Store CEO, and his son, W. Brooks Shaw, our Dining Room Manager! Here's a link to the segment below:
We LOVE the article in The Jackson Sun newspaper today about Story Time at Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, Miss Judy and her special guest Cosby. Our thanks to the Sun and reporter Tajuana Cheshier and photographer Aaron Hardin for a fantastic job sharing with the Sun readers about this twice weekly story time opportunity for families with children.