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Winter Storm Titan - Weather Update

Monday, March 3rd, 2014:   Winter Storm Titan is not being kind to Tennessee or most of the country for that matter.  Due to an ice storm during the night causing treacherous driving conditions for our team and our guests we are not able to be open today.  We plan to open hopefully Tuesday at 11:00 am.  Stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter for further updates today. 

USA Today Recognizes Old Country Store Ice Cream Parlor


(Photo by Paul Jackson Photography)

Old Country Store Ice Cream Parlor
Recognized by USA Today
(September 16, 2013) - Jackson, Tenn - Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store 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."
The 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
The 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. 
Brooks 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 Hospitality Award

Old Country Store Receives State Hospitality Award

Jackson, 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 Hospitality Association."
Old 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 Americana."

The 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 www.tnhospitality.net.

Congrats to Brooks, Morgan & Tracey!

Brooks Shaw pictured left with his father Clark Shaw

Morgan Smith

Tracey King


Old Country Store Announces Management Appointments

(Jackson, 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. 

Brooks 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.

Morgan 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.

Tracey 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.

T. 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."

Brooks 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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Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store
56 Casey Jones Lane
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
1.731.668.1223 1.800.748.9588

www.caseyjones.com

The Best Whistlestop Between Memphis & Nashville!


Libby Murphy Features Anne Shaw in The Jackson Sun

May 15th, 2013:

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/

Link to Anne Shaw's Article

Happy 90th Birthday Anne Shaw!

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.


New School Outreach Program from Casey Jones Museum

April 18th, 2013
Announcing
The Casey Jones Traveling Trunk Show

Judy Lafont of Casey Jones Museum

April 18th, 2013
(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.
Casey 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 store. 
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Casey Jones Museum Announcement



Casey 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 and stockholder.  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". 
Lawrence 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 service.

Casey Jones Museum Wins State Awards!

We are delighted to announce the following news:


 
 
Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum
Wins State Awards
 

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.  

The 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.

Casey 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 Jackson.

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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Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store
56 Casey Jones Lane
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
1.731.668.1223 1.800.748.9588

www.caseyjones.com

The Best Whistlestop Between Memphis & Nashville!

Thank you to the Live at 9 Show in Memphis!



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:

WREG Live at Nine Show Appearance