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Family-friendly Casey Jones Village in Jackson, TN

The Old Country Store at Casey Jones Village

The Old Country Store is a family-friendly attraction in Jackson, Tennessee. Stop by for authentic Southern food, history and more.

There’s so much to do, see and eat when you visit The Old Country Store at Casey Jones Village in Jackson, Tennessee. On-site, you’ll find a full day of activities at our world-class restaurant and gift shop (featuring Southern comfort food), legendary engineer Casey Jones’ Home & Railroad Museum, The Farm, historic structures, The Village Chapel, the Providence House and Dixie Café. 

Have a Meal at The Old Country Store

When you’re craving a delicious Southern soul food meal, head on over to Brooks Shaw & Son’s Old Country Store. While the village and the story of heroic Casey Jones put Jackson on the map, locals and visitors agree that the buffet at the Old Country Store is a highlight of the area. Family-owned and -operated since 1965, the store offers daily lunch and dinner buffets, and a popular weekend breakfast buffet.

While the home-cooked menu of traditional Southern food varies by day and season, some lunch and dinner favorites include fresh, hand-battered tender fried chicken, hand-breaded pork chops with pan gravy, mac and cheese, special recipe homemade cornbread dressing and the world-famous cracklin’ cornbread. Vegetables are the foundation of the Southern plate, so you can find tons of veggies including creamed spinach, turnip greens with ham hock, collard greens, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, and more.
 
The Old Country Store serves breakfast seven days a week. You can sit down and enjoy a hot plate breakfast and a la carte items at the Dixie Café Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the buffet is open for breakfast and features eggs, bacon, country ham, sausage, casseroles, biscuits, gravy, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, pancakes and more. 

Explore the History of Casey Jones’ Home & Railroad Museum

Casey Jones’ Railroad Museum is next door to the historic home and a self-guided tour of the house is included in your admission fee. The kid-friendly museum offers exhibits about the life and legend of Jones, the role railroads played in the Civil War and the city of Jackson’s railroad history. Explore the exhibit hall, then climb aboard the 35-ton Engine 382 locomotive and ring the bell.

 Gift Shop, Miss Anne’s Ice-Cream Shoppe and More Things To Do 

The store’s founder, Brooks Shaw, opened the Old Country Store as an antiques museum and shop in the 1960s. His love for antiques and nostalgia for a simpler time is carried on by his family at the Gift Shop, as the walls and displays are covered in history. At Miss Anne’s Ice Cream Shoppe, named in memory of Brooks’ wife, enjoy a fresh scoop of Blue Bell ice cream, candy, handspun milkshakes and handmade fudge. While you’re there, explore our brand-new children’s section with toys, books, gifts and more.

Other points of interest at Casey Jones Village include The Farm, where visitors can walk through and enjoy wildflowers and herbs planted in raised garden beds. While you’re outside exploring, see the 100-year-old Village Chapel where Sunday services are held weekly. The Art in the Village Gallery is a faith-based nonprofit collective that showcases works from over 30 local artists – including paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery and unique handcrafted items.

What’s New at Casey Jones Village

Though the Old Country Store can feel like stepping into the past, the Shaw family continues to add new attractions and amenities to the Village. Several projects are in the works, including a drive-thru at the Dixie Cafe, renovations to the Ice Cream Parlor and a monthly Farmers Market on The Farm. There are also several Tesla super-charging stations at Casey Jones Village, charging more than 200 Teslas a month. It’s a forward-thinking amenity, attracting drivers passing through the state or driving across the country who are looking for a safe place to stop and recharge.

Annual Seasonal Events in Casey Jones Village 

Experience the seasons with annual events and celebrations at Casey Jones Village, including an annual Christmas Eve breakfast that has served thousands of people for 35 years. Generations of local families come together at the Old Country Store, and visitors are welcome to join in the celebration. The store is decked out in Christmas lights, greenery and offers its signature Southern hospitality.
 
A party is held annually at the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum to celebrate Jones’ birthday, March 14, with a cake and tea reception, and free admission for all guests who stop by that day. 
 
On July 31 (aka “#731 Day”) the Casey Jones Village serves as a popular stop for the locals enjoying this civic holiday. The Jackson area code is 731, and several activities happen throughout the city on this iconic day. At the Village, a huge water balloon fight takes place in front of the Providence House, directly behind the Old Country Store. Hundreds of guests can cool off with one of the 7,310 water balloons or even get “rained on” by the Jackson Fire Department hoses.
The Shaw family and Old Country Store staff work hard each day to carry out their mission statement: "Serving great food, great people, and a greater purpose since 1965." Team members and guests alike often talk about how something just feels different when working and visiting Casey Jones Village. You're invited to come experience it for yourself.

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