There’s so much to do, see and eat when you visit Casey Jones Village in Jackson, Tennessee. On-site, you’ll find a full day of activities at our world-class restaurants and gift shop. The Old Country Store (featuring Southern soul food), Dixie Café, legendary engineer Casey Jones’ Home & Railroad Museum, The Farm at Casey Jones Village, historic structures, The Village Chapel, the Providence House and Art in the Village.
When you’re craving a delicious Southern soul food meal, head on over to Brooks Shaw & Son’s Old Country Store. While the story and song 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 Jackson and a one-of-a-kind eating experience. Family-owned and -operated since 1965, the store offers daily lunch and dinner buffets, and a popular weekend breakfast buffet.
The home-cooked menu of traditional Southern food and unique twists on classic dishes vary by day and season, with some lunch and dinner favorites 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. During December, the breakfast buffet is open seven days a week to accommodate Christmas parties and families traveling for the holidays.
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, the city of Jackson’s railroad history and souvenirs and gifts for train lovers of all ages. Explore the exhibit hall, then climb aboard the 35-ton Engine 382 locomotive and ring the bell. The museum hosts a free weekly story time for preschool-age children that includes a story, snack and craft every Wednesday at 10:30am. There’s also a Little Free Library in front of the entrance for guests to “take a book or leave a book” at their leisure. In December, we host Polar Express nights with a story reading in the theater, crafts, refreshments, ringing the bell and visiting with Santa in the house. It’s a must see for all kids!
More Things To Do at Casey Jones Village and Old Country Store
The store’s founder, Brooks Shaw, opened the Old Country Store as an antiques museum and shop in 1965. His love for antiques and nostalgia for a simpler time is carried on by his family throughout the village, 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, old-fashioned candy, handspun milkshakes and delicious fudge. While you’re there, explore the brand-new children’s section with toys, books, stuffed animals, antique diecast toy cars, puzzles, books, gifts and more! The Ice Cream Shoppe is a great way to introduce traditional favorites to a new generation.
Other points of interest at Casey Jones Village include The Farm at Casey Jones Village, where visitors can walk through and enjoy wildflowers and herbs planted in raised garden beds. Further expansion is expected to commence in 2024. While you’re outside exploring, see the 100-year-old Village Chapel where Sunday services are held weekly. Over in the Village Shoppes, you’ll find The Art in the Village Gallery, a faith-based nonprofit collective that showcases works from over 30 local artists. The gallery has been open for 13 years and includes paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery and unique handcrafted items. Stop by and see Mary Spellings for all of your art needs!
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, Civil War Trails stop and a monthly Farmers Market on The Farm. There are also several Tesla super-charging stations at Casey Jones Village, providing thousands of charging sessions 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
Visit The Old Country Store during any season, but especially during the holidays.
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 offering its signature Southern hospitality.
The third Saturday of October is when we invite our guests to enjoy the Casey Jones Village Festival. Enjoy bouncers, petting zoos, local vendors, artists and artisans, train rides, face-painting and more! 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. 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 team members 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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