The Old Country Store was located on Airways Boulevard (formerly Poplar) from 1965 to 1978. In our need for a larger campus, we moved and re-opened the Old Country Store in the newly developed Casey Jones Village in April of 1978. The outside was constructed to resemble our original store. Today the Old Country Store's first location is an automobile business called Old Country Auto.
Much of the interior of the Store reflects our rich local and regional history. For example, we've used eleven wooden doors that were originally in Edgewood, an antebellum home in Jackson, that was built before the Civil War. Despite efforts by the late Brooks Shaw (who passed away in 1971) to save the home from being torn down many years ago, he had the foresight to save many parts of the home for future use. The brick floors in the store are also from this home and were handmade by slaves.
The large posts on the front of the store were once lamp posts in Bemis, Tennessee, a community south of Jackson. The staircase post and rail are from the old two-story Cochran Grocery that once stood on East Chester Street.
The boards on the walls of the main dining room and hall came from very old barns located on the Vaughn farm on Anglin Lane in our county and the Alexander farm on the Cotton Grove Road.
You'll notice in our beautiful 1890's Ice Cream Parlor the silver and marble soda fountain. This was obtained in Okolona, Mississippi, from the Gilliam family. It was placed in their store in the late 1880's. As we understand it, there were only seventy-five built and only three left in existence.
The Lunchroom sign was on an old railroad depot in North Mississippi. While browsing around, be sure to see the hog bladder filled with snuff, a chicken duster, and over 15,000 thousand other rare and unusual items that are a part of our wonderful and fascinating collection of early American antiques. Most of the antiques were collected in the early 1960's by Brooks Shaw on weekend jaunts with his family around West Tennessee, Kentucky and northern Mississippi. They are a true glimpse into America's past.