Providence House was built in 1837 by an Englishman named James D. Scrape. James stowed away on one of his father's whaling ships from England to America and was captured by American pirateers. He was also imprisoned, escaped, assumed an alias, and eventually settled in Trenton, becoming a successful landowner and building his home on High Street. Years later, during the American Civil War, the home was a "witness house" to the Battle of Trenton in December of 1862 led by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Residents of the town climbed up on the roof of the home to watch the battle unfold.
Providence House is a Greek Revival plantation-style antebellum home with massive columns, two full porches, and 14-foot ceilings. It is one of Tennessee's oldest structures. We added a 2,000 square foot deck on the back for entertainment. After an extensive restoration, she serves the public as a special events venue. Every decision was made with love and devotion to authentic historic preservation. We consider it a great honor to have the home in the Village.
The Providence House
Providence House was added to Casey Jones Village in the spring of 2010. Negotiations with the local owner of the former Neil Home in Trenton, Tennessee resulted in an agreement to relocated the landmark to Jackson, Tennessee, giving this majestic 1837 treasure and antebellum masterpiece a new life in Casey Jones Village.
This historic home was once owned by the Scrape and then Neil families. We renamed it Providence House because we feel it is by the Providence of God that we were able to acquire it. Also, the Casey Jones family has a close connection to the Providence, Tennessee community since our Founder, Brooks Shaw was born there.
Fees to use the Home vary according to the type of event. Please note: The fee does not include any additional rental items you may need for your event including tents, florals, etc. The Old Country Store is your exclusive caterer for Village events and will be happy to coordinate your menu selections with you. Thank you and we look forward to serving you!