The Village Chapel
In 2009, Clark and Juanita Shaw discovered a small church building that belonged to the Browns Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Haywood County. It was built in 1905 and had been abandoned nearly forty years ago, but was still in excellent condition. It seats approximately 80 people. The Shaws approached the remaining membership of the church who graciously agreed to the church being relocated to Casey Jones Village.
Clark and Juanita Shaw and the Old Country Store established a new non-profit community fund through a partnership with the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation entitled the "Village Church Historic Preservation Fund", whose mission statement is as follow:
Donations are tax deductible and may be made to:
West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation
Memo: Village Church Historical Fund
74 Directors Row
Jackson, TN 38305
Please be sure to designate your donations to the fund name "Village Church Historical Fund"
We are very proud to be a fund of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation
"To preserve and educate future generations about the rich history of worship in West Tennessee and the American South."
The Village Chapel was relocated to the Casey Jones Village in 2010 by Bill McMillen, the house mover, who also gaciously donated 125 year old brick for the church's foundation.
The church is used today for a number of purposes. Primarily it is used as a prayer chapel open daily and made available to every visitor who comes to the Village. The church is also used for special occasions and other uses that include everything from gospel sings, community meetings, and dinners on the ground.