“The Wellwood store is a tribute to rural Americana and the country store of old. It brings back wonderful memories to the older generations and shows the younger generations a part of history of rural America not often seen anymore — the community country store." -Deborah Shaw Laman.
The Wellwood Store
Over Labor Day in 2009 we proudly opened The Wellwood Store. This historic country store was relocated from the Wellwood community where Brooks Shaw worked as a young boy. This store was his inspiration to create The Old Country Store. Now connected to it by a breezeway, it has been lovingly restored to preserve our Southern Heritage.
Wellwood was once a thriving community. It was founded in the late 1700s and early 1800s on the stage coach line that ran from Jackson, Brownsville, and Bells. At one time, the Wellwood community was larger than any of those three towns. At its peak, businesses in Wellwood included a hotel, theater, post office, livery stable, blacksmith shop, grist mills, schools, churches, ice house, four mercantile stores, and a telephone exchange. Today the area is still called Wellwood, but the store was one of the last businesses. It opened in 1925 and operated almost continuously until 2001. It was then relocated to Casey Jones Village in 2009.
For many years the Wellwood store was a true focal point of the rural West Tennessee community. For almost 20 years it was Clark Shaw's dream to someday own the little Wellwood store and relocate it to the Village as a tribute to his father, Brooks Shaw, who worked there as a teenager in the 1930s.
“Dad was fond of saying that he worked there for 50 cents a day and all the hoop cheese he could eat!” -Clark Shaw.
Clark shared his dream of owning the store with Mrs. Doris Joyner, the daughter of the original owner of the Wellwood store, she was very pleased to allow him to purchase the building and blessed it's relocation. For years Clark's cousins, Joy Moss and Linda Czigan, had stopped there as children on their school bus stop. Their vivid memories of the store helped Clark and his family re-design the interior of the store.
“Our goal for the Wellwood Store was to replicate the original layout. Where the checker board, stove, candy and so on went ” -Clark Shaw.
The 70-square-foot Wellwood country store has become a museum in tribute to Clark’s father. The store is filled with turn-of-the-century and early 1900s artifacts. It also contains the "Wildlife in Wood Studio".
Wildlife in Wood Studio
Master carver H.D. "DEE" Moss
Wildlife in Wood is a unique studio featuring one of a kind wood carvings by master woodcarver H.D. "Dee" Moss. Dee Moss is a native of Tennessee, the only living Rasp Master of the Mississippi Flyway and the recipient of world class and international awards for his wonderful hand carved sculptures. Dee was also featured by Ducks Unlimited in their documentary narrated by Jamison Parker, of the late tv show Simon & Simon. Dee carves waterfowl, wildlife and commissioned pieces. He also paints original artwork with limited edition prints. His studio has been located in the Casey Jones Village for 20 years. His studio fits perfectly within the Wellwood Store and offers a rare opportunity to see an artisan at work. Stop by soon and say hello. Dee would love to meet you.
For commission pieces contact Dee directly:
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