Shaw family acquires Trenton house
Posted: Monday, July 5, 2010 9:06 pm
JACKSON — Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store and Clark and Juanita Shaw have announced the relocation of the historic Neil House from Trenton to Casey Jones Village in Jackson later this summer.
The Neil House was built in 1837 and, at 173 years, is one of Tennessee’s oldest homes.
It has been an important part of Tennessee history and played a role in the Battle of Trenton during the Civil War when citizens gathered on its roof to watch the battle unfold. It later became the home of Judge M.M. Neil, who served as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.
The Shaw family and their company, Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store, have a passion for preserving history and plan to restore this Tennessee treasure to its original antebellum period look. The antebellum plantation house is built in classical Federal style with two large porches, 14-foot ceilings, 15-inch baseboards and door frames of heart pine and 12-foot windows.
Due to the height of more than 33 feet, the home will be divided into two sections and will be moved to Casey Jones Village at the end of July. It will then be reassembled and restored on site at Casey Jones Village to its 1837 antebellum grandeur.
Once fully restored on both the exterior and interior, period furniture and accessories will be added to make the restoration complete. It will be utilized as an attraction at Casey Jones Village and made available for historic home tours.
The new name for the home will be “The Plantation House” at Casey Jones Village: An Antebellum Experience. The home is expected to be open to the public in the spring of 2011.
Published in The Messenger 7.5.10