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History Group Does Community Service Project at Casey Jones Village

Nov 2, 2010

Twenty-nine people from Union University participated in the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department community service project at Casey Jones Village in Jackson on November 2, 2010. The project was a part of Union’s annual “Campus and Community: A Day of Remembrance and Service.” Clark and Juanita Shaw, owners of Casey Jones Village, served as the hosts for the event.

The two centers of attention for the Union volunteers were a 100-year-old church recently moved to Casey Jones Village from Brownsville and the Neil House which was built in 1837, making it one of the oldest homes in Tennessee. The Neil House was located in Trenton, Tennessee, until this past summer, when the Shaws acquired it and moved it to Jackson. Both the church and the house will be important historic buildings open to the public when they are fully restored.

Union participants in the historic preservation project performed a variety of tasks. One group did deep cleaning at the Neil House. Its members swept insulation dust from the floors, picked up and discarded debris inside and outside the home, scraped old paint from windows, washed windows with soap and water, smoothed out dirt around the home, rearranged lumber, and moved a piano from one room to another. Those working at the church also did cleaning tasks similar to those at the Neil House. In addition, they spent considerable time putting a coat of paint on the building’s interior walls and window frames.

After a picnic lunch, Union participants went on a tour of the Historic Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum as well as Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store. They visited Casey Jones’ 1890s home, saw numerous railroad artifacts and exhibits from the same era in the museum, and climbed a replica of Casey Jones’ famous Locomotive No. 382. At the Old Country Store, Clark Shaw showed them the restored interior of the original store his father first worked in, and he introduced them to master woodcarver Dee Moss. The Union volunteers capped their afternoon activities with ice cream cones - courtesy of the Shaw family - from the 1890s-style Ice Cream Parlor located in the Old Country Store. All participants were back on Union’s campus by 2:30 p.m.


Participants in the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department community service project join together in front of a century-old church to begin their activities at Casey Jones Village in Jackson on November 2, 2010. They are: (left to right) Mr. Shane Powers, Mr. Clark Shaw, Mrs. Juanita Shaw, Dr. Judy LeForge, Mr. Joe Mitchell, John Lewis, Kate Cline, Mary Ellen Poe, Will Miller (behind Mary Ellen), Dr. Stephen Carls, Patricia Dawson, Megan Winters, Kevin Reid, Camille McCullar, Savannah German, Travis Lutz, Elaura Highfield, Dr. David Thomas, Caitlin Roach, Adrian Cain, Dr. Keith Bates (back row), Elizabeth Blevins (in front of Dr. Bates), Mary Alisa Techentin, Elizabeth Shaw (seated), Glenae Nora, Megan Moore, Dr. Henry Allen, Colton Gebben, Wil Sloan, Cale Little, and Tyler Jones.


The Neil House, pictured here, dates from 1837 and is one of the oldest homes in Tennessee. It was brought from Trenton, Tennessee, to Casey Jones Village during the summer of 2010 and was one of the focuses of the Phi Alpha Theta/ History Department 2010 community service project on November 2.


Elizabeth Shaw works as the manager of the snack table at the history department’s Day of Remembrance project at Casey Jones Village on November 2. The Shaws’ family dog rests beside her.


Mary Ellen Poe (left to right), Will Miller, Megan Moore, and Patricia Dawson enjoy a time of relaxation together at the beginning of the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department community service project on November 2 at Casey Jones Village.


Mary Ellen Poe sweeps up dust in a second-floor room of the Neil House on November 2. Dr. Keith Bates works behind her.


Dr. Henry Allen (left) and Travis Lutz move a piece of lumber to a new location by the Neil House on November 2.


Adrian Cain and Dr. David Thomas put miscellaneous items in a trash container at the Neil House on November 2. Mr. Joe Mitchell is on the right in a red jacket.


Elizabeth Blevins sweeps up insulation on the floor of the Neil House during the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department community service project on November 2 at Casey Jones Village.


Kevin Reid helps throw a piece of lumber from the second floor of the Neil House to the ground below during Phi Alpha Theta’s Day of Remembrance project on November 2.


Glenae Nora cleans a window in the Neil House during the history department’s community service project at Casey Jones Village on November 2.


Mary Alisa Techentin scrapes off old paint from a window at the Neil House on November 2 at Casey Jones Village.


John Lewis (left) and Wil Sloan smooth out dirt around the Neil House during the Phi Alpha Theta community service project on November 2.


Union University photographer Kristi McMurry follows the many work activities of the history department volunteers with her camera at Casey Jones Village on November 2.


Kate Cline throws debris into a trash can at the century-old church at Casey Jones Village on November 2. Dr. Judy LeForge is behind her.


Dr. Judy LeForge on November 2 scrapes paint from a window inside the 100-year-old church recently moved to Casey Jones Village from Brownsville, Tennessee.


Patricia Dawson paints inside the old country church at Casey Jones Village on November 2.


Will Miller on November 2 scrapes the exterior of a window clean at the old country church at Casey Jones Village.


Cale Little cleans a window on November 2 with soap and water at the century-old church at Casey Jones Village.


Tyler Jones paints inside the 100-year-old church at Casey Jones Village on November 2.


Colton Gebben paints a wall at the century-old church at Casey Jones Village on November 2.


Mr. Clark Shaw and his wife Juanita, the owners of Casey Jones Village, show delight at the end of the morning of November 2, after viewing some of the results of the work assignments given to the Union University volunteers earlier that day.


Participants in the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department community service project enjoy a picnic lunch on the patio of the Old Country Store on November 2.


Mr. Clark Shaw (left) and Dr. Stephen Carls discuss the afternoon tour of the Historic Casey Jones’ Home and Railroad Museum during the history department’s November 2 Day of Remembrance lunch break.


Wil Sloan (left to right), John Lewis, and Travis Lutz stand by a Rock Island Line sign on November 2 at the Casey Jones railroad museum.


Union University photographer Morris Abernathy takes a break from taking photos on November 2 to enjoy the moment on a replica of Casey Jones’ Engine No. 382.


Participants in the Phi Alpha Theta/History Department community service project at Casey Jones Village stand in front of and on a replica of Casey Jones’ Locomotive No. 382 during a visit to the railroad museum on November 2. They are: (front row, left to right) Megan Moore, Elaura Highfield, Adrian Cain, Megan Winters, Caitlin Roach, Dr. Judy LeForge, Savannah German, Patricia Dawson, Mrs. Juanita Shaw, and Mr. Clark Shaw; (second row, left to right) Will Miller, Wil Sloan, Dr. Keith Bates (just behind Will Sloan), Colton Gebben, John Lewis, Glenae Nora, and Camille McCullar; (back row, left to right) Kevin Reid, Tyler Jones, Travis Lutz, Dr. David Thomas, Mary Alisa Techentin, Dr. Stephen Carls, and Cale Little.


Glenae Nora (left) and Megan Winters relax in the gift shop of the Historic Casey Jones’ Home and Railroad Museum as the history group finishes its museum tour on November 2,


Caitlin Roach tries on an exotic pair of sunglasses on November 2 during a tour of Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store at Casey Jones Village.


Camille McCullar enjoys an ice cream cone at the 1890s-style Ice Cream Parlor in the Old Country Store as the history department volunteers near the end of their day at the Village on November 2.


Caitlin Roach (left to right), Mary Alisa Techentin, Elaura Highfield, and Savannah German relax with ice cream cones at the end of their day at Casey Jones Village on November 2.


Dr. Keith Bates waits in line to get his ice cream cone on November 2 at the Casey Jones Village Ice Cream Parlor.