reception, are also available via Backbeat Tours, which offers fun
musical expeditions of the city.
According to Bill Patton, the tour operator’s president, the most
popular outing is the Memphis Mojo Tour, which is led by an actual
“Having live music on the bus and involving our passengers as
Casey Jones Village, Jackson
part of the show with tambourines and shakers takes a simple bus
ride through the city to a whole new level,” he said. “Nothing builds
togetherness like singing together on a bus!”
Backbeat Tours also offers scavenger hunts and an Amazing Mem-
phis Race for more-structured teambuilding fun, as well as non-mu-
sical bus and walking tours, and a nighttime ghost tour through the
city’s famous South Main Historic Arts District.
Over 500 tour groups annually visit Casey Jones Village, which
according to Owner and CEO Clark Shaw, is a great place to stop as
groups travel down Music
Highway between Nashville
The on-site South-ern-themed restaurant
features three buffets daily,
and after a meal visitors can
explore Brooks Shaw’s Old
Country Store, the historic Casey Jones Home and
Railroad Museum, and grab
dessert at the circa-1890s Ice
“Tours here are self-guid-
ed. However, with notice an
escorted tour of the museum
and a number of other on-site
historical structures can be
arranged,” Shaw said, citing
the 1837 Providence House, which is also a popular choice for private
group dinners and other events.
Among the other gathering spaces here are the train station, an
amphitheater and a farm, where groups can host a dinner event for
up to 100 people in the middle of the garden.
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