One of the many things I love about middle Tennessee and Columbia particularly, is the abundance of beautiful, historic architecture. The old depot captured my fascination many years ago when my younger brother moved here. I can just see it back in its glory days, pristine and hopping with activity, porters carrying luggage, produce being unloaded for market, travelers in their traveling clothes.
So you can imagine my delight to hear it will be opened this Sunday to members of the Maury County Historical Society. Vice President Kathie Fuston tells us more....
"The Maury County Historical Society will meet on Sunday, January 20, at 2:00PM, at the Columbia Train Depot on Depot Street.
Owners David and Debra Hill will host a tour of the Romanesque limestone structure, built in 1902 to replace an older building that once stood nearby. Once known as Union Station, the Depot served as a part of the Louisville & Nashville and Duck River Valley Narrow Gauge Railroad (L&N).
The station was a hub of the community until the 1960’s, when passenger service was discontinued. In recent years the Depot had fallen into disrepair, and was named to the Tennessee Preservation Trust’s “Ten in TN Endangered Property List” in 2009.
The Hills will discuss the renovation planned for 2013. Refreshments will be served. There is no handicapped access. This meeting is open to MCHS members, with annual memberships and 2013 renewals available at the door for $25.
For more information contact Kathie Fuston at 931-797-8506."
If you have ever considered membership in the Maury County Historical Society, now is the time. Thank you Kathie for letting us know about this event and the lovely photo.