The Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation and the Florida Heritage Foundation recently announced the 2014 Tallahassee/Leon County Historic Preservation Awards. Among the awards recipients is the Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum which was recognized for outstanding achievement in the Preservation Project of Regional Impact category. The West Gadsden Historical Society was recognized for their saving of, the preservation of, and the restoration of the Greensboro Apalachicola Northern Railroad Depot located at 115 Duffle Ave., Greensboro. The Tallahassee Trust is dedicated to advancing historic preservation in Tallahassee and the surrounding communities. Its board and staff work diligently to evaluate the historic treasures in the area around the Capital City and the surrounding region. This achievement was recognized and the award presented at the 2014 Tallahassee/Leon County Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony, held Thursday, May 8, at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. The event featured proclamations from state and local officials and a reception followed the presentation of the awards. WGHS is proud to be the recipient of this award! The West Gadsden Historical Society is greatly appreciative of all the support we received from our families, friends, neighbors, and businesses during the past 6 years while the planning and eventual relocation and restoration of the Greensboro Apalachicola Northern Railroad Depot. Please remember to come by for a tour - -- there are always new items added for display. Admission is free and there is a hands-on children’s room for their enjoyment.
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The historic Apalachicola Northern Railroad (ANRR) depot in Greensboro was built in 1907 and is the only remaining depot on the line which runs from River Junction in Gadsden County to Port St. Joe in Gulf County, Florida. About 40 years ago, the depot was moved from its original location between the main line and the side track to a nearby lot. It was then remodeled by Nelson Clark and used as his barber shop, grocery store as well as a thrift shop operated by area United Methodist churches. As Progress Energy Corporation began expanding network electrical lines through Northwest Florida, it became evident that the old depot was directly in its path and the demolition of the depot building was planned. The ANRR had been significant to the growth throughout this area, and West Gadsden Historical Society (WGHS) realized what a tremendous historic loss the demolition of this landmark would be to the town, county and the entire region.
With destruction looming, WGHS acted quickly, contacting Progress Energy, telling them of our strong desire to save the old depot building from destruction, preserve it, and establish it as a railroad museum. In turn, Progress Energy generously donated the building to WGHS and provided funding to relocate the historic depot to a parcel of land adjacent to the railroad that had been graciously donated by the St. Joe Land Company. After many hours of planning, design, permitting delays and sweat to ready the depot for relocation, the Greensboro Depot was moved on September 7, 2007. We were fortunate then to receive grant funding through the U. S. Department of Transportation with which the historic depot was restored and an adjoining classroom building constructed. Gadsden County graciously volunteered to administer the grant and further facilitated bidding and construction inspection of the depot’s renovation.
The Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum now proudly stands again in the center of Greensboro at the corner of Selman Street and Duffle Avenue. Community support and admiration of the restored structure signifies its importance to the re-growth of the area. The depot now serves as a museum that houses not only items pertaining to the Apalachicola Northern Railroad, but many different railroads’ memorabilia.
Additionally, the depot complex houses the Patricia Fletcher Vice Meeting Facility that is available for public use. The meeting facility offers a large training/reception room and a small wet bar area. It is a wonderful facility to use for board meetings, parties or small receptions.
We are OPEN Saturdays and Sunday afternoons
1 pm to 4 pm the 1st and last weekend of each month.
Private tours may be scheduled and the Patricia Vice Meeting Facility is available for rental.
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