Huntsville Depot Museum, Huntsville

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The Huntsville Depot located on the Norfolk Southern Railway line in downtown Huntsville is the oldest surviving railroad depot in Alabama and one of the oldest in the United States. Completed in 1860, the depot served as eastern division headquarters for the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. It is listed on both the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage and National Register of Historic Places.Huntsville was occupied by Union forces in 1862 during the Civil War as a strategic point on the railroad and the depot was used as a prison for Confederate soldiers. Graffiti left by the soldiers can still be seen on the walls. The Huntsville Depot saw its last regularly scheduled passenger train, Southern Railway's The Tennessean, on March 30, 1968. Today the Depot serves as a museum, part of the Early Works Museum.
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  • Time spent here is worth it .great exhibits ,and a peaceful place to enjoy beauty and talent . John ,a member of staff is very helpful and will assist you with your questions .  more »
  • This is a little like rummaging around Huntsville's attic. Several floors of exhibits. Steam Railway oriented of course.  more »
  • History is important and understanding the impact that this railroad station had in the growth of Huntsville was fascinating. The layout was impressive - and the actual facilities were well maintained...  more »
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  • Historic museum with civil war graffiti. 1800s era trains and cars. School tours and events venue
  • We were here for a wedding and it was a beautiful venue. We had plenty of space and a great time.
  • We visit here to celebrate Veterans Day. We enjoy the the Veterans Day Parade and the unveiling of the Visions for Vets Mosaic each year. This represents all US veterans.
  • I just loved bringing my two boys to the train depot! My boys are 4 and 2 so we didn't do the actual museum part, but they loved going in and out of all the big trains. The air conditioned play room with smaller trains and toys was a nice break from the hot sun and helped our 4 year old (who has mild autism) settle down and transition to the big trains(which he was scared of at first). My husband and I had fun climbing on things too! 😊 The sand pit with buckets and shovels was a big hit as well. Plenty of shade everywhere and a nice covered pincic area for a quick snack. We even got to see two real trains go by, which made my boys extremely happy. 😁
  • I would recommend this place for families. Kids will love this place.
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