City of Lake Wales: Depot Museum, Lake Wales

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Constructed of brick and covered with pink stucco, the Depot at 325 S. Scenic Highway was built as a passenger station by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1928 at an approximate cost of $51,000. Replacing service at the original depot, the new location was chosen to relieve traffic congestion in the downtown area. A freight room and loading platform were added in 1938.

Passenger service to Lake Wales ceased in 1954. In 1966, Seaboard Air Line and Atlantic Coast Line merged to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railway. In 1974, freight service shifted to the West Lake Wales station, and trains no longer stopped at the Lake Wales depot. However, the Spanish style building with the red tile roof remained a landmark of the post-boom era in Lake Wales.

Spearheaded by the Bicentennial Commission, efforts began in 1974 to convert the empty building into a museum and cultural arts center for the citizens of Lake Wales.
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  • The Depot has been through many phases, but right now it is GRAND! Wonderful history shown through photos. Executive Director is a font of information. Definitely go if you are in Lake Wales - don't m...  read more »
  • love to see culture and history. not everyones taste maybe better for older kids. Enjoyable and interesting 
  • The museum has re-opened and has many exhibits on the history of Lake Wales and the area. They are working on getting the Caboose reopened too. The displays on the Citrus and Naval Stores industries w...  read more »
  • Fantastic place. Glad to see that something in Lake Wales is so well run.
  • It's closed until the end of May 2016.
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