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Lake Wales Depot Museum, Lake Wales

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Nothing spectacular,but a great brief history of the area. Old trains still being refurbished which sadly was what I wanted to see, but the historical information was well worth it.  more »
  • A friend and I decided to stop in, and we are so glad we did!! The renovations are amazing! The new director has done a fantastic job redoing all the exhibits and educating visitors about the city. WE...  more »
  • Not much to see but worth a stop. There is a weird smell so beware. Small place but has a few nice features.  more »
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  • 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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