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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  • If you are someone who is into local histories then please stop by and check this little tr s sure out.  more »
  • Lake Wales is an old town in Central Florida about an hour south of Kissimmee. The museum is housed in an historic railway depot which was central in the growth of Florida early in the1900s. The displ...  more »
  • Stopped by just to get out of the heat and were treated to a wonderful historical museum. Donations - no fee. Lots of local history on the development of Lake Wales. Our group - 6 adults and 5 cub sco...  more »
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  • The history of Lake Wales, Florida kept alive here to educate future generations. Highly recommended 👍👍.
  • Very interesting and well run! A good place to go on a rainy day.
  • 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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