SAVING THE RURAL RETREAT DEPOT
HELP US SAVE THE DEPOT
The Rural Retreat Depot was built in 1856 by the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad as a shipping point for local produce. In 2011 the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation purchased the Depot in a sad state of disrepair, with a mission to restore it and then manage it as a history museum and regional event space. 

As we go into 2016 the foundation and roof have been fully replaced and the exterior restored to its 1940's look. This work has been accomplished by many hours of locally donated labor and through generous private donations and grants. As early as 2013 the Depot started to be used for events.


OUR WORK IS NOT DONE AND WE NEED YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT
The Depot exterior was first priority in order to halt further degradation. Now that it's done we turn our attention to the interior. The former waiting room will become a modern museum with interactive kiosks brimming with content about the Depot's role in history. The freight room is to become an event space suitable for everything from weddings and reunions to theatrical and musical productions that can be streamed over the internet to audiences far away from but interested in our Appalachian culture. 
HAPPENING NOW!

ABSOLUTE AUCTION!!!
 July 30:  Annual Benefit Auction begins at 9 AM at the Depot
 on Heritage Day in Rural Retreat.
Click here for a list of items 
to be sold at absolute auction!


HAVE BREAKFAST AT THE DEPOT ON AUCTION DAY!
8:00 TO 9:00 AM
GRAVY AND BISCUITS ** DONUTS
COFFEE
Hosted by Light of Hope Church Youth
All proceeds will be devoted to missionary work

The Depot has a new look! Thanks to Ken Miller the station name
has been restored in authentic historic fashion. View photos 


The Rural Retreat Farmers Market at the Depot
 is open every Wednesday from 1:30 to 5:30 PM



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