Our Culture: Trains / Depots

BillLee TrainBill Lee Train Depot and Historical Society Museum

This setting includes the Depot Building (which houses the museum), an expansive platform (now used for the market), and a large open grass field with gazebo and train. The Museum offers a colorful glimpse of Washington County’s people, industry and lifestyles. Featured exhibits include: Train Station & Memorabilia, Col. W.D. Chipley, Industry & Turpentine, and the Military. It is open the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. until noon, as well as every Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please visit www.washingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org.

 

Greensboro Depot Railroad MuseumThe Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum

The historic Apalachicola Northern Railroad (ANRR) Depot in Greensboro was built in 1907 and is the only remaining depot on the line which runs from River Junction in Gadsden County to Port St. Joe in Gulf County, Florida. About 40 years ago, the depot was moved from its original location and scheduled for demolition. The West Gadsden Historical Society (WGHS) realized what a tremendous historic loss this would be, and persuaded Progress Energy to donate the building to them. On September 7, 2007, the depot was moved to a parcel of land adjacent to the railroad that had been donated by the St. Joe Land Company. The historic depot was restored and an adjoining meeting room built through a grant administered by Gadsden County from the U. S. Department of Transportation. The Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on the first and last weekend of each month.

 

Marianna and Blountstown MuseumMarianna & Blountstown (M&B’s) Train Depot Museum

For 63 years (1909-1972), the Marianna and Blountstown Railroad was Calhoun County’s link to the commerce of the nation. Until 1929, the M&B (also affectionately known as “Many Bumps” or “Meat and Bread”) provided passenger service, carried mail, agricultural products, manufacturing goods, and building products. In the early years, logging spur lines extended into remote areas of the county and millions of board feet of long-leaf pine lumber were shipped from local sawmills. During its operation, the 29-mile-long line was Florida’s shortest railroad. Steam locomotive #444 was in operation when the M&B’s first diesel engine arrived in 1947 and rests today on the exact location of the old M&B roadbed. Climb aboard the historic locomotive and caboose and visit the Depot Museum.