June 13, 2014. Corner of Market St. and 1st. Ave. *Georgia Garden Railway Society will set up an outdoor garden railroad around the caboose (weather permitting) *National Model Railroad Association will operate an HO scale train inside the depot *Operating live steam train models * Rolling Stock Trains from Atlanta will have train sets and accessories for sale *Depot’s own Lionel train in operation *Wright Hotel, Depot, and Section Foreman’s House open for tours 11-4 *Local soloist Mason McGill and Appalachian Music group, Tin Cup Rattlers, will be in outdoor concert at 2pm *Train theme color sheets for kids *All FREE, compliments of Murray County Elected Officials including Brittany Pittman, County Commissioner; Donna Flood, Clerk of Superior Court; Gary Langford, Sheriff; Charlotte Keener, Tax Commissioner; Dale Adams, Probate Judge; and Gale Buckner, Magistrate Judge.
Second Saturday “Americana Music Series” at the Chatsworth Depot May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 11
The Chatsworth Depot and Wright Hotel Committees of the Whitfield Murray Historical Society announce an ‘Americana Music Series” at the Depot in downtown Chatsworth during their regular Second Saturday openings this year. Designed to get more people into these historic buildings as well as to provide enjoyable quality activities for visitors to the sites, the events promise great entertainment for all ages—and a little history, too! A variety of performers will be featured at the free event which are sponsored by a number of local folks and businesses. Both the hotel and the depot will be open 11-4 each day with volunteers providing tours and activities at each building. Local and touring musicians scheduled to perform at 2 p.m. each day include: May 9- Robert Lovett & Pattee Wilbanks performing Americana, bluegrass, classic country at the depot, sponsored by Chatsworth Ford, while the Hotel will have games, face painting, and things for kids and adults. These events will be part of the Historical Society’s “Mother’s Day Caravan-with Whitfield County sites open also as well as the Old Spring Place Methodist Church. June 13-Jeff & Marcy Paulson will present a program of traditional ballads, sponsored by Murray County’s elected officials. The hotel will display railroad art and pictures and feature a “Train” story time for the youngsters. July 11-Butch Ross will host a dulcimer workshop in the morning @ 11am and do a concert that afternoon, sponsored by Ace Hardware. The hotel will have a Civil War theme. August 8-Murray County’s own Kingdom Seekers will open for the Earl Bracken bluegrass band at 2:00. This day will be sponsored by Chatsworth businesses Peeples Funeral Home, Paula’s Florist, First National Community Bank, and Life Touch Chiropractic. The Wright Hotel will host a “Local Authors” book day. September 11- The Wilsons will be the opening act at 2 p.m. followed by Tom Brown with a singers/songwriters showcase Sponsored by Bojangles, Krystal, & Captain D’s. The hotel will highlight its medical and Indian collections on this day. Refreshments will be available and while the tours will be free, donations for the preservation and maintenance of these historic properties are appreciated. The Depot and the hotel are located in downtown Chatsworth at the corner of Second Avenue and Market Street, one block east of U.S. 411. For more information check the historical society’s website at www.whitfield-murrayhistoricalsociety.org or check out the depot’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChatsworthDepot.
Open for special occasions and events. Please check Facebook and this web site for opening announcements.
To make arrangements for group tours or rentals please
call 706 695-4416.
Chair: Frank Adams
The Chatsworth Depot, originally on the L & N Railroad, has been moved a block from its original location behind the Wright Hotel.
The Caboose and Depot are located adjacent to the Wright Hotel
In 1904 the Louisville and Nashville railroad system ran from Cincinnati, Ohio to Etowah, Tennessee. In order to complete a direct line to Atlanta, the L&N railroad system began laying tracks from Etowah south. In 1905, tracks were laid through Murray County. The Chatsworth Depot, now located adjacent to the Wright Hotel, was built along the tracks during this period. It contained two waiting rooms, an agent's office, an express and baggage room, and a freight room. The L&N Railroad employed many Murray County residents, and trains would stop daily to transport residents traveling to and from Cartersville and other points. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once spent a night in his private car at the depot on his way to Warm Springs, where he went for therapy for polio.
The restored depot currently houses two museums: one chronicles the growth of the local talc industry; the other documents more than a century of railroad service in Murray County.
The Talc Museum contains a collection of historical information and artifacts relating to the talc industry in Murray County, including maps, documents, photographs, news articles, tools and special equipment.
The Railroad Museum concentrates on passenger and freight service through Murray County. Original items from several Murray County depots are on display along with an extensive display of tools, equipment, documents, and photographs related railroad history.
A caboose is also on display on the grounds of the Depot Museum.