Saturday, July 9, will mark the return of the Fort Mountain Boys to the Chatsworth Depot. This is the third in a series of summer events entitled ‘Homegrown’ Music at the Depot. This time the music potion will be provided by local legends--the Fort Mountain Boys as they return to Chatsworth for a concert at 5 pm inside the climate controlled Chatsworth Depot. This event is expected to be standing room only, so come early to get your seat! The Fort Mountain Boys definitely fit the ‘Homegrown’ category. The band has long been popular in Chatsworth and the North Georgia area and also well-known in the country music genre. Formed in 1980, by Porky and PJ Davenport of Chatsworth, the band started out playing at The Fort Mountain State Park and thus came the name, "The Fort Mountain Boys". Playing at the park was the beginning of their bookings and travels and led to show dates all over the United States, Canada, and overseas. The band has had the pleasure of working with some of the greatest names in the music industry. The group is currently composed of Porky and PJ Davenport, Rodney Quarles, and TeRan Vanmeter. It has been awhile since the group has performed publically in town, so be sure to catch the free July 9 show at 5pm. The Chatsworth Depot is located on the corner of Market Street and 1st Avenue east of Hwy 411 in downtown Chatsworth. It was constructed in 1905 by the L & N Railroad from plans that were standard for the railroad’s depots at the time. There were five very similar depots built in Murray County, but the one in Chatsworth is the only one remaining. This building was saved through the join efforts of the City of Chatsworth and the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society in 1988. The Chatsworth Depot along with the adjacent Wright Hotel, will be open for guided tours from 12 noon until 5 pm. Both buildings feature original and period furnishings along with historic displays of early Murray County history. The hotel will host Murray County Library’s book sale in the garage. All of these events are provided free by courtesy of Paula’s Florist, Peeples Funeral Home, LifeTouch Chiropractic, and Chatsworth First National Community Bank. Built in 1909 and opened in 1910, the Wright Hotel will highlight a special display about Chatsworth businesses, recently acquired period furnishings, a laundry display, a nursing display, and lots of other historic memorabilia filling all three levels of the historic brick structure located on the corner of Market Street and Second Avenue. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places TWICE—once as a part of the Downtown Chatsworth Historic District and again on its own merits as a truly unique structure. Various historical society publications will be available for purchase at the hotel. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome. Tours at both the depot and the hotel will run from noon until 5 p.m. THIS Saturday in downtown Chatsworth
N. First Avenue, Chatsworth, GA
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.
2016 Homegrown Music at the Depot Schedule
May 14- Performers TBA June 11- Model Train Day w/Georgia Garden Railway Society outdoor train, Richard Garlinghouse Master Model Maker, Georgia Live Steamers, Train Installations train van,Pat Turner (Turner Train Works) model train dealer, Chattanooga Modular Modelers N-Scale layout, Samuel Pankey Photography will be displaying and selling prints, and Taylor Swilling will pick and sing as a roving troubadour. Also, reading of Full Stean Ahead @ Hotel. July 9- Fort Mountain Boys Indoor Concert August 13- Sweetwater Creek Bluegrass Band (Ernie Cole). September 10- RJ Feeley & Tiffany Beavers
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.
Photos from Past Music Events at Chatsworth Depot!