$5 per person, 12 and older. Children under 12 are admitted free, but should be accompanied by an adult.
Depot and Wright Hotel
Open Saturday, June 8
The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society announces that its two historic properties in downtown Chatsworth will again be open for tours. Both the Wright Hotel and the Chatsworth Depot will be open from 10-4 on Saturday, June 8.Local author John Shivers will be special guest at the Wright Hotel.
Located on First Avenue, south of the City Park, the Depot is Chatsworth's oldest building, constructed in 1905, even before the town was created. It houses a museum of railroad, talc, and Chatsworth history.
At the corner of market Street and Second Avenue, the Wright Hotel was built in 1909 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is furnished much like it was in the first half of the 20th century when it was a beehive of activity, welcoming visitors to Chatsworth who arrived by train.
A combination ticket for tours of both buildings will be $5 per person for those 12 and older. Children will be admitted free and should be accompanied by an adult. Various publications and historical society items will be available for purchase at either building and volunteers will be on hand to tell the stories of the buildings. All proceeds from the tours go toward the continued preservation of these structures.
The buildings are also available for special group tours, weddings, showers, reunions, and meetings for nominal fees. For more information contact the historical society at 706-278-0217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.