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To make arrangements for group tours or rentals please
call 706 695-4416.
Chair: Frank Adams
June 11, 2016 12-5pm Corner of Market St. & 1st Ave., Chatsworth
If your family loved the 'Polar Express' last December, then they will LOVE THIS EVENT!
-Homegrown Music at the Depot features Taylor Swilling as a roving troubadour throughout the day.
- Many operating model trains including Georgia Garden Railway Society outdoor train (weather permitting), NMRA Master Model Maker, Georgia Large Scale Live Steam, Piedmont Division NMRA L&N Railroad, Chattanooga Modular Modeler's N-Scale Layout, Train Installations train van, Operation Lifesaver, and Samuel Pankey Photography (train photos). Kids from 1 to 100 will love the moving trains!
-Wright Hotel will have train themed stories for kids.
-Tours of Wright Hotel and Depot available 12-5
-Free admission (Music, Stories, Trains, and Tours.)
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!