North Carolina Railway Museum Receives Grant

Money will go toward restoring 1884 Goldston Depot
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Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Railway Museum Inc.

The North Carolina Railway Museum Inc., home to New Hope Valley Railway in New Hill, received a $3,500 national heritage grant in May to help restore the 1884 Goldston Depot in its rail yard that will be used to educate visitors.

The grant, which was awarded by the National Railway Historical Society Inc., will improve the historic building’s electrical wiring, chimney repair, masonry, woodwork, exterior drainage and decking. The NRHS grant is the starting point of more than $25,000 additional funds the North Carolina Railway Museum needs to restore the depot, which the organization hopes to open in April 2021 to showcase railroad artifacts and memorabilia.

“Our goal is for visitors to our museum and vintage railway to experience a historic,
small-town depot that once served a short-line railroad in our state,” says Chris Tilley, president of the North Carolina Railway Museum. “One of the most interesting artifacts of the depot that we’re preserving is the handwritten messages on the interior wall left by railroad employees, townspeople and others passing through Goldston, North Carolina, more than 100 years ago.” 

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