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Huntsville Depot Museum, Huntsville

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The Huntsville Depot located on the Norfolk Southern Railway line in downtown Huntsville is the oldest surviving railroad depot in Alabama and one of the oldest in the United States. Completed in 1860, the depot served as eastern division headquarters for the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. It is listed on both the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage and National Register of Historic Places.Huntsville was occupied by Union forces in 1862 during the Civil War as a strategic point on the railroad and the depot was used as a prison for Confederate soldiers. Graffiti left by the soldiers can still be seen on the walls. The Huntsville Depot saw its last regularly scheduled passenger train, Southern Railway's The Tennessean, on March 30, 1968. Today the Depot serves as a museum, part of the Early Works Museum.
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  • You can see steam engines here. Along with that you find information on cotton too. This building used to be a confederate prison, a hospital and grafitti. You can see a model village, ride a train...  more »
  • Call before you go so you won't be disappointed. Their hours change and when they are open it doesn't mean the tour is going on. When we arrived at 11am they said well we only give tours 2x/day...  more »
  • If you are into a great guided tour about civil war history then this is a great place to visit. Our guide Winter was very knowledgeable and explained everything we saw thoroughly. There is a lot of neat stuff here and you will learn a lot. It doesn't look like much at first but, their is a lot of history here. The tour guide is essential as they explain things you never would have picked up if it were self guided. I believe this is a must visit if you have a few days in Huntsville.
  • What a neat place to go visit. You feel like you have gone back in time. The Train Depot has always been my favorite part. So much history downstairs and upstairs. Includes items and history of the Civil War and of the South.

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