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.For Huntsville Depot Museum and beyond, use our Huntsville trip planner to get the most from your Huntsville vacation.
Huntsville Depot Museum Reviews
We checked website for times hours of operation but, upon arrival, it was closed when the website showed they would be open! Very disappointing. more »
My family and I have loved the charm of Huntsville for the past 15 years and decided to settle here six years ago. The Depot Museum is yet another reason to confirm our decision. Built in 1860, it has... 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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