Lake Wales History Museum, Lake Wales

4.3
Constructed of brick and covered with pink stucco, the Depot at 325 S. Scenic Highway was built as a passenger station by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1928 at an approximate cost of $51,000. Replacing service at the original depot, the new location was chosen to relieve traffic congestion in the downtown area. A freight room and loading platform were added in 1938.

Passenger service to Lake Wales ceased in 1954. In 1966, Seaboard Air Line and Atlantic Coast Line merged to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railway. In 1974, freight service shifted to the West Lake Wales station, and trains no longer stopped at the Lake Wales depot. However, the Spanish style building with the red tile roof remained a landmark of the post-boom era in Lake Wales.

Spearheaded by the Bicentennial Commission, efforts began in 1974 to convert the empty building into a museum and cultural arts center for the citizens of Lake Wales.
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  • Exhibits change frequently. Hidden gem but a history buffs treasured place. Donations are welcomed. Train buffs enjoy walking thru the train cars.  more »
  • There is no charge to gain entrance into this museum but a free will donation if you wish. My wife and I had no problem in making such a donation as we both enjoyed our visit here. It gives a good ins...  more »
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  • Comprehensive display of Lake Wales and Polk County. My family and I enjoyed our visit. I plan to return when I have time to scrutinize the information presented in the exhibits. It is located next to the historic downtown district.
  • Very interesting and well run! A good place to go on a rainy day.

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