Warner Robins Train Depot Will Become Heritage Center

6:29 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
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An old relic in Warner Robins is about to get new life.

A federal transportation grant will pay for the rehab of a 100-year-old train depot.

Marsha Buzzell, Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the Elberta Depot was orginally a stop for trains to pick-up peaches and produce. That was long before Warner Robins was even a city.

About ten years ago, Buzzell decided the depot would make a good spot for a cultural center.

Trucks moved it next door to the CVB, from the old Houston County fairgrounds. It was moved there during the fair's run, as a senior activity center. When the fair shut down, the owner no longer needed the building.

After construction wraps on the depot in June, the depot will house a collection of Warner Robins history. Buzzell is collecting oral histories from city pioneers, along with memorbilia from Warner Robins' past.

Buzzell said, "It's not beautiful, but it is what it is. It's an old, almost 100 year old, historic building for the kids to go through, and see what it looked like, what an old train depot looked like."

Buzzell says the transportation grant paid for $62,000 worth of the renovations.

The total cost of turning the depot into a heritage center is about $132,000.

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