It’s a project five years in the making, and on Monday, the wait is finally over. The historic Alderson Train Depot will be an eye sore, no more. Right now the building looks like it was built in the 1800’s, which it was. Right now, much of the exterior is unchanged.
That’s exactly why Tom Dameron and residents in Alderson have worked so hard to bring in money for an exterior renovation. The inside of the depot was renovated years ago and made in to a museum, but the outside is in desperate need of the same attention.
Dameron’s residency in Alderson is not the only connection he has to the depot. In fact, he was practically raised here. Both his grandfather and father worked their entire lives alongside the railroad in Alderson. “Both of them had over 50 years of service with the railroad and all most all of the service other than the few years my grandad was in Talcott, was here in Alderson. So I literally grew up in that building,” says Dameron.
Tom says he’s not the only person who wouldn’t be here without the rail system, which is why preserving the depot, making it a museum, and teaching the area youth about it’s history is invaluable. “I think it’s important for our children to know where they came from before possibly they can figure out where they’re going. I think we’ve gotten away from that a bit and hopefully we can continue to at least inform then the younger generation can take it from there,” he says.
Luckily with federal money and local donations, Dameron and others will be able to work with the youth, in a newly restored train depot. The renovation is expected to take about 3 months with the hops of being finished by Labor Day Weekend.