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$50K anonymous donation could help save historic Boones Mill Depot

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The community in Boones Mill is working to save a piece of their history that’s been intact for more than a century.

Norfolk & Western Railroad built Boones Mill Station over 100 years ago. The foundations of Boones Mill’s history are deeply rooted in this depot; from the Garst Family to Southern States, the Town’s prosperity would not have been possible without this railroad station.

In recent years, Norfolk Southern decided to demolish the depot in its present location. Now the community is working to raise the money to preserve it instead.

The Boones Mill Depot Restoration Committee was formed in 2012 in efforts to save and restore the old station. Norfolk Southern agreed to give the depot to the Town of Boones Mill, but it needed to be moved from its current location on Norfolk Southern property.

The Town has worked with the Franklin County Board of Supervisors to exchange parcels of land, which will create a site across the tracks to move the depot.

While the town will own the depot, officials say that local tax dollars are not being used in this endeavor. The committee is applying for grants while embarking on a fundraising campaign to finance the relocation and restoration of this historical landmark. Future plans for the building, after it is moved and restored, may include a museum, a place to highlight local musicians and the history of the music in the town/area, and a Visitor’s Center to focus on our rich history. There will also be an area dedicated to honoring the founders and residents of the Town.

In an announcement this week, Mayor Flora received information that an anonymous community member is willing to donate $50,000 to the cause if the community can match his donation.

All donations to restore the depot are tax deductible. A link to the official donation form can be found below as a PDF or on the “Restoring the Boones Mill N&W Railroad Station” Facebook page.

One way to contribute is by volunteering to help the committee with fundraising and other logistical efforts. 

The town is also selling 2014 Boones Mill Depot Foundation Collectors Calendar, filled with many historical town photos.

To order a calendar, send a $15 check or money order to:
Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation
Attn: Boones Mill Depot Fund (Calendar)
P.O. Box 1366
Roanoke, Virginia 24007

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