Moving day begins for Boones Mill historical train depot - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Moving day begins for Boones Mill historical train depot

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BOONES MILL (WSLS) - Ground was finally broken for the restoration of the old train depot in Boones Mill.

It's a day that has been years in the making for people there. Councilman Mike Smith said seeing this moment gave him a really great feeling.

As the unofficial town historian, Smith has been working to make this happen for quite some time. He, along with other volunteers played at the depot as a child and Smith is working to preserve the location so the next generation can enjoy the same experiences.

“It feels like to me the station is coming alive today after so many years. It's a great feeling to know it’s going to be saved," Smith said.

Thanks to generous donations from the public, and free labor and equipment from Randy Kingery Construction, the old train depot is being prepped for its final resting place just 600 yards away on county property.

The building, which is still almost fully intact, is full of history - from children’s drawings on the wall to signatures from 1913. The train depot is now 108 years old, but judging from the condition of the inside, you would never guess.

Town leaders are working to transform the depot into a community center. Smith says he hopes to have one room dedicated to Digby Greene, the former station manager. Greene’s grandchildren, who still live in Boones Mill, have volunteered countless hours and donations to the cause.

The towns vision is to one day have community events planned inside of the building, sitting next to a playground and even a farmers market.

The entire move will take about two weeks.

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