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Saluda Historic Depot

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Amazing tours and very education

We visited when they were doing an open house and had an amazing education on what was the steepest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sue R
Summerville, South Carolina
Piece of railroad history

This depot is beautifully maintained with a great diorama of the train track into the town of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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The Saluda Historic Depot was built in 1903 by Southern Railway to serve the passengers on the Spartanburg to Asheville route. Moved to its current Main St. location in 1985 and serving as retail space until 2015, when it was purchased for an...more
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32 W Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7829
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited when they were doing an open house and had an amazing education on what was the steepest railway span on the east coast. Very interesting and the keepers of the museum are very passionate about preserving the memories.

Thank Sue R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This depot is beautifully maintained with a great diorama of the train track into the town of Saluda. There are large charts and informational boards explaining the building process and the dangers of the steep grade track. Not to be missed is a "hobo" quilt...More

Thank ShamrockNC
Reviewed July 20, 2018

Our group of 6 wandered to the end of the street and found the old Saluda train depot had been opened as a museum and gift shop! While not very big, the displays are nicely done and tell the story of the town and train...More

1  Thank wndrwmn
Reviewed July 15, 2018

Knowledgeable staff told the story of the railroad and its importance in Saluda. A full model of the rail was available to help a visitor see the challenge of the railroad. A must stop and a valuable museum for this town. well done

1  Thank Suznavick
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in just to check it out. The guide was informative and enthusiastic. I don't care too much about trains, but I left with a few fun facts and particularly enjoyed the guide's enthusiasm. The men in our party loved it. There were lots of...More

1  Thank Detta P
Reviewed June 4, 2018

If you're in Saluda, NC, or just passing by - stop! Go to the Depot Museum and enjoy a bit of history. After that, get some good coffee, ice cream, or food at one of the town's specialty restaurants.

2  Thank Rick M
Reviewed April 21, 2018

History comes alive here, presentations and displays change frequently keeping it interesting for return visits! Donations accepted.

1  Thank localherenow
Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

Me and my kids went into the train depot just to explore Saluda. This was very educational and the lady working that day was very nice and had a lot of patience with my two high strung boys.

2  Thank Carrie S
Reviewed September 11, 2017

If you or your child were into trains this might be interesting to you, but there really isn't that much going inside other than reading a few poster boards about what used to exist in Saluda and some antiques from that time.

1  Thank Andrea K
Reviewed September 2, 2017

Very friendly volunteers willing to share their information about Saluda's Railway History and the famous Saluda Grade. Souvenir shop on site, fun things for kids.

1  Thank Kerry D
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