Saluda Historic Depot

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Saluda Historic Depot
4.5
Speciality Museums
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Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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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 organization to create a train and heritage museum. The Saluda Grade is the steepest, standard gauge, mainline railroad in the country. You will see train memorabilia, interactive diorama models of the trains that traveled this route, and a diorama of 3 miles of the Saluda Grade. Historical photos and artifacts about the town's beginnings are displayed and there are monthly storytelling and art exhibits held in the depot. The Visitor's Center and Gift Shop include area information and souvenirs, books, unique gifts, t-shirts, and more. Free admission and donations are appreciated.
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Cassara
Charlotte, NC198 contributions
Aug 2020
The depot has been beautifully restored and it offers an interesting history about Saluda. There are short films, dioramas and other relics of the train economy of the town. It’s free and the whole visit can take about 30 minutes. If you are walking around Saluda, drop in.
Written August 29, 2020
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luv2vacation0
Concord, NC211 contributions
Apr 2022
The staff was very friendly and had lots of info about the train that ran through Saluda. They had lots of models and China, silver and a menu from the dining car. There is a wonderful photo op with a train & tracks and it’s free!
Written April 24, 2022
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Susan J
Midway, GA31 contributions
May 2017
Find out what makes Saluda, NC historic and a "must see" place by visiting this Historic Depot. Displays of the famous Saluda Grade, pictures, and stories abound at the wonderful small museum.
Written July 11, 2017
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Chuck D
Morganton, NC94 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We were warmly greeted upon entering. There is so much history about Saluda and the importance of the railroad one could spend several hours here easily. The volunteer we talked with was very pleasant, informative and we really enjoyed talking to her. If you enjoy trains and want to learn about the Saluda Grade, stop in. As a side note the Saluda Grade and how trains had to operate on it is used in modern day railroad training classes.
Written December 21, 2019
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spk52819
Hershey, PA62 contributions
Sep 2019
I had to ask where the depot was ("Right there", a local kindly told me, pointing). It had been moved from its original location, turned 90 degrees and tucked into a lot closer to the tiny downtown of Saluda, then made into a museum.

Saluda is at the top of a famously steep railroad grade in the mountains of NC. Though the rails across the street here at the crest of "Saluda Grade" have long been mothballed, they are still in place for what is proudly proclaimed as the "Steepest Main Line" in the country. Videos and research certainly support that claim, and I can now see why the route has been mothballed.

The museum is a nice little snapshot of railroad history, the railroad being the reason the town was located here at the crest of the grade. If you like getting off the interstate, I suggest you spend some time in Saluda, perhaps driving the old two lane road, route 172, toward Hendersonville and Asheville, NC, which follows the rails a good bit of the way, or drive the sharper curves the other direction toward Tryon, NC and Spartanburg, SC.
Written November 16, 2019
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Rosalind P
Greensboro, NC581 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
An enthusiastic guide regaled us with wonderful stories of this railroad and its history. The diorama is an excellent exhibit which explains how train run-offs (the pre-cursor of truck run-offs on freeways) were introduced on this the steepest railway at its crest in Saluda. Various informative boards and other displays are of a high quality. The Hobo Quilt is beautiful - be sure to spend time reading the brochure for an explanation of the signs. After our visit, we went outside and walked along part of the old railroad track - you get a good sensation of the drop-off of the track as it rounds the bend leaving the town.
Written November 12, 2018
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Marina W
Charlotte, NC2 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Preserved history of this once a stop for trains to be inspected before taking a low grade tracks. So much rail road heritage. Beutiful preserved depot.
Written October 10, 2018
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ShamrockNC
NC123 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
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 which depicts the symbols used to describe what kind of greeting would be met at a home or farm, whether welcoming or not. A true treasure to display.
Written August 17, 2018
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Suznavick
Snow Hill, Maryland, United States50 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
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
Written July 15, 2018
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Rick M
Spartanburg, SC150 contributions
Jun 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.
Written June 4, 2018
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Saluda Historic Depot is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Thu - Sat 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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