East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will hold its annual Homecoming to honor its namesake on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In October 1911, Carter, a regional developer, donated the property for what is now ETSU. Carter was involved in mining and logging efforts in Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky, employing thousands of workers. His achievement at the time of his donation was his new mainline railroad, the Carolina Clinchfield and Ohio.
Mr. Carter did immeasurable good for our area when he routed the CC&O mainline through Johnson City,
notes Geoff Stunkard, the museum’s Heritage Days coordinator. “That he made the new state university a priority and chose to live in town speaks volumes to his commitment to Johnson City. We enjoy honoring him each November.”
The Homecoming event allows museum volunteers, supporters and the public to gather to enjoy mutual interests in railroad technology and modeling. Members of the Mountain Empire Model Rail Roaders will bring in their favorite equipment. Light refreshments will be served.
The Carter Railroad Museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. The museum can be identified by a flashing railroad crossing signal at the back entrance to the Campus Center Building. Visitors should enter ETSU’s campus from State of Franklin Road onto Jack Vest Drive and continue east to 176 Ross Drive, adjacent to the flashing RR crossing sign.
To learn more about the museum, visit http://johnsonsdepot.com/glcarter/cartermuseum. Visit www.memrr.org to learn more about MEMRR, which helps demonstrate and maintain the model layouts, museum exhibits and other projects.
For more information about Homecoming, contact Dr. Fred Alsop, museum director, at 423-439-6838 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.