The Town of Jonesborough, Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society are pleased to offer a fundraiser with a one of a kind dining experience aboard a restored 1950 train dining car on April 14th. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to help fund the museum inside the restored Chuckey Depot, now located in Jonesborough which houses a railroad museum.
Built by the Southern Railway in 1906, the Chuckey Depot, until recently, was privately owned. It was located on Norfolk Southern Railroad property, who had plans to demolish it if it was not moved. Although it was no longer utilized as a train depot, it was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1979 for its historical architectural significance, adding to the importance of saving it from demolition.
Patrons can choose from two lunch seatings at the All Aboard! Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m., designed specifically for children and their parents, with a kid-friendly lunch option and another option for adults. Patrons who choose the child ticket will receive Chicken Fingers, Apple Slices, Macaroni & Cheese and Juice. In addition, children will also receive a souvenir engineer train hat, whistle and red bandana to take home. Patrons who choose the adult ticket for lunch will receive a BBQ sandwich, Macaroni & Cheese, Cole Slaw and Tea or Water. The price for each child and adult ticket is $30 must per purchased in packs of 2 or 4 tickets due to dining car seating arrangements.
The dinner seatings will allow for a fine dining experience with all the extras at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. will include a more extravagant dinner of Stuffed Chicken with Spinach, Feta Cheese, Sundried Tomato in a White Wine Butter Sauce, Roasted Garlic New Potatoes, Roasted Vegetable Medley, Roll and Lemon Blueberry Tart for Dessert. Beverages include choice of Tea or Water. Tickets for the dinner seatings are $65.
The lunch and dinner seatings will take place on a stationary dining car on April 14th. Patrons who dine at either dinner seatings will receive a tour of a passenger car and a brief presentation on the history of the railroad in Jonesborough from the Heritage Alliance at the start of the program. The meal will promptly follow.
Patrons are asked to park at Jonesborough Senior Center located at 307 East Main Street and arrive 20 minutes prior to their seating. From there, they will be transported to the train Dining Car off of Spring Street.
For tickets call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 413.753.1010 or visit Jonesborough.com/tickets
Passengers may choose from true vintage dining in the Dining Car (four to a table) or the smaller tables for two. Parties of less than four in the dining car are subject to assignment with other passengers.