The Chuckey Depot Museum at Jonesborough is extending hours of operations beginning May 5, 2018. Due to the popularity of the museum, the museum will be opening two hours earlier on Saturdays. Regular hours will be Monday through Friday, 1 – 5pm, Saturday, 11am – 5pm and Sunday, 1 – 5pm.
The Museum is also available for rentals for private events outside of regular hours. Ideal events include birthday parties, meetings and special occasions.
The Chuckey Depot’s original home was in Chuckey, TN, approximately 15 miles from its current location in Jonesborough. The depot was built in 1906 to replace the original depot that burned in 1905. It consisted of two public waiting rooms, a ticket office and warehouse.
The Chuckey Depot ceased to be used in the mid-1900s and sat abandoned for decades. It was privately owned by the Babb family, but sat on railroad property, destined for demolition. The Babb family worked to find a new site for the depot in Chuckey but were unsuccessful in their efforts. The ideal situation would have been to keep the depot in the Chuckey community, but the goal was to save the building and the next best plan was pursued. Finally, the decision was made to locate the depot to Jonesborough, a Town known for its preservation efforts. The plan was to preserve the building and utilize it as a railroad museum to interpret the use of the depot when it was in Chuckey as well as celebrating Jonesborough’s instrumental role in bringing the railroad to East Tennessee.
In a cooperative effort between the Town of Jonesborough, the Heritage Alliance and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society, the Chuckey Depot Museum at Jonesborough opened in October 2017, serving as a prime example of how a cooperative effort between two communities can save a structure very loved by many. The Town of Jonesborough has continued to celebrate the history of the depot while also paying homage to the history of the railroad in the Jonesborough and Chuckey Communities.
For more information, please contact Rachel Conger at 423.791.3869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.