Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot

Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot Embracing our Heritage, Enriching our Future

The beautiful Aiken depot served local travelers going to Charleston or Augusta and beyond, as well as thousands of Winter Colonists that came here for many decades. Many of their descendents still live here. That building was demolished by the railroad in 1954 when the railroad ceased passenger travel to Aiken.

We had a great time at the Aiken Kids Expo today! A lot of happy faces. :) #csrakids #visitaikensc #aikenparksrec
05/18/2019

We had a great time at the Aiken Kids Expo today! A lot of happy faces. :) #csrakids #visitaikensc #aikenparksrec

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
05/10/2019

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

#DidYouKnow today is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad?

To commemorate this day we wanted to share some railroad history from South Carolina! The Seaboard Air Line Railway Depot, built in 1914, was the keystone of McBee, the most successful of several towns that arose along the Seaboard line between Columbia and Cheraw soon after its completion in 1900. It is thus locally significant for the prominent role it played in the town’s early history and commercial development, and as a tangible reminder of that period.The depot is a one-story red brick building located within the town’s central commercial district and was built on a modified rectangular plan. It was listed in the National Register on September 2, 1999.

More info can be found on the South Carolina Historic Properties Record (SCHPR): http://schpr.sc.gov/index.php/Detail/properties/12083

For questions contact the SCDAH at [email protected]

Visit Aiken SC
05/06/2019

Visit Aiken SC

Toothless is taking a ride on the train while he waits for his rider to pick him up. Please call 803-293-7846 or stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum to claim him.

We just reached 400 likes! Thank you to all who have supported and continue to support the Aiken Railroad Depot!
05/02/2019

We just reached 400 likes! Thank you to all who have supported and continue to support the Aiken Railroad Depot!

04/03/2019
CSRA Kids

Thank you CSRA Kids for sharing!

Today’s adventure!! Dropped by Visit Aiken SC and Train Museum. 🚂 #aikensc #csrakids

12/07/2018

Mark your calendars! Santa will be here next Saturday!

Stop by the Depot and learn more about Aiken’s raiload history!
10/18/2018
Senior Men get on board with railroad history

Stop by the Depot and learn more about Aiken’s raiload history!

Did you know at one time the longest railroad in the world once ran through Aiken? The Senior Men’s Club of Aiken was treated to some important history at their

Come join us tomorrow evening for our Membership Appreciation event! See below.
03/28/2018

Come join us tomorrow evening for our Membership Appreciation event! See below.

You can support ACTS and glean some railroad history by attending this original musical written by Aiken's own Bob Engle...
07/24/2017

You can support ACTS and glean some railroad history by attending this original musical written by Aiken's own Bob Engle.

The show tells of the fabled love story between Alfred Dexter and Sarah Williams that led to Aiken becoming a stop on South Carolina Canal & Railroad Company's rail line across the state.

See details below!

Don't forget to join us this morning! We'll ne there rain or shine!
05/13/2017

Don't forget to join us this morning! We'll ne there rain or shine!

Guess what day is coming? National Train Day! This Saturday, May 13th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Train Depot there will be live music, storytelling with Conductor Don, face painting, crafts, bubbles and balloons, grilled hotdogs, snow cones and other treats! Of course there will be train rides for the kids. The first ride is free. Each additional ride is $5.

Come bring the kids and grandkids out for a day of fun and sun!

Guess what day is coming? National Train Day!  This Saturday,  May 13th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Train Depot there will...
05/08/2017

Guess what day is coming? National Train Day! This Saturday, May 13th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Train Depot there will be live music, storytelling with Conductor Don, face painting, crafts, bubbles and balloons, grilled hotdogs, snow cones and other treats! Of course there will be train rides for the kids. The first ride is free. Each additional ride is $5.

Come bring the kids and grandkids out for a day of fun and sun!

Please join the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot as we welcome author, Dr. Tom Mack.  Dr. Mack will discuss his book,...
03/20/2017

Please join the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot as we welcome author, Dr. Tom Mack. Dr. Mack will discuss his book, Hidden History of Aiken County. Join us as he uncovers the lesser-known stories behind the major events that shaped our area’s colorful past.

There will be books available for purchase and signing. Members are invited to come and join us for light hors d’oevres from 5:00 – 6:00.

The presentation will begin at 6:00 and be open to the public. Date/Time: Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm Place: Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Avenue, SE

From the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot to you & yours!
12/25/2016

From the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot to you & yours!

Santa at the Depot tomorrow! Click below for details.
12/17/2016
Santa at the Depot | Visit Aiken SC

Santa at the Depot tomorrow! Click below for details.

Discover something great to do in Aiken South Carolina on every day of the week! Aiken SC is the premier travel destination in the Southeast.

Learn more about Aiken Together: Preserving History to Enrich Our Future by visiting the new website:  http://aikentoget...
09/26/2016

Learn more about Aiken Together: Preserving History to Enrich Our Future by visiting the new website: http://aikentogether.org/

How about a Trolley tour?
09/06/2016
Road Trippin':

How about a Trolley tour?

Host Rob Mallia continues to explore Aiken, South Carolina.The Aiken Visitor's Center and Train Museum is located at 406 Park Ave. SE. It's a one stop shop for visitors to find out where to go while in Aiken. The historical trolley tour is a 'must do'! For

Happy Independence Day!
07/04/2016

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Memorial Day from the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot!  Aiken Memorial Day Parade 2016.
05/30/2016

Happy Memorial Day from the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot!

Aiken Memorial Day Parade 2016.

Look who made the top five list in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution!! The Aiken Visitors & Train Museum!  Click on the...
05/20/2016
Travel: Go South Carolina: history

Look who made the top five list in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution!! The Aiken Visitors & Train Museum!

Click on the link below.

Fort SumterIt’s perhaps the most well-known historic military fort in America, visible from almost every vantage point along the waterfront around Charleston Harbor.

Come on out and join us! We're waiting on you!
05/14/2016

Come on out and join us! We're waiting on you!

Come join us Saturday, May 14th for National Train Day!  Free train rides for the kids, food, fun, and games! We will al...
05/07/2016

Come join us Saturday, May 14th for National Train Day! Free train rides for the kids, food, fun, and games!

We will also have a train in the Memorial Day parade and are looking for kids to be passengers. If you have a child who would enjoy riding the train in the parade, we will be selling tickets at National Train Day for the chance to be one of the passengers. Winners will be randomly selected from the tickets purchased. The cost of the tickets is $5.00.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday the 14th for our National Train Day celebration!

03/22/2016

We have a winner! Congratulations to Moose Nicholson for his winning photographs. To see the photos, please visit our website at http://aikenrailroaddepot.org/

Remember you have until 11:59 pm tonight to get your photos in!!!
02/29/2016

Remember you have until 11:59 pm tonight to get your photos in!!!

Calling all PHOTOGS, Amateurs, Professionals, & Hobbyists! We are having a Postcard Contest!

There are two categories: The Spirit of Aiken & the The Railroad History of Aiken. Participants may submit to both categories.

Winners will have their photos made into postcards for sale at the Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum. We will watermark the postcards with the winners' name or business.

All submissions must be digital & can be submitted to www.aikenrailroaddepot.org. For more details, visit the website.

Happy picture snapping!

Visit Aiken SC

Calling all PHOTOGS, Amateurs, Professionals,  & Hobbyists!  We are having a Postcard Contest!There are two categories: ...
02/22/2016

Calling all PHOTOGS, Amateurs, Professionals, & Hobbyists! We are having a Postcard Contest!

There are two categories: The Spirit of Aiken & the The Railroad History of Aiken. Participants may submit to both categories.

Winners will have their photos made into postcards for sale at the Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum. We will watermark the postcards with the winners' name or business.

All submissions must be digital & can be submitted to www.aikenrailroaddepot.org. For more details, visit the website.

Happy picture snapping!

Visit Aiken SC

02/18/2016

Are you an amateur or professional photographer? We are now accepting entries for our Annual Postcard Contest. For more information or to register, visit our website at http://aikenrailroaddepot.org/

Don't forget to bring the kids and join us tomorrow for Santa at the Depot! It's from 11 am to 1 pm. There will be craft...
12/18/2015

Don't forget to bring the kids and join us tomorrow for Santa at the Depot! It's from 11 am to 1 pm. There will be crafts, snacks, hot chocolate, and visits with Santa.

And let's not forget the raffle of the Polar Express Train. There's still time to get your tickets. One for $3 & two for $5.

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!

Come join us for Christmas at the Depot on December 19th!  Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive by horse drawn carriage around...
12/10/2015

Come join us for Christmas at the Depot on December 19th! Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive by horse drawn carriage around 11 am. There will be milk, cookies, crafts, & visits with Santa!

You can still enter for a chance to win the Polar Express Train Set. The winner will be announced the afternoon of Christmas at the Depot. Tickets are one for $3 or two for $5 snd can be purchased at the Depot.

Get a little Christmas shopping done at our gift shop by purchasing some trsin inspired stocking stuffers.

'Tis the season to be jolly! See you there!

The Polar Express Train Set will be raffled off Saturday,  December 19th as we celebrate Christmas at the Depot with Mr....
11/30/2015

The Polar Express Train Set will be raffled off Saturday, December 19th as we celebrate Christmas at the Depot with Mr. & Mrs. Claus from 11am - 2 pm!

Tickets for the raffle are one for $3 & two for $5. Tickets are limited, so get yours now! You can purchase your tickets at the Aiken Visitors Center & Train Depot.

What a great gift for a child or a center that serves children!

Another photo from F. E. Ardrey's scrapbook.  This was taken at the front of the depot. What a neat way to arrive at the...
11/11/2015

Another photo from F. E. Ardrey's scrapbook. This was taken at the front of the depot. What a neat way to arrive at the depot...horse drawn carriage. Love those classic cars too!

This is an article from F.E. Ardrey's scrapbook about the Train Depot. The article us from what was then called the Augu...
11/06/2015

This is an article from F.E. Ardrey's scrapbook about the Train Depot. The article us from what was then called the Augusta Herald on November 4, 1953.

Now you can hear live musical performances Every Saturday at the Depot from 11 am to 12:30 pm! Remember,  these events a...
11/04/2015

Now you can hear live musical performances Every Saturday at the Depot from 11 am to 12:30 pm! Remember, these events are FREE to the public.

Cone join us and bring a friend or two!

SAVE THE DATE: Polar Express Movie Night on Friday, November 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The cost is $5 per child. Pop...
11/02/2015

SAVE THE DATE: Polar Express Movie Night on Friday, November 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The cost is $5 per child. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided. Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance at 803.293.7846.

Santa will be at the Depot on Saturday, December 19th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Hot chocolate wil be served.

A picture of inside of the old Depot from F.E Ardrey's scrapbook. How beautiful!
09/18/2015

A picture of inside of the old Depot from F.E Ardrey's scrapbook. How beautiful!

The 5th Anniversary was such a wonderful event that we want to share some of the memories with you in photos. Stay tuned...
09/15/2015

The 5th Anniversary was such a wonderful event that we want to share some of the memories with you in photos. Stay tuned for some up and close pictures of items from F. E. Ardrey's scrapbook! Visit Aiken SC

Check out this article in the Aiken Standard on the Anniversary event of the Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum!
09/14/2015
Grandson of last ticket agent remembers Aiken’s railroad past

Check out this article in the Aiken Standard on the Anniversary event of the Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum!

Playing tennis with Fred Astaire and receiving a $500 tip from a grateful passenger are just two stories Carl Ardrey recounted about his grandfather, the late Frank E. Ardrey, who was the ticket agent at the Aiken railroad depot during the cityȁ

09/11/2015

If you're out and a bout at Aiken's Makin, come on in to the Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum. We have all kinds of neat souvenirs & keepsakes and some of the friendliest people you'll ever want to meet. Besides, we'd love to see you!

09/10/2015

Reminder to come on out to the Depot today. Fun for the kids is happening right now!

The Mountain Dulcimers will play at 5 pm.

Carl Ardrey, grandson of former Depot Manager F.E. Ardrey will be our speaker at 6 pm.

Refreshments are provided & the event is FREE!

Address

406 Park Ave SE
Aiken, SC
29801

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(803) 293-7846

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