Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot

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

03/16/2020

Patrons of the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum: City of Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon has declared a state of emergency as concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 continue to escalate. Osbon signed a proclamation outlining the measures involved late Sunday. The proclamation is a response to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster's executive order issued Sunday. The City of Aiken will implement closings and procedures that are aligned with guidance from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Beginning today until March 31st, the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum is one of many facilities that will be closed. Staff will continue to monitor phone calls and emails. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our community healthy.

The Steam Channel
03/15/2020

The Steam Channel

Between honoring our volunteers, the Polar Express and Santa at the Depot, December was a busy month for us!
01/02/2020

Between honoring our volunteers, the Polar Express and Santa at the Depot, December was a busy month for us!

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed on New Year's Day. Stop by and see us on January 2nd!
12/31/2019

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed on New Year's Day. Stop by and see us on January 2nd!

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Stop by and see us on Dece...
12/23/2019

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Stop by and see us on December 26th!

Visit Aiken SC
12/21/2019

Visit Aiken SC

Santa will be at the Train Depot until 1 pm today! Don’t forget your camera!

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
12/18/2019

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Santa will stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum this Saturday, December 21st from 10 am to 1 pm! Don't forget to bring your camera!

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
12/03/2019

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The Polar Express is only 4 days away! Saturday is sold out but there is still space available on Sunday.

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed tomorrow and will reopen on Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
11/27/2019

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed tomorrow and will reopen on Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

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

08/31/2018
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Check out "History Uncovered" in the Spring/Summer edition of "View's from the Woods!"https://www.hitchcockwoods.org/media/newsletters/spring_summer_2018.pdf

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!

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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Looking West from Laurens St. March 13, 2014.