Thomasville Railroad Passenger Depot

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Thomasville Railroad Passenger Depot
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The Depot as it is now as the city's visitor center.
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LocationW. Main St., Thomasville, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°52′56″N80°5′2″W / 35.88222°N 80.08389°W / 35.88222; -80.08389 Coordinates: 35°52′56″N80°5′2″W / 35.88222°N 80.08389°W / 35.88222; -80.08389
Arealess than one acre
Built1870 (1870)-1871
Architectural styleVictorian
NRHP reference # 81000423 [1]
Added to NRHPJuly 9, 1981

The Thomasville Railroad Passenger Depot is a historic train station located at Thomasville, Davidson County, North Carolina. It is one of the oldest remaining frame depots in the state, built between 1870 and 1871. The board-and-batten building features Victorian sawnwork detailing. Until 1912, it served as a passenger train station with the Richmond and Danville Railroad and later the Southern Railway. Due to the increase in passenger rail travel, a new brick depot was built. This depot was then moved to the north side of the tracks and served as a freight agent's office. The Southern Railway eventually gave the structure to the town. The Thomasville Historical Society raised $5,000 for its restoration in 1969. [2] Another restoration was completed in the late 1990s. In July 2000, the Thomasville Railroad Passenger Depot became the home of the Thomasville Visitors' Center. [3] [4]

Train station Railway facility where trains regularly stop to load or unload passengers and/or freight

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Thomasville, North Carolina City in North Carolina, United States

Thomasville is a city in Davidson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 26,757 at the 2010 census. The city is notable for its furniture industry, as are its neighbors High Point and Lexington. This Piedmont Triad community was established in 1852 and hosts the state's oldest festival, "Everybody's Day". Built around the local railway system, Thomasville is home to the oldest railroad depot in the state, just a few hundred feet from the city's most notable landmark, "The Big Chair".

Davidson County, North Carolina U.S. county in North Carolina, United States

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  1. 1 2 "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. Drucilla G. Haley and Joe Mobley (April 1981). "Thomasville Railroad Passenger Depot" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  3. Thomasville Visitors' Center
  4. "Historical Sites". Visit Davidson County. Retrieved 5 December 2014.