Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Historic Burgaw Depot, N.C.

From the December 2016, Our State magazine (N.C.) "Historic Burgaw Depot" by Katie King.

Historic Burgaw Depot, Pender County.

The last train left the station in 1986, but this former Confederate headquarters was the first stop in Burgaw's revitalization.

Long before there was a town of Burgaw, there was a Burgaw depot.  Built in 1850 as a wood and water stop on the Wilmington and Weldon rail line, the depot predates the town by 29 years, making it the oldest standing train depot in North Carolina --  and one of only two remaining antebellum depots (the other is in Selma).

Renovated in 2009, parts of the original structure can still be seen, including wooden doors and ceiling beams charred by an 1863 fire set by Union troops.  Now the depot is used for weddings, administrative offices, and a year-round transportation museum -- a small piece of history making its way into our modern-day lives.

--Old Secesh

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