FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18th, 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum, housed in a beautiful re-creation of the original Southern Railway depot constructed on the same spot in 1899 (torn down in 1954). One of the most stunning structures in Aiken, the decision to place the visitors center in the building was made to provide tourists a lasting impression of our charming city, as well as recognize our heritage as a railroad town.
The museum features nine historically accurate dioramas of towns on the South Carolina Canal & Railroad (construction 1830-1833) and interactive displays, including a toy train layout where patrons can run a locomotive. Pullman passenger cars behind the depot and a caboose in adjacent Gyles Park are expected to open in 2021.
A virtual tenth anniversary celebration is planned along with storytime in Gyles Park (see schedule of events below). The City of Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum is managed in a close public-private- partnership between the City of Aiken, the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot, and the Aiken Corporation.
Join us as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Train Depot. The festivities will last for ten days and include a scavenger hunt, giveaways, and more! Be sure to follow us on social media @AikenParksRec to be part of the celebration.
19th – Virtual activity or fun fact
20th – Virtual activity or fun fact
21st – Virtual activity or fun fact
22nd – Storytime at the Depot
23rd – Virtual activity or fun fact
24th – Virtual activity or fun fact
25th – Virtual activity or fun fact
26th – Virtual activity or fun fact
27th – Virtual activity or fun fact
28th – Virtual activity or fun fact
Mary Rosbach, Tourism Supervisor
City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism