Local Spotlight: Old Decatur Depot

old decatur depot

Decatur is home to years of history. If you want to learn more about your hometown—and see how folks around here used to travel—you can always pay a visit to the Old Decatur Depot. Read on to learn more about this sensational spot!

What is the Old Decatur Depot?

The Old Decatur Depot is a big part of our town’s history. Though we use railroads less often for transportation, earlier in our nation’s past, trains revolutionized the landscape. Not only could they bring people from place to place, but they could bring supplies and food across the country in a relatively short period of time.

The Old Decatur Depot helped give our town the tools it needed to grow and thrive. Our city has benefited from railways since the 1830s. As a way to honor those who worked on and built the trains, as well as to commemorate years of historical progress, the Southern Railway created the Old Decatur Depot. It’s been a fixture in our town since 1905! Now, volunteers run this marvelous museum as a labor of love to our town.

Wondering if you can visit? Well, it still stands today! You can see it in-person or head on over to its website.

What can I do at the Old Decatur Depot?

There’s plenty to see and do at this local landmark. You can see and visit:

  • Trains driving past on the monitor or by the viewing platform;
  • Actual artifacts from the history of local railways;
  • The museum theater;
  • The picnic area;
  • The model train area;
  • The first ticket office;
  • And more.

Virtual Tours

If you are staying at home during this time, you can still check out the Old Decatur Depot. Their website offers free virtual tours here. Choo choo!

Visiting Details

It won’t surprise you to know that the Old Decatur Depot is in, well, Decatur! As for its exact address, you can find it at 701 Railroad St. NW.

Currently, visiting hours may vary. However, they typically run from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday. Finally, the Old Decatur Depot is free for all to visit.


You don’t need a ticket to head on over to the Old Decatur Depot. This local treasure welcomes everyone—just like Summer Lodge! If you’re looking for a fantastic apartment, visit our site today. You can even apply online. As for learning more about our town, check out our blog here.