Chuckey Depot Museum
|The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum and town of Jonesborough, TN have partnered
to preserve the historic Chuckey, TN ex-SOUTHERN RAILWAY train
depot. The town purchased the building and has moved it to Jonesborough,
where its exterior has been restored and the interior converted to serve as a
Built by SOUTHERN RAILWAY in 1906, the depot until recently was privately-owned. However, it was situated on land owned by SOUTHERN successor NORFOLK SOUTHERN, which had notified the building’s owners of its plans to demolish the historic structure, which sat on railroad property. Although no longer in use, it was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1979 for its historic architectural significance, adding to the importance of saving it from demolition.
Plans call for use of the building as a railroad museum, which fits nicely into town development strategy as Jonesborough recognizes its railroad legacy. Although the railroad is still prominent in Jonesborough, the town’s depot was razed in the 1970s. Partnering in this effort offers the town an opportunity to recognize and honor the role railroading played its history.
As of this posting (August 2017), exterior and interior work has been completed as well as area landscaping and paving. Assembly of displays is underway; plans are to open the museum later this year. A wonderful addition to the museum site is WVRHS&M's recently-restored SOUTHERN RAILWAY caboose. The caboose is available for rent for special events.
The station is situated on 2nd street in Jonesborough along the railroad (see map below). If you have railroad items that you would like displayed in the museum within the depot, please call the WVRHS&M office at (423) 753-5797.