Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed

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Savannah History Museum
Savannah, GA USA Central of Georgia terminal.JPG
The old Central of Georgia terminal building in 2015, now a visitor center
Location 303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Savannah, Georgia
United States
Type History
Website

http://www.chsgeorgia.org/history-museum.html

Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed
Central of Georgia Railway, Passenger Station (Savannah, Georgia).jpg
Central of Georgia Railway, Passenger Station in 1976
Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed
Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed is located in the US
Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed
Location W. Louisville and E. Liberty Sts., Savannah, Georgia
Coordinates 32°04′34″N 81°05′57″W / 32.07607°N 81.09923°W / 32.07607; -81.09923Coordinates: 32°04′34″N 81°05′57″W / 32.07607°N 81.09923°W / 32.07607; -81.09923
Built 1860
Architect Schwaab, Augustus
Part of Central of Georgia Railroad: Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities (#78000970)
NRHP Reference # 76000610
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 8, 1976[1]
Designated NHL December 8, 1976[2]
Designated NHLDCP June 2, 1978

Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed is a former passenger depot and trainshed constructed in 1860 by the Central of Georgia Railway (CofG) before the outbreak of the American Civil War. This pair of buildings was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976,[2][3] a listing that was expanded in 1978 to the Central of Georgia Railroad: Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities.[4]

Located on the northwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Louisville Road in the city's historic downtown, the red brick passenger terminal of the CofG complex houses the Savannah Visitor Center and the Savannah History Museum. The site complex includes several notable structures, including cotton yard, a blacksmith shop, a brick viaduct and the trainshed, as well as an office car and caboose. It is owned by the Coastal Heritage Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of coastal Georgia and adjacent regions.

The Savannah History Museum is located at 303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (Georgia State Route 25 Connector). The museum is housed inside the old passenger terminal. It contains artifacts and exhibits relating to the history of Savannah from its establishment to the current time.[5] The shops and terminal facilities were listed separately on June 2, 1978, and the Coastal Heritage Society opened the museum on the site in 1989.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Central of Georgia Railroad Shops and Terminal". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  3. ^ Eric N. DeLony (February 15, 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Central of Georgia Railroad: Savannah Shops & Terminal Facilities" (pdf). National Park Service.  (includes 7 pages of drawings) and Accompanying 13 photos, from 1976, 1973, and 1962 (of which 3 show the Depot that is part of the NHL) (32 KB)
  4. ^ "UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List Nomination for Central of Georgia Railroad: Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities" (PDF). National Park Service (via Google cache). Retrieved 2015-12-16. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Savannah History Museum. "Savannah History Museum" brochure, circa 2007.
  6. ^ Coastal Heritage Society. "Georgia State Railroad Museum." Accessed 2015-08-09.

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