Depot continues to add educational exhibits and presentations with more than 5,000 annual visitors coming through the door since the opening of the Depot to learn about the Saluda Grade and Saluda's history.
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 4pm. Closed on Monday. Also, see our exhibits and events online at
The museum includes seasonal exhibits, Saluda Grade "O Grade" Diorama and "G Grade" train dioramas of the different railroad eras in Saluda. There are also running videos of train that came up the Saluda Grade and a gift station. You will also see heritage artifacts and photo opportunities!
Admission is always free and voluntary donations are appreciated. Donations can be made by mailing to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or through Paypal at
Groups Invited to Tour
We invite all groups, schools, and organizations to take a guided tour of the Depot. To arrange for a guided tour, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-9598 or email to
Thanks to the following groups who have toured the Depot:
Retired Polk County Teachers
Young People from Denmark
The Meeting Place
Lake Pointe Landing
Ardenwoods Retirement Community (Visit on May 5)
Photo of Lake Pointe Landing group by Jack Milhaupt
Saluda Historic Depot Theatre Group
The Saluda Historic Depot Theater Group held auditions, and in addition to the adult theatre group, a children's group was organized. The troupe will meet at the Saluda Library each Tuesday at 4pm.
Saluda's Future Thespians
The Young Acting Krew of the Saluda Historic Depot Theatre Troupe
Advisor and Acting Coach: Scott Kinard
Angela Nicholas (Transcripts)
Amy Wood (Contacts)
The Lilburns (Helpers)
Nancy Barnett (Head Shots)
Jack Milhaupt (Storyline)
John Savage (Set Construction)
Chuck Hearon (Photography)
Cathy Jackson (Promotion)
For more information, contact Corinne Gerwe, Phone: (828) 749-4803, Cell: (828) 817-1060 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Golf Tournament
Kenmure Country Club, Flat Rock
October 1, 2018
The Saluda Historic Depot plans to make another "hole-in-one" with its third annual golf tournament to be held at Kenmure in Flat Rock as a fun fundraiser for the Depot on October 1, 2018.
Kenmure is Western North Carolina's premier gated golf community. Located four miles south of Hendersonville in the quaint mountain village of Flat Rock, NC, this Joe Lee-designed golf course provides top-notch high-country living.
Built by renowned Florida-based architect Joe Lee, th
is bent-grass course features 6,509 yards of golf for a par of 72. With a PGA course rating of 71.1 and a slope rating of 140, Kenmure's course layout is a stern test of skill but still a golfer-friendly course.
Officially opened in 1982, the course offers a unique experience on each of its 18 holes. There are no hidden hazards and a golf cart is not required. From breathtaking course views to the stunning beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, it's no wonder that this private golf course is top rated.
Organizers are excited about the tremendous response to this fundraiser to support the Saluda Historic Depot & Museum. Registration and sponsorship available by June.
to view the fun had by all during 2017 Annual Golf Tournament at Bright's Creek.
Don't play golf but love the outdoors! Then be a Volunteer to help with registration, placing signs, and checking on golfers. Contact Judy Ward at
or 828-674-5958 or Kay Garell at
Saluda Train Tales
Saluda Train Tales is a free monthly event to educate the community in the importance of Saluda's railroad history and the Saluda Grade.
This year's line up is a mixture of railroad experts and local historians and story tellers of the region's rich history. Please check the Saluda Historic Depot Calendar for dates and speakers.
These events are at the Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. Doors open at 6:30. Presentation is 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The events are free and voluntary donations are appreciated.
Click here to see past Saluda Train Tales videos by Bob Keeton.
To see Videos of Saluda Train Tales by Bob Keeton,
Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
May 18 - Saluda Train Tales-Clark Thompson
May 19 - Saluda Arts Festival
June 15 - Saluda Train Tales-
Historic Saluda Committee Community Update and screening of 1939 film "Saluda Summer" produced by Mary Dell Johnson with photography by Gene Brandon.
July 7 - Coon Dog Day
July 20 - Saluda train tales-Frank Thompson
July 21 - "Rock & Roll" Fundraiser at The Party Place & Event Center with Super 60's Band.
August 14-16 - Saluda Historic Depot Theatre Group presents "The Gin Game" at Orchard Inn (with dinner on the 16th)
August 17 - Saluda Train Tales-Medical Heritage in Saluda (Clara, Veevee Blackshear, Nettie Sweet)
September 21 - Saluda Train Tales-OB Garren Stories by Cindy Tuttle
October 1 Annual Golf Tournament at Kenmure
October 19 - Saluda Train Tales-
Laura Fields-Minerals, Rocks, & Gems, The Geology in Our Mountains
November 10 - Railroad Day Heritage Play with "YAK"
The Young Acting Krew of the Saluda Historic Depot Theatre Troupe
November 16 - Saluda Train Tales-Alex Salley, Life and times in Saluda
Concert at Orchard Inn
December 14 - Hometown Christmas
December 21 - Saluda Train Tales-Movie Night
Saluda Arts Festival
May 19, 2018
Step into the Saluda Historic Depot during the 15
annual Saluda Arts Festival and cool off and enjoy a cold bottle of water while taking a tour of Saluda's historic Saluda Grade. Train memorabilia, books, and collectibles will be on sale.
"Rock & Roll" with Saluda Historic Depot
July 21, 3-10pm
Plan now to groove on down to the Party Place & Event Center, Saluda, NC for this year's annual fundraiser.
Starting at 3pm - Cruise in with Antique Car Club.
Silent Auction - 3-4pm
Saluda's Got Talent Show - 4 to 6pm
Dinner - 5 to 7pm and Cash Bar
Music and Dancing with Super 60's Band - 6-10pm
Bring back the 60's dress costume and win the "Best Costume" prize (some of you will just have to look in your closets).
Face Painting, Silent Auction, 50/50 Drawing and have your pictures made with "secret celebrity."
Tickets $40/Adults, $10/Youth, Under 5 free. Tickets available June 1 and can be purchased at Depot or online at SaludaHistoricDepot.com/Events.
The Saluda Historic Depot Theater Group Presents
"Saluda's Got Talent"
Vocalists, Musicians, Magicians, Comedians,
Dancers, Acrobats, and Animal Acts
Come One Come All to Share Your Talent!
The Saluda Historic Depot will be hosting a 60's "Rock & Roll" Dinner and Dance, and Cruise-In car show on July 21 that will include a "Saluda's Got Talent" production facilitated by the SHD Theatre Group.
The event will be held at The Party Place and Events Center, a fabulous venue for a
talent show reflecting the creative spirit of our community.
All ages are welcome to audition!
All forms of talent will be included!
Auditions were held at the Saluda Historic Depot on Friday, April 27. Additional auditions can be scheduled prior to June 1.
Prizes will be awarded!
Note: If you are interested in auditioning for Saluda's Got Talent, please contact
Corinne Gerwe, Phone: (828) 749-4803, Cell: (828) 817-1060 or Email
Get Your Personal Annual Membership
The Saluda Historic Depot launched its first annual membership campaign this year. Individual memberships are available for $25 and include a 10% discount on our Depot Shop non consigned items, t-shirts, books, memorabilia and other gift items. This is an opportunity for all the friends of Saluda to help fulfill the vision of our iconic landmark. Please send your $25 to the Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773, memo "2017 Membership". Be sure to watch your mailbox for your official membership card as confirmation of your donation.
When you purchase these books at the Depot, proceeds from the sales go toward the fundraising for the Depot.
New Inventory of T-Shirts
All new tees in all sizes available at the Depot! Use your Membership Card and get 10% off all gifts in the Depot's Gift Station.
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"Our Vanishing Americana" by Mike Lassiter
With un-daunting energy and perseverance, Mike Lassiter spent six years traveling across the state of North Carolina, looking for the lifeblood of small towns, community icons and historic businesses-the beginnings of Tar Heel commerce, livelihoods, family enterprises. Lassiter's photo shoot turned into a decades-long odyssey covering 30,000 miles and 100 counties, yielding "Our Vanishing Americana," a 2006 photo book followed by a 2009 PBS documentary of the same name. 500+ Photos of Vanishing American Icons featuring Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill and M.A. Pace General Store. Price: $50
"SALUDA From Top to Bottom" by Matthew Baumgarner
Matt published Saluda: From Top to Bottom November, 2015.
This book is the first major publication on the Saluda Grade and railroad in more than thirty years and goes deeper than any previous work. Matt describes his exploration of the early history of the railroad's formation, debunks the myths surrounding early engineering staffs and feats, and places the construction of the line in the context of railroad expansion in the era. Price: $50
Interested in History? Be a Museum Volunteer!
Thank You to Depot Volunteers
Thank you to these following volunteers:
Anita Ogden Moore, Ann Dudley, Bruce Jayne, Sarah Jayne, Bill Klippel, Carla Baumgartner, Chuck DuCharme, David O'Brien, Evan Lazer, Helene Pasternak, Jack Milhaupt, Jaine Nelson, Mike Boyce, Mike Gleaton, Lee Gleaton, Mike Kozma, Mike Reeves, Rich Miller, Tim Driggers, and Bob Keeton, Videographer
Interested in History? Be a Museum Volunteer!
The Saluda Historic Depot is always looking for volunteers to greet visitors and tell the story of the Saluda Grade. If you have some time to share, then call Anita Moore at 828-749-3335 or 404-626-2090.
If you would like to know more about being a volunteer, you are invited to attend the monthly Volunteer Informational and Training session on 2nd Tuesday of month at 11am at the Depot.
Giving and Donating
The SHD board cannot express enough times how grateful we are to the community, volunteers, sponsors, individual donors, and grantors of funds that without this support would not make your Depot and Museum sustainable.
Polk County Community Foundation
Polk County Appearance Commission
Riverstreet Network (Corporate Sponsor)
Entegra Bank (Corporate Sponsor)
Coca-Cola Consolidated (Corporate & Golf Sponsor)
WHKP Radio Meritor (Corporate Sponsor)
WTZQ Radio (Corporate Sponsor)
Saluda Business Association
Horizon Heating & Air
If you would like to support Saluda's railroad and heritage museum, please send donations to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or through Paypal at
website. In-kind gifts are appreciated, too! Saluda Historic Depot is a 501(3) non-profit and all donations are deductible.
While shopping online, we invite you to shop
SmileAmazon.com and select Saluda Historic Depot as your favorite charity. A small portion of your purchase will be donated to the Depot fundraising.
Stop in and have some fun taking your photo in front of our Locomotive!
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Learn More About the History of the Railroad
Donations and memberships to the Saluda Historic Depot in 2018 will enable us to receive incentive grant funds from the Polk County Community Foundation.
Saluda Historic Depot is a 501(c)3 non profit and all donations are tax deductible.
Thank you to all of the donors, sponsors and supporters of the Saluda Historic Depot.
32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773
PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773