Liberty-White Depot Museum, Summit
Watch the east side of the railroad track, just north of Robb Street -- it is actually the site of Summit's first railroad depot in 1871 and it is the site of Summit's new Depot Museum. Click this link for a Depot Museum Fact Sheet.
The Sign Marks the Spot
The slogan is All Aboard! and much the same as it was when the conductor called as the train left the station, it is time to get aboard and help the Historical Society accomplish this much-needed project for Summit. There is a job for everyone, there will be many old and antique materials necessary to accomplish the restoration, so make a commitment now to get on board.
Windows, old tin, beaded board, etc.
This picture is indicative of the type work that will need to be done on the building. We will either be repairing old windows or seeking to replace them with windows of similar vintage. The same is true of the tin roof. 
Interior Walls
This photo shows the interior wall of the ticket office; note the type of beaded board used on the walls. We will need to locate a substantial amount of this material. 
Freight Door & Fireplace
Note the heavy wooden freight door; there is one on each side of the building, still attached to the sliding mechanism. Note the brick fireplace, although not believed to be original to the depot; the Society is in need of a pot-bellied stove to place on the hearth and volunteers to clean a LOT of old brick. 
How much better it will be...
After all the work is done, and there is MUCH work to be done, just think how much better it will be to have a Depot Museum than the bare ground that has been there since the last depot. If you would like to see some of the press coverage of the Depot project click on one of these links: Enterprise Journal story 8/10/09; Enterprise Journal story 8/12/09; Enterprise Journal story 9/4/09; or if you would like to see a map showing the location of the Depot Museum click here. 
 
 
 
Depot Procession
The procession required to escort the first part of the Depot to its new home alongside the track in Summit was quite impressive and drew a large crowd of onlookers.
 
Last Turn Off Robb Street
The second photo shows the Depot taking the last turn at Robb Street north onto E. Railroad Ave. Believe it or not the building survived the trip relatively unscathed, albeit with a few pine tree branches festooning its roof.
 
Wallace Lumber Donates Sills
We asked for resources and the response was immediate. Mark Wallace responded immediately by providing a load of oak sills to replace the badly damaged ones of the smaller front section of the Depot. He is shown loading the lumber while volunteer Bill Lewman stands by. Don't you want to get on board?
 
 
Mrs. Sue White is shown presenting the papers for the Liberty-White Depot to Society President Ganeath Brewer, as Board members Hudora Lewman, Pearl Crossley, Vice President Gene Butler and Sec-Treas. Trudy Berger smile approvingly. Within twenty-four hours of the transfer of the Depot, a contract had been signed with a moving company to have the depot to moved to Summit as soon as possible. The 99-year lease with the Town of Summit has been executed assuring a long-term home for the new Depot Museum.
 
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