Huntsville Depot and Museum
Hear the rattle of the tracks and the engineer’s whistle as you experience life on the rails in 1860. Discover Civil War graffiti & listen as Andy, the robotic ticket agent, tells of Alabama’s railway history.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Depot served as the local passenger house & the corporate offices for the eastern division of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. An active passenger station until 1968, the original depot building now stands as a symbol of Huntsville’s transportation history and city growth.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Dec 24 & 25, all of January,
Limited hours first 2 weeks of May due to Whistlestop
* Group rates apply to parties of 15 or more who visit with a scheduled reservation. Minimum fee required.
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- 320 Church Street, Huntsville, AL 35801 | 256-564-8100
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- Graffiti done by generations of travelers, Civil War Prisoners, and workmen can be found on the Depot’s third floor.
- The Depot is the oldest depot in Alabama and one of the most significant transportation landmarks in the nation.
- Erected by the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, the brick structure also housed the Eastern Division Headquarters and so was erected with considerably above-average lavishness.
- It is believed that the station had the first inside plumbing in Huntsville.
- In 1971, the Depot was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Depot was occupied by federal troops as a prison and hospital during the Civil War.
- In 1950, a team of Dr. Werner von Braun’s German scientists passed through the terminal, with ideas of a different type of transportation which would draw international publicity.
- During World War I, World War II and the Spanish-American War, the Depot served as the center of historic movements of troops, poignant farewells and tearful emotions.
- Huntsville’s first ladder fire truck is housed in the Depot’s Autohouse along with a “life net”- a net meant to catch people who jumped from windows.
- Aunt Eunice’s Country Kitchen restaurant is preserved as a museum on the Depot grounds. The inside of the restaurant with its famous Liar’s Table, her walls of autographed pictures, the well-worn vinyl covered benches, her cash register, chair and coffee pot were moved into a yellow clapboard house at the Depot to preserve community heritage.
- Spikes were driven into the Depot windowsills to keep unwanted “loafers” from sitting in the them when the lobby was used as the train station waiting room.
- The last train came through the Depot in 1968.
- Teddy Roosevelt came through town on a “Whistlestop Campaign” and spoke to the citizens of Huntsville from his train at the Depot.