Historic Huntsville Depot


The history of engineering railroads and locomotives is inseparable from the history of the nation, especially the period of the Civil War. Indeed, it was because of Huntsville's strategic position on the Memphis & Charleston line that Union General O.M. Mitchel made capturing and occupying the town a key objective. In addition to a Civil War exhibit, where you can see graffiti left by both Union and Confederate soldiers, the museum includes a large collection of locomotive and railway cars, a multimedia presentation on railroad history, an HO model train exhibit and lectures on 1912 railroad operations given by life-size robotic figures.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Electrical, Other
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:"The Historic Huntsville Depot is the only surviving pre-Civil War passenger depot in Alabama and one of very few left in the U.S. The three-story building was constructed in 1860 and included the area headquarters for the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. Union forces seized the depot in 1862 and used it as a prison for Confederate soldiers."
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