Depot plans train club, children’s events, grand opening

The Olde Towne Depot, scheduled to host its grand opening on April 24, is in its final phases of completion.

The Depot, funded in large part by the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, provides the community a designated space for events and artifacts that take a look back at Clinton’s rich history.

Home to the Main Street Clinton offices, the Olde Towne Depot also serves as a museum of unique rail-related displays. The collection currently includes paintings, drawings, and photographs of Clinton’s historic depots, as well as an HO scale model train, a telegraph machine from the depot that was torn down in the 1970s, a railroad employee handbook from 1900, and much more.

In addition to the ongoing displays, the Olde Towne Depot will also host temporary educational exhibits and showcase local artists.

In an effort to engage with the Clinton community’s train enthusiasts, the Depot is making plans to start a local train club. The club will meet at the Olde Towne Depot for fun, interactive gatherings. Those interested in being part of this group may contact the Olde Towne Depot at 601-924-0113 or depot@clintonms.org.

For the smallest of Clinton’s conductors, a monthly children’s reading will take place on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. beginning May 1. Kids will enjoy a short train-themed book followed by a look at the Depot’s model train and other items on display.

The community is invited to the Depot’s ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. on April 24. Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony.

The Olde Towne Depot is located at 281 East Leake Street.

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