It was dream begun almost 20 years ago – an all-volunteer effort to one day restore Hopewell Junction’s last standing railroad building – the one that gave birth to this community. While it was badly ravaged by fire and the elements, the building had tremendous character and history.
Our vision was to create a showcase for the community’s industrial past. The building was reopened in 2012 by an amazing all-volunteer effort. Its museum rooms were opened in 2013.
What is desperately needed now are restrooms for both our visitors and to serve Dutchess Rail Trail users.
To do that we must raise the funds needed to recreate the 1892 vintage Switching Tower #196 located opposite the restored Depot.
The Tower’s upper floor will be a museum room with replica control apparatus. The ground floor plan calls for two restrooms with composting flush toilets for school and civic groups, Depot visitors, and Rail Trail users.
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