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  • Writer's pictureGerry Caron

Preserving History: The Greenville Junction Railroad Depot Restoration Project

Updated: Jun 9

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Greenville Junction Railroad Depot Restoration Project

The Greenville Junction Railroad Depot stands as a historic landmark, a testament to the region's rich past and enduring legacy. Erected in 1889 by the Canadian Pacific Railroad, this architectural gem has witnessed over a century of history unfold within its walls. The distinctive rounded "witches hat" and charming ladies waiting room, added between 1901 and 1910, add to its unique character.

Despite its storied history, the depot faced challenges in recent years. In 2008, the Maine Historic Preservation Society labeled it as the most endangered historic building in the state. However, in 2017, it was rightfully recognized and added to the National Register of Historic Buildings, ensuring its preservation for generations to come.

In response to the depot's plight, concerned citizens rallied together in 2010 to form the Greenville Junction Depot Friends organization. Their mission: to raise funds for the building's restoration and refurbishment, transforming it into a vibrant community space once more. With unwavering dedication, they obtained IRS 501(C)(3) status in 2011, allowing them to receive tax-deductible donations from supporters worldwide.

Thanks to the efforts of licensed Professional Engineer Carmen Bombeke and 2A Architects, the depot's structural integrity has been assessed and deemed sound. Plans for its rehabilitation are underway, with proposed stages outlined for its revitalization.

To support the restoration efforts, the Greenville Junction Depot Friends have employed various fundraising initiatives, including the sale of merchandise like t-shirts, hats, and mugs, as well as guided tours of the building. Additionally, they host a series of events throughout the summer months, including the Moosehead Artisans Show in June, a tea party in the Ladies Waiting Room in July, and an Annual Celebration featuring a mooseburger BBQ, live music, tours, and exhibits.

As the Greenville Junction Depot continues its journey into the future, its restoration stands as a beacon of community resilience and pride, honoring the past while embracing the promise of tomorrow.

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