The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Newton, NC Depot

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Historic Newton NC Depot

The Historic Newton, NC Depot is open to visitors on Saturdays, and features displays and exhibits of local railroad history. The building, built in 1924, served both the Southern Railway and the Carolina & North-Western lines which traversed Catawba County. Railroad service into the area started in 1860 when rails of the Western North Carolina Railroad reached the county. In 1881 tracks of the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge railroad also reached Newton and joined the rails of the WNCRR.Newton Depot as it was circa 1976
     The renovated depot, which was build an an all-brick structure by the Elliott Building Company, opened to the public in September, 2006 and houses a railroad museum, model railroad club, and a banquet room. The banquet room of the depot can seat up to 80 people at one time and is available for rent for family, church, business or civic event.
     Currently, the Depot Authority is exploring the feasibility of creating the North Carolina Narrow Gauge Museum, with displays of native Tarheel railroad equipment that is smaller than the typical standard gauge railroad. Preliminary plans call for a covered car-barn with three storage tracks on land adjacent to the depot.

Website: Historic Newton, NC Depot
Newton NC
Distance: 1 hour and 15 minutes from Asheville
Address: 1123 North Main Avenue, Newton NC 28658
Telephone: 828-695-4317
Hours: Saturday 1 - 3 p.m., other times by appointment only.
Fees: None
Allow: 1-2 hours
Catawba County Museum of History, Catawba Science Center, Harper House/Hickory History Center, Hickory Museum of Art, Hiddenite Center, Historic Murray's Mill
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 East towards Statesville. Take Exit 130 toward Old US 70. Turn left at West 1st Street, take the 2nd right onto 1st Avenue South. Continue onto Highway 16 Business/Main Street to depot.







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