THE HISTORIC RURAL RETREAT DEPOT
Event Center and Museum
Coming on Wednesday, June 14...

                                  
                                                                   THE BULLETIN BOARD

June 14th is opening day for the 5th season of the Rural Retreat Farmers Market at the Depot. The Market operates every Wednesday during the summer, from 1:30 to 5:30 PM
CLICK HERE FOR THE FARMERS MARKET PAGE

June 14th is also the date for our Appalachian Culture Day, a Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming Event, a part of the Crooked Road's week-long celebration. View the schedule above.
Lots of things going on, so bring a chair, sit in the Flat, and enjoy our Town like the old days. 
Watch this page or check Facebook for current information.

We need STUFF! Help us by donating something for our Annual Benefit Auction on July 29! Send an email with your contact information to info@theruralretreatdepot.com

We have found the home for your Memorial Bricks! The Memorial Sidewalk and Patio, just outside the main entrance to the Depot, will be paved with your memorial bricks. The first brick order has been placed and we will let you know as soon as you can go see it for yourself. We will continue to provide memorial bricks in return for your generous donations, so while you are creating a lasting memorial to your loved one you are also beautifying the Depot. A donation link can be found below.

We always put the latest photos on our Facebook page, so check it often to see what's going on.  www.facebook.com/theruralretreatdepot.com

If you are into twitter, follow us at www.twitter.com/saverrdepot





HELP US SAVE THE DEPOT
The Rural Retreat Depot was built in 1856 by the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad as a shipping point for local produce. In 2011 the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation purchased the Depot in a sad state of disrepair, with a mission to restore it and then manage it as a history museum and regional event space. 

As we go into 2017 the foundation and roof have been fully replaced and the exterior restored to its 1940's look. This work has been accomplished by many hours of locally donated labor and through generous private donations and grants. As early as 2013 the Depot started to be used for events.


OUR WORK IS NOT DONE AND WE NEED YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT
The Depot exterior was first priority in order to halt further degradation. Now that it's done we turn our attention to the interior. The former waiting room will become a modern museum with interactive kiosks brimming with content about the Depot's role in history. The freight room is to become an event space suitable for everything from weddings and reunions to theatrical and musical productions that can be streamed over the internet to audiences far away from but interested in our Appalachian culture. 
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