THE HISTORIC RURAL RETREAT DEPOT
Museum and Event Center  

BOOK IT!
The Rural Retreat Depot Museum and Event Center is available to our Community for private events, civic meetings, musical performances, and more. 
At this time we have class reunions, birthday parties, weddings, wedding receptions, and more, scheduled for the Depot. 
Interested? Click anywhere on this line to view the CALENDAR. If it doesn't say 'busy' then it is available.
To book a Depot room for your event, or for further information, please contact Jerry Hurt at 276-620-9231, or email info@theruralretreatdepot.com.

>The Bowling Room seats up to 80 people for performances, or up to 60 seated at tables. Projector, screen, and sound system are available.
>The Lindsey Room seats up to 20 people, and is equipped with a 72" Smart Board, making it a great choice for smaller meetings or training.
>The Evelyn Lahman History Museum displays the history of the Depot and of Rural Retreat. Self-guided or docent-led tours are available upon request.
MEMORY BRICKS!

Many thanks to all of you who have chosen to create a lasting memory by donating a Memory Brick. You are invited to attend a dedication ceremony at 2:30 PM on Saturday, July 28, to see your brick in its new home. Your memories were the inspiration for, and provide the centerpiece for a beautiful new walk and garden at the east end of the Depot, so please join us on the 28th as it officially opens. The Depot will be open afterwards for you to visit, when we would love to hear more about your memories.

This dedication ceremony marks the completion of installation of the initial brick donations. We are continuing to accept donations for bricks, and those will be added to the Memory Walk on a semi-annual basis, or as volumes allow. If you are interested in creating your lasting memory, please click on the link below to learn more. 
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 of 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. Next, we restored and updated the interior to provide an 80-seat auditorium and event room, a 20-seat lecture/meeting room, a two-room museum, and a prep kitchen/storage room. These rooms became available to the public at our Grand Opening on October 14, 2017.
Our work is not finished, so we need your continuing financial support. Remaining on our to-do list are the audio-visual systems to complete the theatre/auditorium area, the interactive kiosks that will bring the museum to life, and the exterior landscaping. To find out how you can help please turn to our DONATE or DONATE A BRICK pages.


THE BULLETIN BOARD

ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION
FOR THE DEPOT

July 28, 8 AM Doors Open
Click here to view the Auction Flyer Page 1

Click here to view the Auction Flyer Page 2

We need your donated items now for the auction. Contact Betsy Perkins or Donnie Buck for more information or to schedule a pick-up. 
Betsy  276-617-1927
Donnie (276) 782-0499

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CREATE A LASTING MEMORY TODAY

The Depot Foundation is creating a Memory Walk where you can recognize, remember, congratulate, or otherwise honor someone or something special to you. You donate a brick that is engraved with up to three lines of 18 characters each. Your brick will be placed in the Memory Walk beside the Depot for all to see. 

A Dedication Ceremony to recognize the completion of the first round of bricks in the new walk and garden will be held at 2:30 PM on July 28th. 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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