THE HISTORIC RURAL RETREAT DEPOT
Museum and Event Center  
THE BULLETIN BOARD
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OPENING DAY FARMERS MARKET
MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING
All happening on Wednesday, June 12
Featuring Shadow Grass Band
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CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR FLYER

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ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION
July 20th

WE NEED YOUR DONATED ITEMS NOW
FOR THE AUCTION! PLEASE HELP!
CALL 276-206-2048 TO DONATE
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Announcing Leadership Changes at the Depot Foundation
Board of Directors
Phyllis Hurt (replaces Frank Akers)
Jeanne Stosser
Stanley King, Jr.
Ed Schaack
Greg Smith

Officers
Frank Akers, president (replacing Jerry Hurt)
Donnie Buck, Director of Operations
Amy McBride, Director of Membership (new)
Lori Guynn, Treasurer
Brenda Atwell, Secretary (new)

Congratulations and thanks to our new leaders!


Farewell, 2018
2018 was an outstanding year for the Depot, hosting over 100 events, and witnessing the completion of our Memorial Brick Walk and Garden. We look to 2019 to bring even more private and public events, and we hope that you will join with us to make the Depot ever better! Having said that...

We are saddened by the passing of our president, Jerry Hurt. Jerry served from 2014, and displayed outstanding leadership, taking the Depot restoration to completion and seeing it become a vibrant meeting space for the community. We will miss his charm, his character, his financial acumen, his benevolence, and his drive. We will continue on, inspired by him, to make the Depot an ever-stronger contributor to our community. 

The Depot Foundation was honored to be named by Jerry's family to receive donations in lieu of flowers. Donations may be mailed to the Depot Foundation at P. O. Box 843, Rural Retreat, VA 24368, or made online by clicking this button:



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HAVE YOUR EVENT AT THE DEPOT!
We welcome both private and public events.
The Bowling Room seats 80 for theater, 60 at tables.
The Lindsey Room holds 20 in a classroom setting.
The Evelyn Lahman Museum displays local history, 
and tours are available.
Contact Michael Cole at 276-243-4271 for info or booking.
Have a date in mind? Check our calendar to see if your date is open.



CREATE A LASTING MEMORY TODAY

The Depot Foundation is accepting donations for our 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. 

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 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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