THE HISTORIC RURAL RETREAT DEPOT
Museum and Event Center  
The Rural Retreat Depot Museum and Event Center is available to our community for private events, civic meetings, musical performances, and more. 

>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 Layman Museum displays the history of the Depot and of Rural Retreat. Self-guided or decent-led tours are available upon request.

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.
WE HAD AN OUTSTANDING RESPONSE
for Memory Bricks!
Orders for the first Memory Walk installation this spring are now closed. 
We will continue to accept memory brick donations for the second installation later this year. If you have any questions please contact us at info@theruralretreatdepot.com
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

FEBRUARY 8TH:  GENERAL MEETING OF THE DEPOT FOUNDATION. 
At the Depot. Meeting starts at 6:30PM.
Everyone, member or not, is welcome to attend.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JUNE 13, 2018
That is the date for the opening of the Rural Retreat Farrmers Market at the Depot AND
Our Second Annual Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming

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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. 

CLICK HERE TO CREATE YOUR LASTING TRIBUTE!

(Note:  we will continue to accept donations for memorial bricks after January 5, but those bricks will be ordered, and placed in the walk, later in 2018).
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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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