THE HISTORIC RURAL RETREAT DEPOT
Event Center and Museum
RURAL RETREAT FARMERS MARKET AT THE DEPOT IS OPEN FOR ITS FIFTH SEASON!
HOURS ARE 1:30 TO 5:30 pm EVERY WEDNESDAY
CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGES FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT'S IN SEASON AND TO FIND OUT WHAT SPECIAL EVENTS ARE HAPPENING THIS WEEK:

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/DEPOTFARMERSMARKET
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/THERURALRETREATDEPOT
                                  
                                                                   THE BULLETIN BOARD

YARD SALE COMING SEPTEMBER 9!! (Click to see Flyer)
Watch our Facebook Page for more information about our second annual YARD SALE. This was a very popular event last year, so we hope everyone will come out for some fantastic deals!
Want to sell your stuff at the Yard Sale? Register before September 4th!
Click here for Registration Form
Click here for Liability Waiver (required)
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Visit the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition "Journey Stories"
Journey Stories is open to the public during Farmers Markets, Wednesdays 1:30-5:30
Additional Journey Stories displays will be open to the public on September 9 and 10,
and local schools may schedule class visits on Sept 8 and 11.
Click here to read more about Journey Stories
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DON'T MISS THE DEPOT'S GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!
Join us on October 14 for a ribbon-cutting, music and more!
Registration begins at 9 AM, Program is 10 AM to Noon
Admission is free, bring your lawn chair

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June 14th was 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
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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, OR come to the Depot Table during Farmers Market

MEMORIAL BRICK COUNT:  54
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AUCTION!
Our annual benefit auction was held on Saturday, July 29, and it was HUGE! Our generous benefactors really came forward this year with some amazing items, most of which became incredible bargains for our lucky bidders. Many, many thanks go to the folks that worked so hard to make the auction happen, to our auctioneers, to our volunteers who continue to support our fund-raising efforts, and to our bidders. 
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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





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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