THE HISTORIC RURAL RETREAT DEPOT
Event Center and Museum
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. 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. 


THE BULLETIN BOARD

November 15  -- 7 PM

 Music at the Depot featuring Djoukil 

Djoukil is a group of five fantastic French musicians from Lyon joined by their common passion for the music of Django Reinhardt style Gypsy Jazz and American Swing.  Their favorite era being the jazz/swing rhythms and melodies of the 1940s makes them a much sought after band for swing dances, festivals and concerts in France these last 10 years and now they are coming to the U.S.!
Mark your calendar -- Details on the Flyer
Tickets are $10 per person at the door, or
Get your ticket in advance at Jim Lloyd's Rural Retreat Barber Shop.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM PERFORM "SWEET GEORGIA BROWN"


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December 1, 2 -- THE DEPOT'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is extending a Call for Vendors who wish to participate in their 5th annual Christmas Bazaar. This year the bazaar will be held at the Rural Retreat Community Center on Friday and Saturday, December 1st and 2nd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. As the mission of this event is to provide an outlet for local artisans and their consumers, all products offered by vendors must be handcrafted or homemade items. For further information, please contact the Depot Bazaar via their email address:
christmasbazaar@theruralretreatdepot.com 

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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.

CLICK HERE TO CREATE YOUR LASTING TRIBUTE!

MEMORIAL BRICK COUNT:  60
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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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