THE HISTORIC RURAL RETREAT DEPOT
Event Center and Museum

NEWS AND EVENTS

APPALACHIAN CULTURE DAY AT THE DEPOT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! 
This was our first Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming event, and it featured Farmers Market, Master Gardener Demonstration, clogging lessons and performance and musical performances by noted Appalachian Balladeers and Musicians Elizabeth LaPrelle, Jim Lloyd, the Jam Kids, Herb Key and Wayne Henderson. You can view many photos on our Facebook page.
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Here is a variety of photos from the 2016 holiday season events at the Rural Retreat Depot
Mr. Ken Miller of Roanoke, who we met through the N&W Historical Society, generously hand painted RURAL RETREAT on the Depot. He was assisted by his wife and Ken Stein. The Rural Retreat support crew consisted of Doug Matney who provided his bucket truck, and Chuck Miller. Photos by Evelyn Lahman. This is an authentic restoration using the original stencil designs, which Ken had to modify due to the board and batten exterior. A wonderful addition, and thanks to all who made it happen.
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Opera in Rural Retreat?
On December 3 Rural Retreat school kids were treated to a taste of Techno-culture when Va Tech's Moss Center for the Arts streamed "Operacraft" into Town Hall. Operacraft is an opera composed by K-12 students using the popular online game Minecraft as its design tool. The Moss Arts Center and the Depot Foundation are partnering to host future streaming events to the Depot, made possible by our high speed fiber connection provided by Shentel. The photos below show Ms. Lois Badey of Va Tech explaning to the attendees how it all works, and some of the kids who participated. 
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On April 5, 2014, the Depot Foundation prepared for the passing of Southern Railway's SR630.  Our photographer fans had asked for the removal of the safety fence, so we rearranged it to facilitate their photos. These two photos were provided to us by Mark Farris of Blue Ridge Custom Photography.
On March 9 the Tennessee Valley Train Museum and Norfolk & Southern put on a steam excursion from Bristol to Radford and back.  The train passed the depot at 10:30 AM eastbound and about 4 PM westbound.  Over 200 photographers and fans were at the depot to capture this event.  There are pictures above and a video below, and more can be found on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/theruralretreatdepot 




Following is the upcoming event schedule and the latest developments in the depot restoration. Scroll down for plans, news and highlights.  SEND US EVENTS FOR THE CALENDAR:  info@theruralretreatdepot.com

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Coming soon...the restoration plans
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