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 Post subject: Rural Retreat, Virginia
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:38 pm 

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Location: Inwood, W.Va.
Famous for O. Winston Link's photographs and the amazing and beautiful recording of a train stopping here on Christmas Eve of 1957, the station has survived, and is due to reopen following a long and somewhat controversial restoration.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/54/79/f4 ... 8e08b9.jpg

The Facebook page, for those who can get there.

https://www.facebook.com/TheRuralRetrea ... 6744500620


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 Post subject: Re: Rural Retreat, Virginia
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:50 pm 

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J3a-614 wrote:
Famous for O. Winston Link's photographs and the amazing and beautiful recording of a train stopping here on Christmas Eve of 1957, the station has survived, and is due to reopen following a long and somewhat controversial restoration.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/54/79/f4 ... 8e08b9.jpg

The Facebook page, for those who can get there.

https://www.facebook.com/TheRuralRetrea ... 6744500620


I've been watching the restoration of this depot for the last few years, but wasn't aware of any controversy. What is this about?


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 Post subject: Re: Rural Retreat, Virginia
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:54 pm 

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Location: Inwood, W.Va.
Not so much controversy, may have used an incorrect term. . .more like the difficulty, particularly in raising money.

Some people of course wondered if the effort was worthwhile.

Oh well, what else is new in this field?


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 Post subject: Re: Rural Retreat, Virginia
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:22 pm 

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In my opinion, most of the "drama" was before the restoration began. Once the preservation in place "movement" started, it soldiered on methodically. The location somewhat lives up to its name being in a small town away from a large metropolis (besides the rolling traffic on nearby I-81.) I think they have done a fine job of returning the building to its former splendor, and inviting the local community to "rally around" by using it for weekly gatherings such as farmers' markets, etc. I speak informally as a small donor to the project. And as a happy observer, I watched it go by the coach windows as several steam trains passed only a few years ago(!)

Some of the "back story":

http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/historic-rural-retreat-depot-set-to-pull-out-of-town/article_45c7125e-bb81-5ba8-82b8-00b5133a5590.html

http://www.roanoke.com/webmin/news/rural-retreat-depot-is-saved-from-the-saw/article_383bb711-23c1-5ee4-b6be-7127c20aedd7.html


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