Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed facts for kids
The old Central of Georgia terminal building in 2015, now a visitor center
|Location||303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed is a former passenger depot and trainshed constructed in 1860 by the Central of Georgia Railway (CofG) before the outbreak of the American Civil War. This pair of buildings was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976, a listing that was expanded in 1978 to the Central of Georgia Railroad: Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities.
Located on the northwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Louisville Road in the city's historic downtown, the red brick passenger terminal of the CofG complex houses the Savannah Visitor Center and the Savannah History Museum. The site complex includes several notable structures, including cotton yard, a blacksmith shop, a brick viaduct and the trainshed, as well as an office car and caboose. It is owned by the Coastal Heritage Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of coastal Georgia and adjacent regions.
The Savannah History Museum is located at 303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (Georgia State Route 25 Connector). The museum is housed inside the old passenger terminal. It contains artifacts and exhibits relating to the history of Savannah from its establishment to the current time. The shops and terminal facilities were listed separately on June 2, 1978, and the Coastal Heritage Society opened the museum on the site in 1989.
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. GA-2, "Central of Georgia Railway, Passenger Station & Train Shed, Corner of Louisville (Railroad) Road & West Broad Street, Savannah, Chatham County, GA", 40 photos, 5 measured drawings, 11 data pages, 3 photo caption pages
- HAER No. GA-3, "Central of Georgia Railway, 1853 Brick Arch Viaduct", 10 photos, 1 measured drawing, 1 photo caption page
- HAER No. GA-51, "Central of Georgia Railway, Cotton Yard Gates", 8 photos, 1 photo caption page
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