Photo courtesy of The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau
History Frozen in Time
History buffs, railroad enthusiasts, and children will love a visit to the historic Huntsville Train Depot. This once-busy train station on the Norfolk Southern Railway line hasn’t seen a passenger since the 1960s, but it is actually the oldest surviving train depot in the state and among the oldest in the entire country. It was particularly busy during the Civil War when Huntsville was occupied by the Union army and used it as a prison for Confederate soldiers. To this day, “graffiti” etched into the wall by these soldiers still remains, making for a fascinating display of history frozen in time.
The Depot is part of the Early Works family of museums, so you can get a pass to gain discounted entry into this and their other two hands-on museums (Constitution Village and the Early Works Museum).