All aboard! Come relive railroad history as presented by Dave Adair, local rail enthusiast, on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at 300 E. Church St., Barnesville.
"Conductor" Adair will show slides and tell stories of trains that departed Bellaire and passed through Barnesville and small towns in eastern Ohio on to Cambridge. Admission is $5 per "traveler." If you have driven Route 40 (National Road) you may have noticed a caboose in front of Dave’s home east of Cambridge. He returns to Barnesville to share his extensive knowledge at the request of The Watt Center for History & the Arts.
The Barnesville B&O Station was completed in 1917 by local contractor W.H. Patterson and Son. It was built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as part of an early 20th Century nationwide plan to upgrade passenger service lines, over 60 years after rail service came through Barnesville in 1854.
The station’s sweeping tile roof and shaped dormers are reminiscent of the Spanish Mission style and it is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Until the development of the interstate highway system in the 1960s the depot was the area’s primary communications link to the outside world with its passenger traffic and telegraph service. It is a much-loved Barnesville landmark and a rare existing station, a reminder of earlier decades.
The Watt Center for History and the Arts welcomes the public to enjoy an hour of railroad history with us at the Barnesville Depot. For information, contact Mary Sidwell at 740-926-1547.