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Jerry Turbyfill, vice president of East Tennessee and Western NC Railroad Society, takes his
place in the restored ticket booth of the historic Linville Depot. With the passenger waiting
area and ticket booth both completely refurbished, Turbyfill estimates that the depot is 75-
percent restored.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2012-11-01 16:19:46
Last modified: 2012-11-01 16:19:46

Linville Depot Celebration Day Sunday

The Linville Depot served as a stop along the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad for 20 years, from 1917 to 1937. After years of disuse and a near miss with a demolition crew, the historic Linville Depot is on its way to its former glory at its new home behind Avery County Historical Museum. With restoration complete in the passenger waiting area and ticket booth (including an authentic ticket window), historical society volunteers and Jerry Turbyfill, vice president of East Tennessee and Western NC Railroad Society, are preparing for a celebration.

To celebrate continued restoration and preservation of the historic Linville Depot, the historical society will host Linville Depot Celebration Day from 1 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 4, at the depot’s new home in Newland.

The depot has been restored with authentic features from its heyday, including a contemporary ticket cabinet, telephone, bead-board ceiling and even the original woodstove, which has been returned to its place as the centerpiece of the depot’s waiting room after waiting for 50 years in storage.

The depot is now wheelchair accessible, thanks to the addition of a new ramp leading to the platform. 

While the depot celebration is open to anyone, Turbyfill extended a special invitation to anyone who still has memories of the depot when it was still functioning in Linville. 

“Please come and tell us the stories,” Turbyfill said, explaining that the historical society would like to record any accounts of the depot when it was in service. “We want to preserve the history.”

Throughout the celebration, Terry McKinney will provide music and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Avery County Historical Museum at (828) 733-7111 or click to