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All Aboard: The Old Firehouse Museum’s Train Show Returns

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Alfred Byrd, Old Firehouse Museum Board Member 601-928-8089 or 601-928-8164

All Aboard: The Old Firehouse Museum’s Train Show Returns

The Old Firehouse Museum’s train show will again be held in the Historic Depot in Wiggins on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  The fun and festivities will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Participants may set up their trains Friday, April 15, 4-6 p.m. or Saturday, April 16, 8-9 a.m.  All types of trains are welcome.  The show celebrates the railroad and showcases model trains from the collections of citizens of Wiggins and Stone County.

“If it wasn’t for the railroad, we wouldn’t be here” is an often heard refrain at the Old Firehouse Museum.  The railroad, originally the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad was built through the county in 1896 and was instrumental in the county’s economic development.  This is one reason the museum hosts the train show and another is that most everyone loves model trains.

In addition to the large collection of locally owned model trains that will be on display, there will be presentations, hands-on activities for children, musical entertainment and a motorized trackless train ride around the Depot grounds.

David Price, a noted and favorite railroad historian, and Jerry Lachaussee, author and retired railroad dispatcher,will again present interesting train lore and stories for the train enthusiast that will be attending.  The museum will display photos and other train related artifacts from its collection.

The Historic Depot was originally rebuilt in 1912 after the first depot was destroyed by fire in 1910. In 2000, the building was moved to its current location.  Restoration of the Depot was completed in 2005.

The Old Firehouse Museum, dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of Stone County, is located next to the Wiggins City Hall, 117 North First Street, and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The museum is supported and funded by the City of Wiggins and contributions from volunteers and visitors.

Stone County turns 100 in 2016 and will be celebrating our centennial all year with events and activities that highlight our past, our citizens and a look to our future. Come join us as Stone County honors its 100 years and plans for the next 100 years.

Volunteers Wanted

LogoInterested in the History of Wiggins and Stone County? Want to give back to the community?

The Old Firehouse Museum is seeking additional volunteers to assist when the Museum is open, assist in research and cataloging of materials, and to assist with special events.

If interested, please email the Museum at OldFirehouseWiggins@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

A Celebration of Trains – 2016

The Old Firehouse Museum will again host “A Celebration of Trains” during this Stone County Centennial year. “A Celebration of Trains” will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 9 AM – 2 PM at the Historic Train Depot located on Hatten Avenue. A variety of model trains will be displayed. There will be train rides, demonstrations, storytelling, videos, and train activities for all ages. Our guests for the day will be train experts David Price and Jerry Lachaussee.

Exhibitors are invited to show their trains. Exhibits should bring their trains for display either Friday, April 15, 2016, from 4 PM – 6 PM or Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 8 AM – 9AM. Exhibits should remain in place until the event closes at 2 PM.

For more information, email the Museum at oldfirehousewiggins@gmail.com.

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Third Annual Evening on the Hill

Join us tomorrow for the third annual Evening on the Hill. Pine Hill is all spruced up for Fall and waiting to welcome you for dinner, an Elvis Tribute by Charlie Raye, other entertainment, and a silent auction.

Charlie Raye
Charlie Raye
3rd Annual Evening on the Hill
3rd Annual Evening on the Hill

Third Annual Evening on the Hill

Save the date – October 10th! The Old Firehouse Museum is hosting the Third Annual “Evening on the Hill” from 5pm to 9pm. There will be lots of Music, Fun and Food!

Tickets are on sale for a delicious steak dinner from Serendipity!! There will also be a silent auction and a raffle during the evening with lots of great items. Dinner Tickets  $20.00 each and are available at Serendipity and the Museum.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Evening on the Hill Information

Model Train Celebration

All Aboard!

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, join the Old Firehouse Museum for our first Model Train Celebration Exhibit at The Historic Depot located at 115 Hatten Avenue in Wiggins! The exhibit will be open from 9am until 2pm. There will be model trains, mini train rides, demonstrations, storytelling and train activities.

Admission is free!

The public is invited to bring your Model Trains to exhibit to the Depot on Friday, April 17th from 4pm to 6pm or Saturday, April 18th from 8am to 9am.

Wiggins Depot
Wiggins Depot