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.