Tucker, GA — The 130-year-old Tucker train depot got some love during Tucker Historical Society’s Heart Bomb event on Sunday, Feb. 13.
It was part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Heart Bombing: Spread the Love for Historic Places, a nationwide movement that takes place around Valentine’s Day encouraging community’s to display affection for their historic buildings and landmarks. Participants are encouraged to take photos and share them on social media with the hashtag #IHeartSavingPlaces.
“Tucker was formed in 1892,” said Matthew Lee, president of The Tucker Historical Society. “We tie that to two events. One was the railroad coming in, the other was the establishment of a post office.”
Lee said today the railway through Tucker is used exclusively for freight, but for several decades, including the very first train to pass through what became downtown Tucker, it was used for passengers as well. “The first trip was on Sunday, April 24, 1892. It started in Elberton and ended in Inman Park. It was a four-hour journey.”
The depot is still in use by the railroad (CSX Transportation) as a field office. “We think it’s special and we’re glad to have it,” said Lee. “If there comes a point in time when there’s no longer a need for it on their end (CSX) I think the community would definitely pursue finding a way to try and preserve it.”
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