Tucker Historical Society’s Heart Bomb event

Marsha Ashby was one of a dozen or so Tucker residents that took part in Tucker Historical Society's Heart Bomb event at the 130-year-old Tucker train depot on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

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.”

Valentine’s cards made for the 130-year-old Tucker train depot during Tucker Historical Society’s Heart Bomb event on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
People meet up at Cofer Brothers before heading across the railroad tracks for Tucker Historical Society’s Heart Bomb event at the 130-year-old Tucker train depot on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A view of the Tucker train depot on Feb. 13, 2022. The depot was built in 1892. It 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 Matthew Lee, president of the Tucker Historical Society. “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.” Photo by Dean Hesse.
A view of railroad tracks running through Tucker, looking west from the train depot. The first passenger train trip through what would become downtown Tucker took place on Sunday, April 24, 1892. It started in Elberton and ended in Inman Park. It was a four-hour journey. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A view of the Tucker train depot on Feb. 13, 2022. The depot was built in 1892. It is still in use by the railroad (CSX Transportation) as a field office. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Joe Scarpachi was one of a dozen or so Tucker residents that took part in Tucker Historical Society’s Heart Bomb event at the 130-year-old Tucker train depot on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Tucker residents showed their affection for the city’s 130-year-old train depot during Tucker Historical Society’s Heart Bomb event at the 130-year-old Tucker train depot on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Tucker showed some love for its 130-year-old train depot during Tucker Historical Society’s Heart Bomb event on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Tucker resident Jesse Robison looks across Railroad Avenue at the 130-year-old Tucker train depot from his table at The Local No. 7 on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. “I knew the railroad used it before but didn’t realize it has been here that long,” said Robison. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A view of the Tucker train depot on Feb. 13, 2022. The depot was built in 1892. It is still in use by the railroad (CSX Transportation) as a field office. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A view of the Tucker train depot on Feb. 13, 2022. The depot was built in 1892. It is still in use by the railroad (CSX Transportation) as a field office. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A view of the Tucker train depot, on left, and Main Street businesses on Feb. 13, 2022. The depot was built in 1892. It is still in use by the railroad (CSX Transportation) as a field office. Photo by Dean Hesse.

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