The Newbern Depot Museum has had a very good year in 2015. Approximately 1,500 people came through the museum over the course of 11 months (we remain closed in January), and 3,900 people used the depot to board Amtrak’s “City of New Orleans” trains during FY 2015.
The museum’s inventory of items increased this past year at the largest rate since the museum first opened, in 1992. This included a large number of authentic Illinois Central Railroad items donated and/or loaned from personal and family collections. In addition, the museum picked up several items of Newbern city history. Many people only see the depot as a railroad museum, but it also serves as a city museum, too.
Over the past year, the depot hosted, or took part in, a variety of events, including the annual spring Relay for Life yard sale, Reelfoot wildlife bird show, Depot Days, and a new event…a Depot Christmas Marketplace, on the night of the annual Christmas parade. We also had several to come out and see the depot all decorated for Christmas, on three special openings in December. The museum is now closed for refit until February.
It is our hope that 2016 can be a prosperous year for the Newbern Depot.