Many communities are struggling to find a new identity and rise again. Restoring aspects of their railroad heritage for modern use is a thriving venture in small towns and cities. The revival of beautiful old depots has assisted areas in creating new birth for other types of industry. The Rural Retreat Depot is a good example. Built in 1860 by the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, it has been completely restored to its former beauty and is now open as an event venue and museum. The depot was made famous in two of O. Winston Link's photos taken in 1957 - "The Pelican Arrives at Rural Retreat" and "The Birmingham Special Arrives" at Rural Retreat. You can learn more by checking out our blog about the Dedication in 2017.