Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot

Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot Embracing our Heritage, Enriching our Future The beautiful Aiken depot served local travelers going to Charleston or Augusta and beyond, as well as thousands of Winter Colonists that came here for many decades.

Many of their descendents still live here. That building was demolished by the railroad in 1954 when the railroad ceased passenger travel to Aiken.

Operating as usual

Photos from City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism's post
05/08/2021

Photos from City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism's post

05/05/2021

National Train Day is 3 days away! We hope you can join us at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum on Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Admission is free. Tickets for the train ride are $1 per person (including adults and children). There will be live music, train rides for kids, balloon and face paint artists, a photo booth, and concessions. Stop by the caboose and meet Conductor Don. Masks are encouraged. Don't forget to check out the train museum and the Drive-A-Train exhibit! Sponsored by the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot.

The Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot sponsored a special train themed Story Time in Gyles Park yesterday. Due to the ...
05/05/2021

The Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot sponsored a special train themed Story Time in Gyles Park yesterday. Due to the weather, it was moved to the covered deck at the Train Depot. That did not stop participants from enjoying three stories read by board member Marty Bailey.

04/23/2021

National Train Day is two weeks away! We hope to see you there! City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
12/22/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Choo Choo- All aboard for a great night at Christmas in Hopelands!

Christmas in Hopelands is open from 6:00-9:00 PM. Please arrive by 8:45.Parking is available at Rye Patch (100 Berrie Rd) and the Green Boundary Club (780 Whiskey Rd). Handicap Parking is available at Hopelands Gardens (135 Dupree Pl).
Masks are required at Christmas in Hopelands. www.aikenismagical.com City of Aiken, South Carolina Government #aikenparksandrec #keepaikensafe

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
12/14/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum now until Friday, December 18th to vote for your favorite tree or click Like on one of the images below.

Join us for Christmas at the Depot!
11/12/2020

Join us for Christmas at the Depot!

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
11/07/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Thank you for a wonderful Fall Story Time season! This fantastic program would not be possible with out the support of our Sponsors and Volunteer Readers. Once again Thank Your for your support! 2020 Fall Sponsors; Meybohm Aiken Homes Team, Friends of Hopelands & Rye Patch, Lance & Cathy Traver, Downtown Dental, The Moseley Family, and Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot. 2020 Volunteer Readers; Mrs. Joe Lize, Mrs. Betty Ryberg, Mrs. Nancy Moseley, and Ms. Patrice Johnson. We look forward to seeing you all back for our Spring Story Time in March! City of Aiken, South Carolina Government #aikenparksandrec #keepaikensafe

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
11/02/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Congratulations to the winners of our pumpkin decorating contest at the Depot!

Carved pumpkin - the conductor
Painted pumpkin - the witch

Stop by the Depot from now until 5 pm today and from 9 am to 2 pm tomorrow to pickup your prizes and painted pumpkins. The carved pumpkins have been disposed of. Thank you to all who participated and thank you to local artist Mimi Inman for judging the pumpkins.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
09/28/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Did you know that the Depot and the Aiken County Farmers Market were built on parkways? Take a stroll or enjoy a picnic at one of our beautiful parkways.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
09/27/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

What is your favorite part of the Depot? Is it an event or an exhibit? Our favorite is Christmas time.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
09/26/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Selfie Saturday! Share a photo of yourself standing in front of the bright red caboose at the park near the Depot.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
09/25/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

If you could travel anywhere by train, where would it be? Stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn more about passenger service.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
09/24/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

What was the purpose of the tower or cupola at the top of the building? Stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum from 10 am to 5 pm to learn more.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
09/23/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Thanks to all of you that joined us for Story Time yesterday at the Depot! A very special Thank You to our Reader Conductor Don and all of our wonderful Sponsors; The Moseley Family, Friends of Rye Patch and Hopelands, Aiken Home Teams, Downtown Dental, Lance and Cathy Traver and the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot! We look forward to seeing you again next week at Hopelands Gardens!

Aiken Standard
09/23/2020
Aiken Standard

Aiken Standard

Since its reopening, the depot has seen more than 110,000 visits, said Mary Rosbach, the City of Aiken’s tourism supervisor.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
09/21/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Did you know Aiken still has an operating freight line? What does it carry? #cityofaikensc

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
09/20/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Did you know Aiken exists because of a love story and the railroad? Take our historic trolley tour to learn more.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
09/19/2020

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Selfie Saturday! Share a photo of yourself wearing a conductor hat. Don’t have one? Stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum and pick one up from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed Friday, July 3rd and Friday, July 4th.
06/30/2020

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed Friday, July 3rd and Friday, July 4th.

03/16/2020

Patrons of the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum: City of Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon has declared a state of emergency as concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 continue to escalate. Osbon signed a proclamation outlining the measures involved late Sunday. The proclamation is a response to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster's executive order issued Sunday. The City of Aiken will implement closings and procedures that are aligned with guidance from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Beginning today until March 31st, the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum is one of many facilities that will be closed. Staff will continue to monitor phone calls and emails. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our community healthy.

The Steam Channel
03/15/2020

The Steam Channel

Between honoring our volunteers, the Polar Express and Santa at the Depot, December was a busy month for us!
01/02/2020

Between honoring our volunteers, the Polar Express and Santa at the Depot, December was a busy month for us!

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed on New Year's Day. Stop by and see us on January 2nd!
12/31/2019

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed on New Year's Day. Stop by and see us on January 2nd!

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Stop by and see us on Dece...
12/23/2019

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Stop by and see us on December 26th!

Visit Aiken SC
12/21/2019

Visit Aiken SC

Santa will be at the Train Depot until 1 pm today! Don’t forget your camera!

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
12/18/2019

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Santa will stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum this Saturday, December 21st from 10 am to 1 pm! Don't forget to bring your camera!

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism
12/03/2019

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The Polar Express is only 4 days away! Saturday is sold out but there is still space available on Sunday.

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed tomorrow and will reopen on Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
11/27/2019

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum will be closed tomorrow and will reopen on Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Address

406 Park Ave SE
Aiken, SC
29801

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(803) 293-7846

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Looking West from Laurens St. March 13, 2014.