Historic Huntsville Depot to limit access to private events when it reopens from renovations

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A fixture in downtown Huntsville, the Historic Huntsville Depot, is planning to limit its access to the public when it reopens in a few months.

The Depot, the large yellow building at 320 Church Street, has been closed for several months for interior renovations.  When in reopens, it will only open for scheduled events such as meetings, weddings, field trips and birthday parties.

Bart Williams, Executive Director of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums, says the staff had several requests to hold private events there, which helped them make the decision to transition to this focus.  He said the Depot grounds will remain open for people to walk around and see the trains and Patriot Mosaics.

The Historic Huntsville Depot is the oldest depot in Alabama. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It was occupied by federal troops as a prison and hospital during the Civil War, and also saw historic movements of troops during World War I, World War II and the Spanish-American War.

In addition to the Depot, the EarlyWorks Family of Museums also includes Alabama Constitution Village and EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum. EarlyWorks also operates Santa’s Village during the Christmas season, and holds the annual WhistleStop BBQ, a major fundraiser.