A combination of grants and generous donations have allowed the SMA to reconstruct an 1898 C&O Railway Station on the grounds of the Old City Cemetery. In the Spring of 1999 the station was dismantled, moved from its site at Stapleton in Amherst County, and put in storage until its resurrection as a gathering and exhibition space. The restoration plans called for maintaining the original building configuration, as well as the exterior board and batten siding, beadboard wainscoting, intricately patterned vergeboard, and slate roof.
The reconstructed Station House, completed in April 2001, stands within easy view of an active railroad line, and although it does not face the tracks as it did for over one hundred years, its doors open once again to welcome travelers and visitors who come to learn something of both cemetery and city railroad history.
Three audio messages and numerous plaques interpret the World War I-era interior furnishings, history of the Stapleton Station, the local railroad industry, and many people buried in the cemetery who literally lived and died by the railroad.
Stapleton Station before deconstruction, 1997.
Interior view of the Station Master's office, through the ticket window, 1999.
Warehouse storage of building components, 2001.
Reconstructed Station House in the Old City Cemetery, December 2000.