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Notes from the Museums: A Model for Learning

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The 1885 Train Depot Museum offers an opportunity to go beyond playing with model trains. Although watching models wind through the countryside and towns is fun! Manning the controls to slow or speed up the engines including blowing the whistle to signal crossings or approaching the station. Imagination slides destinations and people into the scenario.

Beyond the enchantment of the train sets lies the information of railroad history. Exhibits tell the stories of not only what the equipment looked like, but who built the trains and the railroads of the past. Details include the gauge of the track and the design of the engines and cars. Who was Henry Flagler? Who was Henry Plant? What language did Samuel Morse create to accompany the railroad path? How was the railroad used in the timber industry here in Florida? A cook car rescued from Green Swamp sits on the track outside the Depot to tell that story. A visit to the Depot on Russell Street is a trip to experience trains, travel and the thrill of learning about a way of life gone by.

The Museums Schedules!
The May-Stringer tours on Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – 352-799-0129
The 1885 Depot tours on Friday & Saturday from noon – 3 p.m. – 352-799-4766
The Countryman One Room Schoolhouse tours on Thursday – Saturday from noon – 3 p.m. – 352-515-3054

[Credit: Mary Sheldon]
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