The Bealeton Depot
You're invited - join us for the grand opening of the Bealeton Depot
The Bealeton Station Depot is part of the county’s Bealeton Library complex at 10877 Willow Drive North. Once completed, the depot will be used as a library program room and community meeting space. Transportation Enhancement Act for the Twenty-First Century (TEA 21) grants account for much of the funding for the depot’s renovation while generous donations from local businesses and the area’s developer make up the balance.
Share your memories and photos of Bealeton Depot
The library is searching for people who have memories or photos of the depot. If you have photos, writings, or would be willing to be interviewed about your memories of the depot, contact Dawn Sowers, (540) 422-8517.
The depot, which has approximately 800 square feet of space, was built by Southern Railway Company in 1905 and used by the railroad until the 1950s. Once located on the primary rail route that connected Fauquier County with Washington, D.C., it was moved to its present location, land that had been donated to the county for a new library in 2002.
Constructed in 1905 by J.D. Elliott of Hickory, North Carolina, the Bealeton Station Depot was a fine example of early 20th century construction. The exterior was sheathed in rustic tongue-and-groove weatherboard and overhang brackets were mortise and pin joints with chamfered edges. Fine Georgia heart pine flooring covered the office and the waiting and trainmen’s rooms. Gothic-style tin shingles adorned the roof and eyebrows.
During its transportation heyday, many travelers passed through the Bealeton Station Depot on the way to the nation’s capitol. The development of Route 17 and a bridge over the rail tracks brought changes to Bealeton’s transportation center in 1948 and 1949. Primary access to the depot was lost and, with the decline of rail service, the depot was decommissioned.