Wetumpka’s Night Train

At 281 North Broad Street, you’ll find a delightful historic depot that has played an important role in the Wetumpka community. The Louisville & Nashville Depot was built in Wetumpka in 1906 and exemplifies the L&N plan for small town depots. The station served as a passenger and freight depot until passenger service was terminated in the 1930s; freight service ended in 1973. During the 1920’s and 1930’s, locals would often take the “night train” to Birmingham, arriving back home after an evening of enjoyment in the “big city.”

In 1975, the depot was purchased by the First United Methodist Church of Wetumpka and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places that same year. Today the space is used by the church for worship services, activities and youth group meetings. The local acting troupe known as the “Wetumpka Depot Players” originally performed in the space, and although its location has moved, continues to honor the name of its origins.

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