Rural Retreat Depot Foundation Receives $30,000 Donation from Town

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Non-profit Foundation Seeks to Save and Restore Depot Featured in O. Winston Link Photos

Rural Retreat town council voted last week to provide $30,000 to the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation. This generous donation, along with a flurry of recent donations from other supporters brings the Foundation much closer to the total amount needed to satisfy the pending promissory note for the depot building. “The Town of Rural Retreat is very pleased to make this contribution for the depot. It is the centerpiece of our town and its restoration will be a source of pride for all of our citizens”, said Rural Retreat Mayor Tim Litz. The Rural Retreat Depot was made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”.
“We are extremely grateful for this wonderful donation”, said Chuck Miller, Foundation President. “In a short time we have seen the citizens of Rural Retreat, as well as supporters from all across America, open their hearts and wallets to help us. I am confident that we will raise the additional money needed to pay the depot note allowing us to move forward and focus on continued efforts for grant applications and other restoration funds” said Miller.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Virginia Tennessee Railroad Depot in the 1850’s, effectively relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The Foundation’s goal is to hold a grand opening celebration on the depot’s 150th birthday.

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is seeking tax deductible donations to satisfy the promissory note associated with the purchase of the depot. Following completion of the agreement, a variety of grants will be sought for the restoration, complementing the commitment of local contractors and artisans to donate their services. To make a donation please visit the Foundation website at, or send your check to
The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, P.O.Box 843, Rural Retreat, VA 24368

Contact: Rural Retreat Depot Foundation
Charles ‘Chuck’ Miller, President
Email: info(at)ruralretreatdepot(dot)org

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