Train Depot Grand Opening set for Veteran’s Day

by Trish Rudder

Bath Town Recorder Susan Webster told the Town Council on October 17 that a Grand Opening of the Berkeley Springs Train Depot will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Grand Opening will begin with a ribbon-cutting in the back of the building and speakers will include Webster, Mayor Scott Merki, Morgan County Commission President Sean Forney and West Virginia Senator Charles Trump.

Food trucks will be available at 11 a.m. in the parking lot, but the ceremony is set to begin at noon and will not interfere with the Veterans’ Day celebration at the Berkeley Springs American Legion Post 60 that begins at 11 a.m.

“We invite everyone from the American Legion to join us after their celebration of Veterans’ Day to appreciate the history of the Depot and its connection to our veterans. Taking the train from Berkeley Springs during World War I would have been the first leg of their travels to defend democracy,” Webster said.

Getting the Depot rehabilitated has been going on since it began in 2008 with the exterior of the building and a new roof. With funding delays since that time, the rehabilitation of both outside and inside was finally completed in the summer of 2023.

The Depot committee will show people the history and its future plans, and we are seeking input from the public for future development, Webster said on Friday.