(The following is a press release from Stone County Economic Development Partnership.)
Wiggins, MS--The Second Annual Old Firehouse Museum's train show will be held in the Historic Depot in Wiggins on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The fun and festivities start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. The show celebrates railroads and showcases model trains from the collections of citizens of Wiggins and Stone County.
"If it not for the railroad, we wouldn't be here" is an often heard refrain at the Old Firehouse Museum. The railroad, originally the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad, was built through the county in 1896 and was instrumental in the county's economic development. Recognizing our history is only one reason the museum host's the train show, another is that most everyone loves model trains.
In addition to the large collection of locally owned model trains that will be on display, there will be presentations, hands-on activities for children and a motorized trackless train ride around the grounds of the Historic Depot.
David Price, a noted railroad historian, will present interesting train lore and stories for the train enthusiast everywhere. The museum will display photos and other train-related artifacts from its collection.
The Historic Depot was originally rebuilt in 1912 after the first depot was destroyed by fire in 1910. In 2000, the building was moved to its current location. Restoration of the Depot was completed in 2005.
The Old Firehouse Museum, dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of Stone County, is located next to the Wiggins City Hall, 117 North First Street, and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is supported by the City of Wiggins and funded by contributions from volunteers and visitors.
Stone County turns 100 in 2016 and will be celebrating the Centennial all year long with events and activities that highlight our past, our citizens, and a look to our future. Join your friends in Stone County as we honor an impressive past and plan for the vibrant years ahead.