Old Train Depot Open house at Lake Junaluska

Arts & Entertainment
1799 S. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska
Jul 01, 2013
4:00 PM
Courtesy of: Donated photo

Train Depot Open House, 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 1, 1799 S. Lakeshore Dr. Free. Imagine this: Back in 1913 during the Lake’s first gathering, attendees would take the Southern Railway train from Waynesville to the Tuscola Depot, located near Lake Junaluska. A one-way trip from Waynesville cost 25 cents. The train would make four trips a day, ferrying visitors back and forth to Waynesville for meals and accommodations since there were none at the lake back then. From the depot, visitors would walk across the dam to Stuart Auditorium. As train travel waned in the 1960s, the depot closed and was moved to Lakeshore Drive and turned into a private residence.  The 100-year old structure still has its original tile roof, red wood, ticket window, and 13-foot ceilings. Now owned by Dr. Donald and Charlotte Mosely, the former depot still gets visitors curious about its past. The Mosleys will open their home during the Centennial to help celebrate its past as an important link to the lake’s success.