Whether it was handling feed when Southern States used the building for storage or a family member catching the train more than 150 people turned out to share memories of the train station at Tazewell.
The Tazewell County Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon cutting for the newly renovated station May 18 and an overflow crowd shared memories of the many years the station has existed and the many purposes it has served.
The station was empty for many years before the town of Tazewell obtained it from Norfolk Southern Railroad and began the restoration. Under the direction of Vice Mayor Terry Mullins a committee of interested citizens was formed and they were able to obtain funding to restore the building.
Just over a year after ground was broken for the restoration the project was completed and the newly formed Tazewell County Chamber of Commerce under the leadership of Pam Meade made the station its first ribbon cutting.
The dignitaries also unveiled the new mural Tazewell Through the Eyes and words of Louise Leslie and Caden Waddell displayed a model rain station resembling the town and the station. That display will be in the lobby of the station.
There was also a special post mark presented by the county historical society and architect Barry Rakes pointed out some of the unique features of the building. In addition to being the chamber office the station will serve as a satellite of the county’s tourism office.