Artifacts from the Statesville Depot returned home Thursday.
The artifacts were removed when the depot building was moved 25 years ago, and have been in storage at the Capitol Warehouse in Raleigh. Steve Hill, a local historian who started the Statesville Historical Collection at 212 N. Center St., said Thursday that he recently got a call through which he learned that the artifacts were available. He readily accepted the offer to bring the items back to Statesville.
The artifacts include the Statesville signs that were outside the depot and other signage, freight trucks and cargo scales.
The depot was moved off Nortfolk Southern’s property in 1995. In the Feb. 16, 1995, edition of the Statesville Record & Landmark, it was reported that Norfolk Southern awarded a grant of $15,000 to the Downtown Statesville Development Corp. The grant, it was reported, was equivalent to what it would have cost the railroad to demolish the building.
Instead, additional funds were raised through donations to move the building to its present location. The Statesville Police Department has housed its patrol division headquarters in the building for a number of years.
Hill said at least some of the artifacts will eventually be on display at the historical collection.
“I’m not sure where I’m going to put them, but I’ll find a place,” he said.