Funding Historic Preservation
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Historic Cambria Depot
(Christiansburg Station)
630 Depot Street NE
Christiansburg, VA 24073


Funding Historic Preservation

Depots and other old railroad structures are an architectural endangered species. Google lists of "endangered" historic structures, and you are likely to find more than a few depots on the list: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Columbus and Hudson, Ohio; Murphysboro, Illinois. Every railroad, like the Santa Fe, has a long list of lost, abandoned, or decaying depots. Because of their size, the materials required, and the sheer amount of work required to keep them standing and maintained, most depots end up under the demolition threat at some point. For those, like Cambria, that still reside on railroad property, there are two additional problems: the rising cost of the railroad land leases (eight years ago, ours rose from $680 per year to $6,000 + CPI per year, wiping out our maintenance budget) and the refusal of banks to lend money on structures that are on land leases (or at least land leases that are shorter than 30 years--most are month-to-month). The funding dilemna leaves most depots at risk, and means that the owners, both public and private, have to find creative ways to cover the costs of operating, maintaining, and rehabbing old stations. We are no exception:

Friends of the Cambria Depot (a one-time gift) & Denizens of the Depot (an annual membership--with perks). Both help us cover the cost of major restoration and other projects.

Friends of the Depot
(one-time gift)

Denizens of the Depot
(annual subscription)

Pick Your Rate

Currently, the Fund is raising money for:

  • Replacement of some of the existing siding and trim;
  • Tower restoration;
  • Roof repair and the installation of a membrane to lengthen the life of the standing seam room;
  • A new paint job (the building, because of the poplar siding, must be hand scraped, caulked, and repainted every five to seven years;
  • Construction of rain-gardens surrounding the depot to control stormwater damage (the depot is sandwiched between a road and the tracks);
  • Landscaping; and
  • Restoration of the loading platform. so foks can safely use it to watch the trains rumble by.

The Cambria Toy Station, a very small toy store, located in the street side waiting room. The shop helps cover the cost of keeping the building open to the public, eight hours per day, seven days per week, 361 days of the year (we close on New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Tours of the depot and The Scale Cabinetmaker exhibits are free. The shop covers some of the costs of the land lease, utilities, and upkeep.

Whistle Stop Books, a used bookstore located in the track side waiting room, was started in October 2015 to provide funding for the Depot Paint and Restoration Fund. All of the books came from our collection, from book donations from friends and neighbors, and from the Friends of the Library (recycled books).



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Historic Cambria Depot
Questions or comments: Cambria Historian
Last Updated: 13 September, 2016