Full steam ahead!
The Future of the Depot
Long considered the hub of Lee Hall Village, the depot has been
the subject of community focus for over two decades. Two city
planning processes have featured the preservation of the station
as integral to the community’s well being. The village is envisioned
to become a historic district featuring speciality shops
and restaurants that will support nearby tourist attractions.
The Lee Hall Train Station Foundation is engaged in exciting
work. The last few years have been milestone ones. After years
of fund-raising, the depot was relocated to its permanent home
in June 2009. Equally momentous, on September 24, 2010, the
Lee Hall Depot was listed in the National Register of Historic
Places. Click here to link to the application.
Total estimated project cost for relocating, preserving and interpreting
the depot is $2.3 million. Three grants -- totaling over $1
million -- have been been received to protect the exterior of this
iconic structure. The Friends of the Depot are engaged in raising
the final $1 million to complete the building’s interior. The
present phase of [already funded] work will stabilize and protect
the building with the installation of security and fire suppression
systems; the replacement of the roof, wood windows, doors and
siding; reconstruction of the bay office and exterior painting.
Upon completion of the stabilization phase, the next step will be
to make the interior usable for visitation by outfitting it with
insulation, restrooms, heating, air conditioning and lights. The
final phase will involve the creation of spaces for admissions,
meetings, exhibits, educational programs and a gift shop, along
with decorative landscaping and parking.
The station will be maintained and operated by the City of
Newport News’ Division of Museums & Historic Services.
Additionally, the Friends of the Lee Hall Depot will support the
station through memberships, tours and special events.