With her distinctive “witch’s hat” roof, the Depot in Greenville Junction is an architectural glamor girl. But at an estimated 85 tons, she’s no lightweight. That’s not a problem for the Jewett Company, in the business of jacking and moving buildings since 1979. In preparation for moving the Depot to its new home, as required by the Central Maine and Quebec Railway, a crew has strengthened and leveled the Depot’s massive underpinnings (see photo inset). Those attending this year’s annual Gala celebration on Saturday August 16, will no longer have to step quite so carefully as they pass through the Depot. Visitors will hear fascinating stories and enjoy photographs and relics of the Depot’s pivotal role in the growth of the region. Open from 10 AM until 2:00 PM, the Gala will feature: scale model operating train layouts, including one that kids can control; a rare chance to enjoy tasty mooseburgers and other delicious food; the Crosby Community Band from Dexter playing a repertoire of Beatles’ songs among other favorites; on-site painting by the very popular local artist, Milt Christianson and much more.
Looking ahead, after the Depot is moved, the passenger end of the building will house a small museum to celebrate the Depot’s history. Extensive interior renovations will transform the freight end of the building into a large, well equipped, ADA-compliant, function room. As the only such facility within 35 miles of beautiful Moosehead Lake, the Depot hall will help the area attract a whole new class of social, corporate, sports, special interest and governmental organization meetings.