Heritage Station Museum
Introduction & History
Come ride the rails of Coffee County’s rich history at Heritage Station Museum. Operated by the Coffee County Historical Society, we are open weekly, based on the availability of volunteers, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Call BEFORE you plan a trip to make sure we are open (912)381-1135. Located in the the old Georgia and Florida Railroad Depot, Heritage Station Museum features an array of permanent collections including military, agricultural, African-American, and local business exhibits. The museum also boasts a unique collection of train memorabilia and highlights Douglas’ connection with the railroad industry.
The train depot was originally built in 1905 by the Wadley and Mt. Vernon Railroad. The Georgia and Florida Railroad made its presence in Douglas in 1907 and became a major employer for the area for the next 60 years. In 1949, the depot was closed for passenger transportation and closed its doors in the mid 1980s. In 1999, Georgia and Florida Railway employees, Friends of the Museum, and the City of Douglas renovated the depot and re-opened it as Heritage Station Museum.
Visiting the Museum
We are open weekly, based on the availability of our volunteers on most Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Call BEFORE you plan a trip to make sure we are open (912)381-1135. COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Please wear a mask at all times during your visit at the museum. Guided tours are available by request. Field trips and groups are welcome during normal hours or by appointment. Admission to the museum is a $1 donation per person.
History At High Noon
We welcome the public to attend the History at High Noon program each month on the 4th Wednesday at 12Noon. Hear stories and discussions with locals about our area history. You will hear some tales, some tall and some hard to believe!
For more information on the Museum, please call (912) 381-1135 or email the museum.
In January 2021, renovations on the exterior of the caboose began. The exterior phase of the caboose project includes restoration by painting the caboose and building a deck for accessibility. After restoration was completed, a deck was added and is available to host a variety of small events.
|Renovations begin with removal of old paint|
January 24, 2021
|Old Paint has been removed|
February 16, 2021
|New paint and logos (May 2021)||Caboose with handicap accessible deck (June 2021)|