Marshallville Depot – Georgia Railroad Art Print
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I especially love old train stations like the Marshallville Depot seen in this print. They were built in a period of history when even relatively utilitarian buildings still had style and craftsmanship. It was also a time when small towns were still the hub of an agricultural economy. These days these old railroad depots are the essence of fading Americana, little pieces of the past that are sadly vanishing from the landscape if they don’t find a new use.
The Marshallville depot was built as part of the Central of Georgia Railway (later Southern Railway). The Queen Anne Style station seen in this art print was built in 1912 to replace an earlier depot lost to fire. The little town of Marshallville in Macon County, Georgia, has a rich history. It was in this small community that Samuel Rumph became the father of Georgia’s commercial peach industry. His development of the Elberta Peach and a method to ship them long distances brought revolutionary changes to peach production. Imagine the number of peaches and Elberta peach trees that must have passed through here?
This print of the Marshallville depot is based on photos before it was put into use as a convenience store. I especially loved how strong the golden light on the old red bricks was that spring afternoon. The weather worn depot had an especially vintage and lonesome feel to it that afternoon. It felt like a beautiful glimpse at that small town’s past. I can still see this as the hub of activity it must have been so long ago. The coloring and general style of this print continues on that vintage Americana style.
Have you seen the old Marshallville Depot yourself? Perhaps you have family from the area or you still live there yourself? Or you just love vintage Americana as seen in this old railroad depot print? I would love to hear what draws you to this Marshallville print!
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