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 Thursday and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00am to 2:00pm! 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
Heritage Station Museum, located at 219 West Ward Street, is open to the public Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m and on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 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. The museum’s gift shop, the Whistle Stop Souvenir Shop, has a selection of local goods including postcards, Douglas-Coffee County history books, Georgia Grown products, gift baskets, fine art, and more!
History At High Noon
We welcome you to attend History at High Noon program each month. Hear stories and discussions with locals about our area history. You will hear some tales, some tall and some hard to believe! History at High Noon is on the fourth Wednesday at 12Noon at the Museum.
For more information on the Museum, please call (912) 389-3461 or email the museum.
IN THE NEWS...
DOUGLAS RECEIVES TOURISM GRANT FUNDS FOR CABOOSE RENOVATION
Georgia Tourism, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), has awarded more than $2,000 in tourism product development grant funding to the City of Douglas to restore the old Southern Railway caboose at Heritage Station Museum. Upon recommendations from the Tourism Team, the caboose will be renovated to focus on Douglas’ train history and provide train enthusiasts a reason to visit Douglas.
“New tourism product is what drives visitation to Douglas and tourism resource team grants help to get these projects off the ground,” said Georgia Henderson, Community Development Director. “We are thrilled to receive this round of funding for accessibility to the caboose so that we can offer visitors a new experience and hopefully attract tourists to Douglas and Coffee County.”
Georgia Tourism offers this grant to communities who participated in the department’s Tourism Product Development Resource Team program. Douglas-Coffee County hosted a tourism team in February 2018. While in Douglas, the Team evaluated the community’s potential for tourism growth and development through innovative and unique experiences based on a community’s local culture and heritage. Renovating the caboose at Heritage Station Museum was recommended by the Team. The recommendations and financial support provided through this funding program is designed to spur tourism development activities at the local level that maintain and create jobs, attract tourists, and enhance the visitor experience.
Renovating the exterior of the caboose is expected to begin in 2020. The exterior phase of the caboose project includes restoration by painting the caboose and building a deck for accessibility. After restoration is completed, the deck will also be available to host a variety of small events.