Saluda Historic Depot October Train Tales features “Night at the Museum”

Published 10:29 am Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Night at the Museum will be presented at the Saluda Historic Depot and Museum on Friday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. Visit the Saluda Historic Depot at 32 W. Main Saluda, where you will witness Saluda history come to life.  


Night at the Museum will include 8 historical vignettes performed throughout the Depot by Depot volunteers and other familiar Saluda residents dressed as characters from Saluda’s past.

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The program features eight historical vignettes depicting events in the history of the railroad and the town of Saluda. Visitors will travel back in time where they will meet:

  1. Joel Roberts Poinsette 1835– performed by Dave O’Brien
  2. Captain Charles Pearson and Captain Thaddeus Coleman 1877- performed by Mike Reeves and Ralph Mayer
  3. Pitt Bellew and his Brakeman 1903- performed by Bruce Jayne and Nancy Pew
  4. Two Convicts, Otis and Floyd 1877—performed by Monty Crisp and Paul Marion
  5. Saluda Depot Station Master and Carolina Special Dining Car Head Waiter 1925- performed by Greg Bryant and Howard Troxler
  6. Dr. Lesesne Smith and Nurse Carter 1918-performed by Steve Smith and Lynn Casey
  7. Two hoboes (Boxcar Billy and Frisco Jack} 1930- performed by Dave Zimmerman and Rich Miller
  8. Two ladies traveling on the train to Charleston 1903 (Northern Lady, Effie Ford) performed by Helene Pasternak and (Southern Lady, Annabelle Wright)- performed by Mayor Tangie Morgan


Food and beverages will be served in the Moon Glass garden area. The Saluda Visitor Center will be open for your convenience and there you can view the drone video of the Saluda Grade as it now looks. Moon Glass Studio and Jim Carson’s Studio will be open and there will also be live music for your enjoyment graciously provided by Todd Neel and band. 


Please note that, even though this is a free community event, space is limited. So, tickets will be issued.  If you would like to attend this exciting event, please contact Nita High at 828-747-8692 or email Night at the Museum is funded by a grant awarded by the Polk County Community Foundation.


Submitted by Nita High