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

Published 12:32 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2023

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Night at the Museum was presented at the Saluda Historic Depot and Museum on Friday, October 27. 

This second annual event included nine historical vignettes performed throughout the Depot by volunteers dressed as characters from Saluda’s past. The program featured events in the history of the railroad and the town of Saluda. 

Visitors  traveled back in time where they met:

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Joel Roberts Poinsett (1835) performed by Dave O’Brien; Captain Charles Pearson and Colonel Thaddeus Coleman (1877) performed by Mike Reeves and Ralph Mayer; engineer Pitt Bellew and his brakeman (1903) performed by Bruce Jayne and John Wilkinson; two convicts, Otis and Floyd, (1877) performed by Monty Crisp and Richard Henrich; Saluda Depot station master and Carolina Special dining car head waiter (1925) performed by Greg Bryant and Howard Troxler; Dr. Lesesne Smith and Nurse Carter (1914) performed by Bruce Hunt and Lynn Casey; two hoboes, Boxcar Billy and Frisco Jack, (1930) performed by Dave Zimmerman and Rich Miller; two ladies traveling on the train to Charleston (1903) performed by Donna Southworth and Jane Mayer and Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald performed by Mary Reeves and Scott Varn. 

Food and beverages were prepared by Chef Chris Williams and served in the Saluda Moon Glass Studio garden area. There was also live music provided by Todd Neel and the Saluda Grade String Band.  

Night at the Museum was funded by a grant awarded by the Polk County Community Foundation.