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Jesup Railroad Depot

The Jesup Railroad Depot was originally erected in 1903 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL). While it still served as one of three Amtrak station stops in Georgia (as part of Amtrak’s north-south Silver Service), the depot had fallen into disrepair and limited use by its owner, CSX Transportation. The railroad depot further suffered severe damage to its roof and interior from an electrical fire in 2003, which prevented additional inside lobby use by Amtrak patrons, and threatened continued Amtrak use as a station stop. The railroad depot and Amtrak station had long been recognized as a vital economic use and benefit both locally, and on a regional basis.

To preserve the structure, its important Amtrak use, and its landmark downtown status, the City of Jesup was successful in purchasing the depot from CSX, and in having it designated at the federal level as a High Priority Project by the Federal Highway Administration. This designation facilitated receipt of $836,000 in federal transportation funds in 2005 to restore the depot. Ground-breaking for restoration was held in December, 2011.

Completion of the rehabilitation of the Jesup Railroad Depot was first celebrated during the October, 2012 City of Jesup’s Arch Festival, and later with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony in March, 2013. The Jesup Downtown Depot is now a gleaming centerpiece for downtown Jesup, which includes a beautiful new waiting room for Amtrak passengers, community meeting spaces, and new offices and welcome center for the Wayne County Board of Tourism. The adjacent area to the depot has been further upgraded and landscaped by the City of Jesup to add a fountain and its historic Arch. The historic Jesup Railroad Depot is once again an important, functioning component of downtown revitalization, and local and regional economic development.

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