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NEWS

NOTES ON RECENT ACTIVITY

June 2023: Community Support Event: First Annual Depot Garage Sale, supported by more than 200 customers, 50 families donating items, and $6k raised to help stabilize, secure and refurbish the depot.

Jan 17, 2023: Deed Transfer: Lake State Railway Company Representatives were at the Harrisville Train Depot on Dock Street in Harrisville to gift the historic depot and surrounding property to the Alcona Historical Society for the purpose of preservation.   Members of the Alcona Historical Society, Harrisville Depot Committee, local dignitaries, and community members were on hand to witness this long awaited benchmark in the depot's history. 

 

The historical landmark, built in 1901 from regionally sourced limestone, serviced Harrisville and the surrounding areas, carrying passengers, freight, and servicemen off to two World Wars.  Closed by the D&M in 1951, it has been shuttered and abandoned for almost 2/3rd's of its life. Quietly standing sentinel through the years while repeatedly being subjected to vandalism, abuse, and neglect.  Through it all, this quaint little building has retained its charm and elegance, just waiting for its time to shine.    

 

December 2022:  Interior, Exterior Baseline Environmental Assessment conducted by Michigan DNR/Environment Great Lakes & Energy.  Funded by EGLE; all reports show no issues

 

November 2022: Established goal - The goal of saving and restoring the Depot is to provide the Harrisville community with a historically significant structure serving as a multi-use community resource facility for education, community gathering, event and performance venue, historical education, railroad/Michigan heritage, Great Lakes Heritage and Arts resource serving Alcona County residents, students, seniors and visitors. 

Oct 1, 2022 The Alcona Historical Society meeting confirmed it serves as parent organization moving forward with the Depot project. The Alcona Historical Society formed the Harrisville Depot Committeeto facilitate this transfer of ownership and initialize steps leading to the depot's future preservation.  Notes Harrisville Depot Committee Co-Chair Becky Schroeder,  "As a building of noted historical significance, eye-catching architecture and interior charm, this building is well-deserving of preservation.   As soon as the ink is dry on the deed, the Harrisville Depot Committee will be working full steam on the enormous task of fundraising."

 

 

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