Travel Tuesday – Historic Cullman Railroad Depot

More pictures from my adopted home town. While no one in my family would have come through Cullman County on the railroad, I can imagine that some one of them would have visited a rail road depot some where.

The Cullman Railroad Depot as it stands now was completed in 1913 by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company (L & N). This depot replaced the original depot in Cullman, when the tracks were laid below ground level. Passenger service stopped running to Cullman in 1968, and the depot was used by section crews, until 1990, when the depot was purchased by the City of Cullman and today it houses the United Way of Cullman County. In the lobby are vintage railroad related items on display and outside is a restored L & N caboose. The depot was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

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Hubert Richter Memorial Chapel

Even though the little chapel is not a historic, it’s one of things I find most unique about my hometown. It was constructed in the early 1990’s by donations made to the Richter Chapel Fund. The little chapel was built-in memory of James Hubert Richter.

The chapel is at 419 1st Avenue Southeast, Cullman, Alabama and is open to the public every day. This a very popular place in Cullman to get married. I would have to say that wedding pictures here would be amazing! Such a beautiful setting!

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Historic Weiss Cottage – Cullman, Alabama’s Oldest Home

The history of Weiss Cottage dates back to February 24, 1875, when Dr. Aldo Weiss purchased the house and property from the L & N Railroad Company. As small as this house is Dr. Weiss, his wife, Magdelena, and 3 children, Emma, Charles, and Clara all lived there, and Dr. Weiss also used the home for his office and even kept his goats in the cellar. Dr. Weiss sold the home to Judge S.L. Fuller in December, 1889, and the home went through several owners until 1917 when Charles Ruehl purchased the property. In 1976, owner Inez Ruehl donated the cottage to the City of Cullman on the condition it be moved from 206 Sixth Avenue, S. E. to 401 1st Avenue SW.

Once the cottage was moved to it’s current location, the City of Cullman’s Federated Women’s Club began a restoration project to return the home to it’s historical style. On January 25, 1977 the cottage was added by the Alabama Historical Commission to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the Alabama Historical Commission.

I love my adopted home town, so much history packed into a small southern town.

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St John’s Episcopal Church – Decatur, Alabama

As I was driving around Decatur today, trying to find the Morgan County Courthouse (yes, I got a speeding ticket that I had to go pay), I drove by this beautiful church and I couldn’t resist stopping to take some pictures.

St John’s Episcopal Church was established in 1890, in the heart of downtown Decatur, Alabama. In 1893, the congregation dedicated the original structure that was built in the Gothic-style. The wooden church has since been in encased in stone. In 1983, the church was added to the  National Register of Historic Places as part of the New Decatur/Albany Residential Historic District.