Categories: Venice Florida Events
- November 25, 2017 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm
- December 2, 2017 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm
- December 9, 2017 @ 10am - 1pm
- December 16, 2017 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm
- December 23, 2017 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm
- December 30, 2017 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm
- January 6, 2018 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm
- January 13, 2018 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm
- January 20, 2018 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm
- Cost: FREE
Historic Venice Train Depot Tours
Location: 303 E. Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285
TOUR THE HISTORIC VENICE TRAIN DEPOT
FREE tours of the historic 1927 train depot.
The Depot is open
- year-round on Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM, with the last docent-led tour beginning at 12:30, and
- November through April on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM, with the last docent-led tour beginning at 2:30.
Tours start in the main waiting room. The length of tours can be tailored to your needs. In addition to docent-led tours, self-guided tours are an option. Both the Depot and the caboose are accessible facilities. Donations are appreciated to help defray expenses. To make reservations for groups of 10 or more please call 941-412-0151
About The Venice Train Station
The Venice Train Station, built in 1927, was the last stop on the Seaboard Air Line Railway. Until passenger trains quit running, in 1971, the train station was the arrival point for people interested in buying property in the new town being developed by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers; and later, the cadets of the Kentucky Military Institute, arriving around Christmas to stay until nearly Easter. The last train to use the station, belonged to Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, which made its winter home in Venice from 1960 until the train tracks were no longer usable in 1992.
For several decades, the station was abandoned, left to vagabonds, graffiti artists and deterioration from the elements. Sarasota County purchased the property from the railroad company that owned it and restored it to its original condition. The newly renovated station opened in January 2005. Tours are available.
OTHER FEATURES OF THE DEPOT CAMPUS
- 6443 red caboose donated by CSX Transportation, Inc.
- Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park with picnic tables
- Statue of Gunther Gebel-Williams, world famous animal trainer and mega-star of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
- Access to the Legacy Trail and the Venetian Waterway