Niota, TN Historic Railroad Depot

Currently home to City Hall, the railroad Depot in Niota, TN is the oldest standing depot in the state of Tennessee.  A Depot Preservation Committee has been formed. Built in 1854, the brick depot had tw separate sections--one a ticket booth, office and customer seating, and the other a large open warehouse for freight. Federal forces occupied Niota, then known as Mossy Creek, during the war and even turned the depot into a minifortification by knocking out bricks from the freight section so their rifles could fire on passing troops. During the second half of the war, the 2nd Ohio heavy Artillery, Company C and the 1st Wisconsin Heavy artillery, Company C, were stationed in the town at different times and both units used the depot.

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Latitude: 35.5134072 Longitude: -84.5452097 Elevation: 1006 ft
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About this Establishment

The Civil War marker is located on the front lawn of the Depot, which is now home to City Hall.

Time Period Represented

1854

Hours Open

9-5

Visitor Fees

None

Seasons Open

All

Price Style for this Establishment

N/A

ADA Accessibility Notes

Yes

Pet Friendly Notes

Yes

How to Get There

I-75, Exit 56 Niota, TN.  Travel East 1 1/2 miles to T at Hwy. 11.  Turn right, travel 500 yards to marker for left turn to depot.  The depot, bank, post office, library, etc are one block from Hwy. 11. 

Comments

I have a 1891 train depot....enjoyed reading about yours...mine is in Roane Co Tn

anne gilmer, 12/20/2015

Niota is also home of The Niota Fried Green Tomato Festival, a yearly event which proceeds benefit the reconstruction and up-keep of The Historical Niota Depot. The festival is held the second Saturday of September. Like the event on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Niota-Fried-Green-Tomato-Festival-Niota-TN-245580455487054/

Tammy Barker, 5/23/2016

I LIVED ACROSS THE STREET IN THE 40’S. PLAYED WITH FRIENDS THERE. STEAM ENGINES WAS THE POWER THEN. LATE ONE NIGHT A TRAIN STOPPED BY THE DEPOT WITH A HOT BOX(LOW LUBRICANT TO THE WHEEL) AND THE WHEEL WAS SOLID RED. I LIVED UPSTAIRS IN MY GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE AND HAD A GOOD VIEW.

ROBERT E. LEE, 7/20/2017

My husband, George, and I were traveling through Tennessee on I75 and came across the sign for the town of Niota. We had to stop and take a look. The quaint buildings and beautiful surroundings made our brief visit very special.

Cindy-Lea Niotta, Temecula, CA 7/1/2018, 7/1/2018

Niota is one of those sleepy towns that has a very special appeal. It is a one stoplight town with a population that has not changed in 100 years. It has it’s "special places" that locals know of and a couple surprises if you dig around. The sock factory is very cool and proclaims the softest socks in the world, the train depot is very nostalgic and functions as the town hall. We moved here 3 years ago and love the rural atmosphere and small town festivals.

Tim Atkinson, 10/28/2018

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