The Smithsonian Has Arrived at Historic Summerville Depot; Dates, Times and Themes Listed

An exhibit examining the evolving landscape of rural America during the 20th century will open in the historic Summerville Depot on Saturday, March 7.

“Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” presented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street in cooperation with Georgia Humanities, will remain on view through April 18 in the train depot, 119 E. Washington St. in Summerville, Georgia.

According to Susan Locklear, manager of Summerville Main Street, the Summerville Depot and surrounding community was expressly chosen by Georgia Humanities to host “Crossroads” as part of the Museum on Main Street program. Museum on Main Street is a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. Summerville is one of just six host communities in Georgia.

If you go

* What: “Crossroads: Change in Rural America”

* Where: Summerville Depot, 119 E. Washington St., Summerville, Georgia

* When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

* Admission: Free

* For more information: 706-859-0900

These free events will include special themed weekend activities. The first, March 7-8, is “Arts All Over.”

The Grand Opening Ceremony and ribbon cutting was held on March 7.

Train rides by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum will be available each weekend. The exhibit’s hours will be extended from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, March 7, 14 and 21 in order to accommodate train excursion passengers.


Themed events for weekends during the showing of “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” are:

* March 7-8: “Arts All Over”

* March 14-15: “Music of Rural America”

* March 21-22: “Old-Fashioned Weekend”

* March 28-29: “Spotlight on Culture”

* April 4-5: “Agriculture Weekend”

* April 11: “Egg Stravaganza”

* April 17-18: “All-American Weekend”