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047-5301 Norge Train Depot

Norge Train Depot
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VLR Listing Date 12/05/2007

NRHP Listing Date 05/05/2009

NPS property number 08000256

The Norge Train Depot is a good example of the standardized architecture used by the railroads in the early 20th century. Prior to its construction around 1908, residents of Norge had to travel two miles west to the town of Toano in order to catch a passenger train. With an influx of Norwegian immigrants to the area in 1896, a local passenger depot on the Chesapeake & Ohio line became a necessity. Although mass-produced, the building was both sturdy and stylish as seen today in its roofline, the interiors of the waiting rooms and the canted bay that marked the train agent’s office. The depot is also a good example of what was known as a “combination station,” a building that could be customized to serve the regional needs of its location. Faced with the threat of demolition, the building was relocated away from the railroad in early 2006 to its current site near the James City County Library, where it has been restored.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated September 17, 2018