Batavia Depot Museum will temporarily close due to roof construction

The Batavia Depot Museum will be closed from Thursday October 20 to Tuesday October 25 as workers remove the existing roof and build a new one.

Because the museum’s historical collection is stored onsite, protecting valuable archival documents, original photos and artifacts is a priority, said Kate Garrett, director of the Depot Museum. “Maintaining a strong structure is one part of our plan to care for these artifacts for future generations,” she said. “Periodic repairs and upgrades help us prevent the possibility of more costly disaster mitigation down the road.”

The building dates back to 1854 when it served as a passenger depot on the east side of Batavia for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. It was decommissioned and put up for sale in 1963, Garrett noted. Concerned citizens donated funds to purchase the depot, and it was moved to its current location in 1973.

The museum opened in 1975 as a cooperative effort of the Batavia Park District, which maintains the facilities and staff, and the Batavia Historical Society, which owns the artifacts. Exhibits tell the story of railroad transportation, wind turbine manufacturing, agriculture, banking, commerce, and Mary Todd Lincoln’s brief stay in Batavia at Bellevue Place. The Depot Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information on the Batavia Depot museum, visit https://bataviaparks.org.

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