Historic Salisbury Station Vintage Photo

The Salisbury Station

Built in the Spanish Mission style in 1908 from a design by architect Frank P. Milburn, the Salisbury Railway Passenger Station, located at 215 Depot Street in Salisbury, was a mainline station between Washington D.C. and Atlanta, GA and served as one of the region’s major thoroughfares. As train travel declined, the Salisbury Station was largely ignored, closing to passenger service in 1979. It lay vacant for many years becoming a victim of weather and neglect.

In 1976 the Salisbury Railway Passenger Station was recognized in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1984 Historic Salisbury Foundation, Inc. purchased the property from the North Carolina Railroad Company and the Norfolk Southern Company and took on the challenge of resurrecting this unique landmark.

Historic Salisbury Foundation spent over $3.1 million to restore the Station. Work was completed in three phases. The first phase in 1990 opened four office spaces. The second phase in 1993 opened the Grand Waiting Room with is special events spaces. And, in 1996, the Foundation completed the third phase of work for additional office space.

The Salisbury Railway Passenger Station now houses the offices for Historic Salisbury Foundation, Inc., the Salisbury Amtrak Station and the Salisbury Art Station. The property is a fine example of historic preservation and adaptive re-use. As importantly, its restoration acted as a catalyst for redevelopment of the then surrounding derelict area. Today the neighborhood is a vibrant mix of arts, antiques, offices and other cultural activities. The Salisbury Station is also used as an event space. Formally called The Salisbury Train Depot, the Foundation decided to rename the space to its original name in 2018, it is now called the Historic Salisbury Station.

See where we are featured on The Great American Stations website. Amtrak established the Great American Stations Project in 2006 to educate communities on the benefits of redeveloping train stations, offer tools to community leaders to preserve their stations, and provide the appropriate Amtrak resources.