Hands-on history event this weekend
Published 9:48 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2015
An event at the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum this weekend will bring the history of yesteryear’s railroads to life for young and old.
“We’re going to try to teach the kids, and adults as well, some of the things traditionally the railroad would use and everyday experiences on the railroad,” said Denise Dooley, museum manager at the station.
The event will take place at the museum, 326 N. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free, but a $2 donation is suggested.
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Visitors will get to hear from a re-enactor portraying Station Master Laurence Baker. He will explain some of the history of railroads in Suffolk.
Lantern signals used in the days of old will be explained, and Morse code will be demonstrated.
“They will learn why that was important in the days before cellphones, before today’s technology,” Dooley said.
Visitors will learn about the experience of a dining car and learn the history of the station’s caboose, which sits outside.
Kids will be able to do crafts including designing their own china pattern, as railroads did in the past, and creating their own dining car menus. They also can color train magnets.
Members of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans group also will be on hand to explain the role Suffolk’s railroads played in the Civil War.
Dooley said this is the first time for the museum doing an event such as this one.
“We’re hoping we get a pretty good turnout,” she said, adding the event is likely to be brought back and improved upon next year if this one proves popular.
Call the station at 923-4750 for more information.