Hoschton Depot

(2013 photo)

The Gainesville, Jefferson & Southern Railroad depot in Hoschton was built in 1883, eight years before the town received a municipal charter. Running north to Gainesville and south to Winder and Monroe, the GJ&S was constructed as a narrow-gauge line, a technology then thought appropriate for lightly populated regions. The rails through Hoschton were converted to standard gauge in 1913.

The building served as a railroad depot until 1947, when GJ&S successor Georgia Midland abandoned the section of the line between Monroe and Belmont. (Belmont is on Hwy. 60, about 10 miles south of Gainesville.)

In the mid-1990s, the Hoschton Women’s Civic Club began working to preserve the depot as part of the town's heritage. A nomination to the National Register of Historic Places was successful, and funding for repairs and rehabilitation was secured in subsequent years. It is now used as a community center.

Hoschton, a town of 1,300 people, is in Jackson County in northeast Georgia.

Above, the depot in 2005.

The historic marker at the depot tells a familiar story about a new railroad's effect on a community.


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