Dade City to open museum at historic Train Depot

Dade City plans to convert the historic train station at 14206 U.S. Hwy 98 Bypass into a heritage museum.  JAY CONNER  |  File
Dade City plans to convert the historic train station at 14206 U.S. Hwy 98 Bypass into a heritage museum. JAY CONNER | File
Published May 9 2018
Updated May 9 2018

DADE CITY — A new museum celebrating Dade City’s history is coming to its 1912 landmark Train Depot building.

The Dade City Commission voted to enter into a lease agreement with museum operator Joy Lynn, so she can bring to life the "Dade City Heritage and Cultural Museum."

The museum will use the historic building at 14206 U.S. 98 Bypass on the east end of Meridian Avenue.

Commissioners have sought a new use for the building since vacating it when the city built a new City Hall downtown in 2015.

Lynn, a longtime operator of a heritage museum in West Virginia, told commissioners in March she is making Dade City her full-time home. The Train Depot is the perfect spot for a museum delving deep into Dade City’s storied past, she told them, especially with an operational railroad track adjacent to the building.

Plans are to start a trolley tour from the museum to take customers through the city to view historic sites.

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