The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation presented the 2008 Heritage Tourism Award to the Belton Area Museum Association, Anderson County, and the Belton Area Partnership for their restoration of the Belton Train Depot in upstate South Carolina. The recognition was made at the opening session of the Landmark and Preservation Conference in Greenville.
Renovations designed by Craig Gaulden Davis and completed in 2006 restored the almost century-old structure, which had been a museum and venue for bluegrass music for a number of years. The building now has new hardwood flooring, an HVAC system that meets museum standards, handicap accessibility, repaired and newly painted walls, and updated plumbing and electrical systems.
The Depot houses the Ruth Drake Museum, the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, and an exhibition gallery and performance space. It is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, contact Director Shirah Heller, 864-338-7400 or visit the Depot’s webpage.