Saluda's Historic Depot District
It's obvious to anyone that visits Saluda that it is a railroad town. Even though the trains no longer travel up the famously steep Saluda Grade and through the middle of town, there is still an enchanting opportunity for visitors to experience the railroad culture that has been so important to this historic town.
Where once the Saluda train depot received the throngs of seasonal visitors that caused the annual swelling of the population in their search for good health and relaxation, the area has been lovingly restored to house several shops in a unique setting rich with history and character. Known as Saluda Station, the area between the Saluda Public Library and City Hall contains the relocated Saluda depot building as well as a genuine 19th century caboose from the Southern Railway line.
The external colors are taken from gallons of original paint discovered in a Columbia, S.C. warehouse, while the interior surrounds one with the rich luster of beautifully finished woodwork. Take some time to browse and enjoy not just the ambiance of this special restoration, but the delightful small businesses that are here.
Enjoy a real cappuccino and enjoy a comfortable seat in the shade while you take in the sounds of local musicians in the "open air listening room" created by the excellent acoustical space between the caboose and neighboring buildings. Historic Saluda Station is not to be missed on your visit, and is one of many charming scenes that make Saluda such a unique and special place to spend a memorable bit of your time.