Built in 1881, the Vestal train depot brought a new look to the area. With its steeply pitched roof, distinctive curve over the eaves and circular roof supports, the building had a unique and somewhat oriental appearance. Designed in what became known as “pagoda style,” it would serve as a model for several train depots built along the route west of Binghamton.
Eventually, declining rail traffic forced the closure of Vestal Station in 1959. After sitting vacant for several years the Town of Vestal bought the building with plans to relocate it next to the Vestal Library, rehabilitate the structure, and use it as a museum. Since reopening in 1976, Vestal Museum has served the community with ongoing exhibits and educational programs.
Today the unique architecture and graceful style of this local historic landmark stand out as one of the area’s most prominent and recognizable icons. Inside, exhibits fill the building and are changed regularly, but there is more to see beyond the displays. The ticket window, worn wooden floors, freight scales and large sliding doors all have stories to tell — of traveling along New York’s “Path Through History”.
Photos Courtesy of:
The Broome County Historical Society