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Renovation on Historic Building Complete

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Renovation work on a historic building in the wiregrass wrapped up recently.

A local group has been working to preserve the old Gordon depot which now stands in the town of Columbia.

“It was our desire to purchase the depot our depot had been torn in the 1960's. We felt like it was a piece of history we could recapture,”

Bonnie Swords is the president of the Columbia Historical Society.

She says the depot was first built in the 1890's and was later relocated.

“The Gordon Depot was purchased by the Lang brothers in Dothan and it was moved to Dothan,” said Swords.

But in 2004, the historical society made a move to bring the depot to Columbia.

“We purchased it originally for $10,000 thousand, we were afraid it was going to be destroyed,”

Swords says historic buildings like this get demolished all too often.

“A lot of the depots they go in and they gut them and the originality has been lost. So we wanted to preserve as much as we could,”

Renovating the more than 100-year-old building wasn't cheap.

“We were able to accomplish this by Mayor James Green, he and his council provided $60,000 in funds to us,”

“We have maintained the originality, the wood, it has been an ongoing process,”

There was no rush to finish the work.

“We have moved slowly with the project because we done correctly,” added Swords.

Swords hopes Columbia’s newest depot will help bring the community together.

“We want to make this like a welcome center for tourists and for anyone who would like to host an event here weddings retirement parties or just get-togethers,” said Swords.

The Houston County Commission chipped in $20,000 dollars over the past five years to help pay for the renovations.


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