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UPublish story by Jane Scott, President of the Copley Historical Society

The 1891 era Copley Train Depot, located at 3772 Copley Road, west of the Circle, will be open for public tours Saturday, October 12, 1-4 pm. This will be the last public open house of the 2013 season.

The Depot was originally located on Cleveland-Massillon Rd, at the railroad tracks, just north of The Circle. After sitting unused since 1954, following the end of passenger service in Copley, it was doomed to being demolished. In 1974, it was saved by a group who later became the Copley Historical Society. Monies were raised and the building was partially dismantled and moved to the present location, reassembled and refurbished, still next to the railroad tracks. We have tried very hard to have the interior represent how it looked when last in use, along with many other items of memorabilia: log books, passenger/freight rate books, maps, telegraph sender/sounder apparatus, “packages’’ left in the freight room to be picked up by local residents. There is a model of a steam engine, coal tender and caboose, hand-made by member Mr. Ed Shepherd. In 2001, The Depot is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places.

Also on October 12, we will have our 4th annual Walking Tour of the Copley Cemetery, starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the tour is $2.00 and will be on sale at the Depot along with some light refreshments. (The Depot will not be open for tours at this time.) Rain date will be Saturday, Oct 19, 2013, 7 pm. There will lantern-carrying guides directing you around the cemetery to where several members of the Historical Society will be presenting family histories. It will be a fun, entertaining and maybe even a little educational evening.

The October meeting of the Copley Historical Society will be MONDAY,

October 21, 7 pm, at the Community Center, 1278 Sunset Dr, off Copley Rd.,

just west of The Circle, behind the Copley Police Department. The Summit County Historical Society will present “Grandma’s Attic and Grandpa’s Garage,” Suitcases brimming with tools, clothing, sporting equipment, and various treasurers are sure to spark fond memories of yesteryear as we explore the nook and crannies of Grandma’ attic and Grandpa’s garage. This program will be a great chance for you to bring a friend. This program is free of charge.

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